I get annoyed when I see Christmas decorations at the end of August at most stores. I was frustrated until I realized my family started discussing what we were having for Thanksgiving Dinner in September.
It’s now been more than a year since the Russian invasion of Ukraine brought scenes of devastation and death to Europe unseen there since the 1940s in World War II. This past month, in the Middle East, Hamas unleashed one of the most vicious terrorist attacks in history, resulting in what has been described as the largest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust, again prompting a war that already is taking a massive toll on civilians, with many fears that it will escalate into a still broader conflict.
As we celebrate this autumn season of harvesting, I am once again mindful of gatherings in October that feature a smorgasbord. The Swedish tradition of smorgasbord is a buffet of plenty with many small dishes. My article this month is going to be a smorgasbord of plenty, featuring a number of delectable delights.
I remember vividly the first time I prayed the rosary, because it scared me. I had not yet been received into full communion with the Catholic Church or even joined RCIA, but I was on the precipice of it, and praying the rosary was a big step.
Political structures in Israel during the time of Jesus were a bit complex. Without going into detail, the “king” that we hear about during the adulthood of Jesus was Herod Antipas. He was the son of Herod the Great from the time of Jesus’ childhood, but both Herods were basically puppets of the Roman Empire.
I have been uncomfortable enough, so I don’t have to put myself in situations where I am uneasy. I have moments where I believe I put enough time in, thinking someone else can pick up the torch. I am still passionate about the same issues and support causes I believe in, but I have those instances where I am sick of sticking my neck out or being bold in public.
October is Respect Life Month, and it’s now been more than a year since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its Roe v. Wade decision. Overturning that egregious decision has been a primary goal of the pro-life movement for decades, and a point of unity.
With the arrival of September, we bid farewell to a summer season. I hope and pray that your summertime was refreshing and rejuvenating. Hopefully, you can point to a time or two where you genuinely felt the healing, hope, and joy of Jesus in the event, experience, or people that were brought forth on any given summer day.
On Aug. 10, Bishop Daniel Felton, the diocesan Pastoral Center staff, and representatives from the mission fields serving the diocese came together at the College of St. Scholastica for a day of dialogue and fellowship as the local church continues to implement Bishop Felton’s pastoral letter.