The month of October is such an important month for our Diocese of Bismarck. As you know, we celebrate our
THIRST 2013 Eucharistic Conference
from Oct. 25-27 and I know that this is most pleasing to our Lord. He will shower His abundant graces and blessings on us as we adore Him, the one and the only source and summit of our lives.
If you have not yet registered for
, please do so. Even if you cannot be present for the entire conference, register and come for what you can be present for. You will never regret the time you give Jesus because He will give you and yours so much more in return! Believe this, because it is true. Bring someone else with you whether you or that person is a Catholic or not. Jesus suffered, died and rose from the dead for each and every person and He waits on and looks for every person. Please give Him some of your time this month.
Also, the month of October in the Catholic Church has, by custom, been the month dedicated to the most holy rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As we continue our celebration of the great
Year of Faith
, praying the rosary is an excellent way to recall and meditate on the entire life of Jesus, as well as to see in our Blessed Lady the very kind of follower of Him all of us can be. Make a commitment to pray one of the four mysteries (joyful, sorrowful, luminous, and glorious) of the rosary each of the days of October. At the end of this month, ask yourself if you are not closer to and more in love with Jesus. I think you will answer “Yes” and it will be so because our Blessed Mother has led you to Him in and through the rosary.
You know that the official close of the Year of Faith is not too far off. However, what we have done to increase the depth and knowledge of our beautiful Catholic faith during this time prepares us to take up in earnest the new evangelization and bring the joy of our friendship with Jesus Christ to others. To that end, I have written a pastoral letter to all of you that is on the Catholic Church’s teaching and understanding of the person, as created by God in His image and likeness. This belief and teaching is the foundation for the Church’s moral, social and spiritual teachings. It is my hope that you will find it useful as you take up in your own ways the new evangelization and live and explain our faith to others in the midst of a very secular society directly affected by the “culture of death.” It is due to be published and released on October 7, 2013, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Finally, the month of October is respect life month and I ask each of you to make a commitment to pray the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel for the defense and protection of all innocent human life from the first moment of conception to natural death. Prayer is our best and surest weapon to change hearts and restore our nation to one which defends life morally, legally and socially. Procured abortion is always and in each instance a mortal sin and an intrinsically evil action. It is never to be done and it is never necessary. May God bless each of you for all your efforts for life!