October is Respect Life Month, the Month of the Rosary and the Month of the Missions

For us Catholics October is Respect Life Month, the Month of the Rosary and the Month of the Missions. The first Sunday of October is Respect Life Sunday; October 7 is the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary; and the next-to-last Sunday of October is World Mission Sunday. All of these observances and causes are near and dear to the hearts of the Knights, and I hope you will promote them in any way you can.

Now that Pope Francis has concluded his apostolic visit to the United States and the World Meeting of Families, there is much to consider. He spoke of inclusion, joy, dialogue, religious liberty, respect for human life and dignity, and God’s plan for marriage and the family. In his own inimitable way he touched the hearts of believers and unbelievers alike. Behind the smile, however, there was determination and truth. Now we will have to wait to see what effect his presence and messages will have on all sectors of American society, both secular and religious.

As the Synod on the Family convenes this month, the gospel of the family, which Pope Francis called God’s first gift to humanity, will capture the attention of the world. May God inspire the Synod Fathers as they articulate the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family in a way the world needs to hear it today. We will then await our Holy Father’s post-synodal apostolic exhortation to sum it all up.

May Mary, Queen of the Rosary and Queen of Families, pray for us. May God bless you and your families. May God bless you and your families. Enjoy what’s left of the summer.

-- Msgr. Michael Gorman, Chaplain