From: Mary Zimmerman
I recently read that babies (little people) are still being killed at the rate of 3,400 every single day (one quote was 4,000), despite the fact that many abortion clinics have been closed. We aren’t doing enough until every child conceived will have the right to life. Pray for abortion to stop, then pick out a favorite pro-life organization and support it. Birthright in Winona is a good one, as well as Pro-life Action League, National Director, Joe Scheider, 6160 No. Cicero Avenue, Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60646, 1-773-777-2900.
October brings us the feast days of three of my favorite saints. One characteristic they all had was humility, something for all of us to grasp. October 5 was St. Faustina’s feast day (the day she died). I can’t figure out why she isn’t on the calendar along with many others. However, it is my goal to see this happen. After talking to some priests about this matter, I decided to go to Pope Francis himself. I haven’t received a reply yet, but knowing Pope Francis, I’m quite sure I will, maybe! October 6 at Sunday Mass I was pleased to see the large Divine Mercy image I purchased for St. Mary’s Parish was up in front by the altar for all to venerate and pray for God’s mercy for us and the whole world. During the peace sign I glanced toward Jesus (the image). His hand is raised to give us His peace and blessings, with the other hand pointed toward His heart to remind us all of the blood and water that gushed out from His heart as a fount of mercy for us. In a special way I also witnessed a trinity. As Father lifted up the host, I saw Jesus’ miracle on Holy Thursday. Just behind that, I witnessed Good Friday - Jesus on the cross. Then I saw the resurrection, the image of Divine Mercy, Easter Sunday. The Divine Mercy devotion has been most instrumental in unlocking the door of depression in my life which held me captive for such a long time. I finally found peace casting my cares upon Jesus, then trusting. This doesn’t always come easy but we must keep trying. Sister Faustina died in her convent at the age of 33 and was declared a saint on Mercy Sunday in the year 2000, by Pope John Paul II.
St. Francis’ feast day was October 4. He was a great man. Some people go from rags to riches, he asked God to bring him from riches to rags. He freed himself by giving and helping the poor. I always thought my brother Jim Mack was another St. Francis. Did any of you know Jim? Now we have Pope Francis. His humility shines from him as a star in the night. I think most of the world has fallen in love with Pope Francis. Let us review the “Prayer of St. Francis.”
Then there is St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, feast day October 1, virgin and doctor of the church, often known as “The Little Flower.” People sometimes receive roses in an unusual way as a sign their prayers through her intercession will be answered. She promised she would spend heaven doing good on earth. St. Theresa entered the Carmelite convent at age 15. She spent her life saving souls, praying, helping priests, sacrificing and suffering. Loving and trusting in God was her “little way.” Her motto was “Love is repaid by love alone.” For more about this holy person’s life I highly recommend “A Story of a Soul.” It’s the most popular book next to the Bible. She died at the age of 24.
Jesus calls us all to be His hands, His feet, and His heart, bringing His peace, His hope, and His joy to our world. This is how we love Jesus; this is what it means to be a saint.
Today as I put the finishing touches on this article it is November 1, All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation for Catholics. As I witnessed the people marching up for Holy Communion, I thought these are our future saints. I hope and pray all my family and I will be among them. Mother Angelica (EWTN) says we all are called to be saints. Don’t miss the opportunity.
P.S. Come April of 2014, on Mercy Sunday, we will have two new saints - Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.