Dear friend in Christ,

October was "Respect for Life Month," and this year we were invited to "Live the Gospel of Life." Respecting life and living that respect out in our own lives isn't something that we should think about only in October. As October turns into November, let's continue to heed the call of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reminding us that all life is sacred and includes "the right to life for children in their mothers’ wombs, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and the marginalized...".

On November 11, we are called to remember lives that were given in service to their country. On Veterans' Day, or Armistice Day, as it was originally known, we will be observing the tradition of ringing the bells at Saint Benedict's Monastery and at Saint Scholastica Convent. The bells will toll 11 times at 11 a.m. as a symbol of our commitment to regarding this as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated."

In respectful gratitude for God's gift of life,