Last Friday I had the opportunity to take a day trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake to see a Shaw Festival play entitled “Lady Killers”. It was an absolutely delightful day weather wise to make this trip along the Niagara River and take a walk around town. Those Canadians know how to do it, the flowers around town are full of color, which adds to the walk being peaceful, allowing us to have another look into the beauty of nature. It is two and half-hour drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake (depending on the line at the border bridge), but it is well worth the trip for some good entertainment and relaxing day in the summer time. Try it sometime; it is good for the spirit.
One of the most popular Adult Formation programs we offer, as a parish, is the 19th Annotations, also known as the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. We have been offering them since 2005 and an average of eight or nine individuals have participated in them each year. It is a 30-week commitment, which includes weekly direction with a director and daily prayer. We are very fortunate to have several professional directors who offer their services. We are fortunate to welcome back Damian Zynda as the director of the program, she is working very part time (5 hours per week) for us to coordinate the program and provide professional guidance to the spiritual directors. If you desire a life of intimacy with God, a deeper sense of purpose and mission, please contact Damian.
It troubles me that the Federal Government is considering resuming Capital Punishment. Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development stated the following recently as he addressed this decision to consider resuming the death penalty: “In his address to Congress during his 2015 Apostolic visit to the United States, Pope Francis, echoing the views of his predecessors, called for ‘the global abolition of the death penalty.’ He further stated that, ‘[A] just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation.”
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church now provides, ‘The death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.’ I am concerned by the announcement of the United States Justice Department that it will once again turn, after many years, to the death penalty as a form of punishment. I hope and pray that Federal officials consider this teaching and abandon the announced plans to implement the death penalty once more.
Please take time to enjoy the beauty around you and appreciate it in the same way Jesus did as he walked the earth.
Let us continue to pray for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,