Conventions don’t just happen. They require a lot of planning behind the scenes, both before and during the event. I extend my personal appreciation to the organizers of the recent Maine State Council Annual Convention for their outstanding work to create a meaningful, safe and rewarding experience for all who attended, either in person or virtually. Thank you.
I would like to call out two specific convention events. On Saturday morning, life program directors Lee and Bobble Malvin hosted a Silver Rose Prayer Service. On Sunday morning, it was my honor to host a Blessed Michael McGivney Prayer Hour. Each of these events provided members with the opportunity to offer petitions and to share our faith. Events such as these remind us of what sets our fraternity apart from others. We are Catholics who band together with our families and our faith communities to better serve God and our neighbors. I am sure Lee and Bobbie would welcome any inquiries about the Silver Rose Service. If you have any questions about the Blessed Michael McGivney Prayer Hour, please contact me directly for information.
In the 40 or so minutes that comprised the Blessed Michael McGivney Prayer Hour, attendees found solidarity, peace, hope and food for thought. The prayer hour booklet, available from Supreme or free for download, makes it easy to organize and run this event. If your council has not hosted this service, I strongly encourage you to do so. I am happy to support you.
We await the arrival of summer 2021 with new optimism. Close to home, COVID-19 appears to be retreating, thanks to efforts on multiple fronts. This is not true, however, in many parts of the world where COVID is rampant. Viruses are very adaptive and we all must remain vigilant. God gave us free will to make our own decisions, but he also gave us brains which He expects us to use as we make those decisions. We will be held accountable for the choices we make.
People of good will can look at the same facts and arrive at different conclusions about how to act. I pray that we will all follow God’s command to love our neighbors, even when they make choices with which we do not agree.
We are all God’s children. We turn to Him, our Light and our Salvation, to see us through this time and into eternity.
Faith Program Director