At the time of writing this we are preparing for our annual memorial mass on November 15th and in preparation for this mass I find myself reflecting on the significance of the month of November. November is traditionally a month that we remember those who came before us and reflect on their contributions to our lives and to our society as a whole. It is not only significant among us Catholics, but also to our society, as November 11th is Remembrance Day, which is used as the one day each year that our country remember those soldiers, sailors, and airmen that laid down their lives. As a council we traditionally come together each November to celebrate the lives of those Brother Knights of our council who have gone to meet our Lord and Saviour. It is always important to honour the lives of those who have gone before us.
At the end of the month, we turn our attention to preparing the way for the birth of our Lord. Advent gives us time to reconcile with God and prepare our hearts and souls for the arrival of His Son Jesus Christ at Christmas. For many of us this time of year can be incredibly stressful. Instead of focusing on everything that the modern world throws at you this time of year, focus on what this season is really about and why it exists, the “reason of the season”, the birth of Christ our Lord. Too many people these days focus on material things this time of year. We should pray for them and pray for each other. This season, take time to reflect on the Nativity when you pray. When you may feel stressed, turn to prayer, and take the time to pray your rosary daily. God bless you all.