Brothers it has been over one month since Archbishop Mancini spoke to over 180 Nova Scotia, Knights at Saint Benedict. In his talk to us he “Challenged” us to step up and increase our activity in the areas that really matter concerning our church and our faith. He explained his vision for the “Gospel of Life Project” and he asked us to help. He made a point of asking “The Executive” to form a “Task Force” to find ways to do this. He asked us to concentrate our efforts on the six key points of The Gospel of Life Project which are outlined below. But he asked us to concentrate especially on Numbers 1&2
- To identify the gifts and challenges of the Gospel of Life as the Gospel of healing and reconciliation. What activities are being done now?
- “I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly” Jn. 10:10
- To deepen our understanding of Church teaching on the gift of life through theological and ethical reflection.
“Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”
- To realize that the Gospel of Life requires a consistent commitment to a range of life issues from conception to death, including lives affected by poverty, violence, illness, addiction, care for dependant family members and those with chronic and mental illness.
- To celebrate the lived commitment of many of the faithful who work for a society committed to Life in a wide variety of ministries and activities.
- To promote civil discourse and prayerful reflection together in such a way that all feel called to be part of the conversation.
- To stimulate all Christians to assume their role as witnesses to the Gospel of Life in their communities.
As of this date I have heard no response from any members of the “Executive” as to how our order in Nova Scotia will respond, or even if we intend to. Could you please give me your response to this, as I expect the Archbishop will ask what we intend to do.