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On Wednesday morning, Deacon Frank Baskind’s Gospel reflection was a great reminder for us to also summon the Holy Spirit in October. Together, he quietly invited all present to listen to and contemplate the simple words of the Our Father prayer. By talking us line by line through the prayer, he invited us to really think about this short, but powerful conversation with God. It didn’t take long, but he helped us to hear and listen with fresh ears.

In that same spirit of active listening, perhaps we can help our kids (and ourselves) to find a moment to pause when we get a little swept up in planning outfits and costumes for upcoming theme days. Whether we decide to keep it simple or go wild with creative imagination, it’s all the same in the eyes of the Lord, hallowed be his name.

On Thursday, we started the day by praying the Hail Mary in celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. During School Mass, Father Mike also talked about how repetition can be a calming force in our spiritual lives when we experience fear or seek solace. Physically, moments of quiet prayer can help our central nervous system regulate and maintain homeostasis, or balance.

Busted Halo has a great 2-minute video about the meaning and history of the Rosary. This ritual is another way to slow down, connect and find balance. We hope you have a chance to pray the Rosary during the month of October, which is also the month of the Rosary!