September 2018 State Newsletter, Chaplain’s Message

At the recent Supreme Convention, the State Chaplains of the Order were given an in-depth introduction to the new “Faith in Action” program which expresses the Order’s new focus for the coming years, replacing the “Surge with Service” program. The “Faith in Action’ program is aimed at building a deeper spirituality: a deeper closeness to our faith, for our members, and in my mind I see this change as a recognition that what the Order needs today is a deeper relationship with our God and a better under-standing of the teachings and history of the Church.

Interestingly enough, the Supreme Convention occurred just over a week after the 50th Anniversary of the Papal Encyclical of Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, which was promulgated on July 25th, 1968. In the past Humanae Vitae has often been attacked as ‘Pope Paul banning the Birth Control Pill,’ but it is actually a celebration of the sanctity of life which was being endangered by societal attitudes toward life issues. It is a re-minder to the world that its move toward abortion, birth control and a culture of death is in opposition to the principles of Christianity, and Pope Paul wrote it so that Catholics would be reminded of the principles of life which are central of our Faith.

And so, this 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae is a good time for us to make the effort to better understand this document and how central it is to our Faith. It is a short Encyclical and I encourage everyone to take the time to read it (easily found on the in-ternet) so as to better understand it, our Faith and our Church. After all, to study Hu-manae Vitae is to be in tune with the aims of the Order’s ‘Faith in Action’ program, to serve the Church and Family while growing in our Faith.

Fr. Edward Gibney
Associate State Chaplain