We are gathered here as Your family. O Lord.
As a family of faith and love.
we give You thanks.
As Your guests at the table of life,
we are grateful that You have set a place for us.
As Your children,
we strive to follow You in all we do.
As servants to Your will,
we acknowledge the gift of Your understanding and mercy.
As Your stewards,
we are filled with wonder in the presence of Your might deeds
and accept our responsibilities in Your service.
As Your heirs,
we are humbled by the bounty You have given us,
for each beat of our heart and each breath that we draw,
is ours only through Your grace.
And, as Your family, we shout Your name
and give You all glory and honor, praise and thanks.
DO YOU THINK VOTING YES ON NO. 1 IS A JOKE? THINK IT WON’T HURT OUR YOUTHS? THINK IT’S OK FOR YOU, IT’S OK FOR YOUR KIDS? THINK AGAIN, IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT? BEFORE YOU DECIDE READ THIS:
Statement from Bishop Robert P. Deeley on Question 1
In November, Maine residents will cast their vote on Question 1, which seeks to decriminalize the recreational use of marijuana. Passage of this referendum would make it legal for your children to possess marijuana, a fact recently confirmed by Maine Attorney Genera1 Janet Mills.
In a particularly inflamed political climate, perhaps it is best to use the example of another state that has gone down the path Maine is considering now. Examine the devastating impact felt in Colorado since the commercial sale of marijuana began in January of 2014. A comprehensive report issued last month by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area states that since marijuana has been legalized, marijuana-related traffic deaths have increased by 62 percent and marijuana-related hospitalizations have increased by over 30 percent.
The use and abuse of marijuana by the youth of Colorado has increased by 20 percent since Legalization. The young people in Colorado rank first in the nation for marijuana use, an illegal activity for anyone under the age of 21.It should come as no surprise that expulsion and dropout rates have spiked significantly; family lives have been negatively affected; and anxiety about public safety has risen.
Do we really want to bring these issues to Maine families, schools, and communities?
Marijuana represents a significant part of substance use in America and adversely affects the health of millions of Americans. The widespread use of marijuana, particularly by young people under the age of 18, is steadily increasing while scientific evidence clearly links its long-term damaging effects on brain development. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states: ‘When marijuana users begin using as teenagers, the drug may reduce thinking, memory, and learning functions and affects how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions. Marijuana’s effects on these abilities may last a long time or even be permanent.”
Legalizing a drug for recreational use that causes these effects on the human body, particularly our youth, is not a path that civil society should choose to take. Maine is currently waging a losing battle against opioid abuse. Our attention must not be diverted from that health crisis, nor do we want to add fuel to the problem by increasing the number of marijuana users who might one day “graduate” to other illegal/illicit/proscribed substances. The legalization of marijuana can only serve to worsen this crisis. The Catholic Church teaches “the use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense.” The diocese hopes that voters will listen to doctors, public safety agencies, and substance-abuse professionals who have expressed their opposition to this dangerous prospect.
Legalizing marijuana sends a message to our young people that this recreational drug use is acceptable. I join the Maine Medical Association, the Maine State Chiefs of Police, the Maine Association of School nurses, the Office of the Attorney General, and many others in opposing the legalization of marijuana. I urge the voters of Maine to vote NO on Question 1 on November 8,2016
“We are reminded that life is both precious, and vulnerable”…… The question may be asked how do we promote a respect for life? I believe that this begins to happen when we accept, and respect ourselves. In prayer, may we begin to see ourselves, or continue to see ourselves as beloved sons and daughters of God, may we love ourselves dearly. This is not being selfish. Jesus tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. This can be difficult, it includes acceptance, and forgiveness. It is the work of a lifetime. I know this to be a fact, because for most of my adult faith journey, I did not like myself, or accept myself. In the past few years, by the grace of God, I have begun to see my dignity, and appreciate my life. May this be true of us all.” by Father Joseph.
From: THE CHRISTMAS BLESSING BKY Donna Vanlier:
“……………..it’s not about how long you live, but how you live, because before you know it, our time is up and we leave this place. ……………………It’s been twenty years since I stood on that windey hillside with my mother. ‘TIME IN THE VALLEY WILL TEACH YOU TO BE A MAN, NATHAN,’ she had said. IT’S WHERE YOU CHARACTER WILL FORM. I HOPE YOU GO THROUGH THE VALLEY SO THAT YOU’LL LEARN HOW TO LOVE AND FEEL AND UNDERSTAND. AND WHEN LIFE WOUNDS YOU, I HOPE IT IS BECAUSE YOU LOVED PEOPLE, NOT BECAUSE YOU MISTREATED THEM.’ It was a blessing of sorts; a blessing that forges love in the darkest places…………………………But I know that although we man never understand it, there is a plan, and though it may be traced in pain, in the end there will be joy, and it will be beautiful.”