Here is my proposal: How about October being the “Return to God” Month?
Do you know why October was important? You may realize that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink ribbons, posters and myriad events have certainly drawn our attention to this. I started thinking about the many other causes that have chosen October for their focus. With a little research, I found many more causes than I had expected. I will present a mere sampling of them, as there isn’t enough room to do otherwise. All I can say is, “Thank God for October,” because without this month, how would we manage? Well, here goes:
First, for Catholics everywhere, it’s the Month of the Rosary, proclaimed by Pope Pius XII in the Papal Encyclical, “INGRUENTIUM MALORUM.” This is the only religious one I found. Among the others (secular), there were too many to list here but I will present a sampling. I’ll close by proposing yet one more cause, and then offer two causes from my husband, to round out this very important month. Ready?
Besides Breast Cancer, it’s Respect Life Month; Down Syndrome, Liver, Depression, and Dwarfism Awareness Month; the Prevention Month for Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, Fires, and Bullying; and is National Preparedness Month. October has been designated to highlight Principals and Pharmacists, Pizza, Pasta, Pork, Popcorn Poppin’ and Pit Bull Awareness. It is the national/American month for Apples (what a surprise!), Seafood, Country Ham, Cheese, Chili, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Dessert, and Hunger Awareness.
Here’s even more: October is National Roller Skating Month, National Car Care Month, Arts and Humanities Month, National Resident Rights Month, National Ergonomics Month, Adopt a Shelter Animal Month, Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month, National Dollhouse Month, National High School Activities Month, International Walk to School Month, National Community Planning Month, National Reading Group Month, and oh so much more!
Here is my proposal: How about October being the “Return to God” Month? Notice, I didn’t even make it “National,” even though our country’s forefathers clearly acknowledged the importance of God as they designed this new country. Their respect for faith in God is obvious from the original Founding Documents, as well as from the work of the National Center for Constitutional Studies, books written by David Barton, and the HBO series on John Adams (now on DVD). By the way, I learned earlier this year that atheism is a religion unto itself. Let us not allow atheism to gradually be mandated as our national religion. Isn’t that happening as we progressively ban God from the public square?
What I say may relate to some of you. I truly apologize if it offends others. I didn’t create the world or the rules. I am merely one passing on observations. Recently I was profoundly moved by what I read concerning Isaiah 9:10. I learned that this prophecy and what subsequently happened to the Jewish people in ancient Israel is incredibly paralleled by the same prophecy and very specific events that have happened in this country. Historically, when God has viewed people as arrogant, prideful and rejecting of Him, there have been consequences. For those wanting to learn more, you might read the book “The Harbinger” by Jonathan Cahn or watch the related DVDs. Cahn is a Messianic rabbi (a Jewish rabbi who has converted to Christianity). I mention that so you won’t be surprised. The underlying message is that we humans are to return to what God expects of us — to repent to Him and make His ways central to our individual lives and to invite Him back into the public square. I share this with you for you to ponder. Now it’s up to you.
Here are my husband Larry’s ideas: October should be National Dusting Month and National Purse Month. With the former, he feels that people with allergies might suffer somewhat less if we all dusted a lot in October, especially early in the month. As for National Purse Month, Larry recommended that women have a different purse for each October day. He assumes that most women would like that. He added that the purse sales would boost our ailing economy.
So there you are! Happy October!
Rhonda S. Jones of Canandaigua, N.Y., writes on church-state and related issues.