As we look to these final months of the year we see little to celebrate! Life itself seems to be in “lockdown”. Danger lurks at street corners and in gatherings. Violence, terrorism and even the pandemic too often the rule our societies, where individual freedom is prized above all. A certain fear can take hold of us and con-trol us. BUT these two months will ask us to reaffirm our hope in LIFE, our faith in the One who gives us life every day……That is the Good News that always springs up amidst so much other news, fake, hateful and sometimes downright evil! Yes, it is the Gospel of life that we must welcome, care for and defend, as John Paul 11 said in his encyclical 25 years ago.