Month: October 2010

Seeking Jesus

Today, I am in Evanston, at St. Mary Magdalen parish, and will also celebrate Mass with the community of St. Helen in Ft. Bridger later in the morning.  There are a number of interesting lines in the readings this weekend, but the one I will offer a brief thought on, as Tuesday is election day, regards the crowd preventing Zacchaeus from seeing Jesus.  (Luke 19:1-10) We see that Zacchaeus was “seeking to see who Jesus was”, but, “he could not see him because of the crowd”.  The primary reason for this was that Zacchaeus was […]

Mary’s Month

As we draw near the end of this month of October, a brief conversation with one of my priests this week gave me the idea to share with you a prayer for vocations which fits easily into the rosary. While I was pastor in New Albany, Indiana at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the parishioners taught me many things.  One of them was this prayer for vocations.  The parishioners that gathered each weekday for Mass always prayed the rosary before Mass.  I remember the first day praying with them, they had a prayer added, which […]

Week In Review

I’ve had a great week being “pastor” of the diocese, traveling around once again. Monday, I was in Laramie visiting with our new Vocation Director, Fr. Bill Hill. He is getting up to speed rather quickly, and I’m sure he is ready to speak with any of you about where God is calling you to serve the Church! From Laramie, I travelled through some terrible wind and snow to Rock Springs for the night.  I had a lovely visit with Fr. Carl Beavers and Fr. Jing Baldo.  Fr. Jing and I celebrated Mass Tuesday morning […]

Relevance of the Church

Recognizing the delicate balancing act required to address this topic, I wish to pull together some thoughts regarding the purpose of the Church, and thus, its relevance for people of all ages, including today. On a feast day such as today, the Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, it is good to give prayerful consideration to the beginnings of the Church in the call of Jesus and the faith of the early followers.  To build upon the faith of the Apostles means to be aware of the call of Jesus in our own life.  It means […]

Proclaim Christ

Sunday, we celebrated Mission Sunday, and I seem to be a bit like a broken record lately.  Once again, the readings spoke so clearly to the Mission of the Church, the mission of every baptized person, to proclaim Christ to the world.  Listen again to the words from St. Paul to the Romans: But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed?  And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone to preach?  And how can people preach unless they are sent?  […]

The Call We Have Received

This week’s first readings are taken from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians.  This is undoubtedly one of my favorites of Paul’s epistles.  I chose my own episcopal motto from this epistle:  Ephesians 4:15:  Rather, living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ.   We will hear this passage tomorrow morning. If we had a goal of reading some of St. Paul’s epistles every day, we would have a great reminder of the life that is ours in Jesus Christ, and the power and grace that flow from […]

Evangelist, Evangelize, Evangelization

In keeping with yesterday’s feast of St. Luke, I’d like to offer a few thoughts regarding the New Evangelization.  If you pay any attention to the statements and teachings of the Pope’s, one of the common themes of both the late Pope John Paul II and our present Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI is that of a New Evangelization. Recently, Archbishop Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington wrote a pastoral letter on the New Evangelization.  It is very well written, and helpful in understanding what this New Evangelization means, and offers practical means of […]

Fidelity; Loyalty

Today is the feast of St. Luke, Evangelist.  There is a marvelous depiction of his loyalty to St. Paul represented in the courtyard of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome.  (Picture to the left)  The scene recalls the Scripture passage of 2 Timothy, 4: 11 where St. Paul writes:  Demas has deserted me for love of this life and gone to Thessalonika, Crescens has gone to Galatia and Titus to Dalmatia; only Luke is with me.  If you look closely enough in this picture, you can see a statue of Luke in the far […]

Fire of Sin; Fire of Soul

I recently began reading Generations of Priests  by Thomas J. McGovern.  This book reviews the lives of ten saintly priests / bishops of our tradition.  The first reviews the life and writings of St. John Chrysostom (345 – 407).  St. John was known for his preaching and great use of analogies to help his followers better understand the Scriptures.  In keeping with the theme of lessons of nature in my last few blogs, I wish to share one of the quotes from St. John comparing the life of sin to that of a fire in […]

Invasive Species

Another lesson from nature comes from the effort to remove invasive species from our woods. There is one tree, oddly enough named, Tree of Heaven, that is an invasive species, and must be controlled if not eradicated. Invasive species in a hardwood forest are synonymous with sin in the spiritual life.  Obviously, the goal of the Christian life is to grow in virtue and root out all vice and sinful behaviors.  As we all know, both require effort.  The process of removing an “invasive species” requires going into the overgrown areas of the woods, where […]

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