Month: December 2010

Holy Family

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family.  The life of this family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph has much to teach us.  Perhaps, the 30 “hidden years” of Jesus life in the home at Nazareth is his greatest teaching.  What do these hidden years in the life of Christ, in the life of the home of the Holy Family tell us? First, it tells us clearly that God is close!  Think of it; Jesus spent the majority of his life on earth in the life of a family!  It is here, in the […]

Christmas Homily

Merry Christmas! I wish to begin my reflection this evening / morning with a story, which seems to capture the event of the Incarnation: Imagine a child’s sandbox.  A young Dad is driving home from work.  In the backyard, in the sandbox, are his little daughter, and her younger brother, (both of whom, incidentally, didn’t get naps today!)…And there’s a borrowed toy truck, a toddler’s shout, some angry and hurt feelings, and soon a tiny fistful of sand about to be hurled – when Daddy pulls into the driveway.  He gently puts down his attaché […]

The LORD is Coming…

Today you will see know the Lord is coming, and in the morning you will see his glory.(Invitatory Antiphon, December 24) Fresh bread is baking (boy, does it smell good!), as we recall the remembrance of the Bread of Life born and laid in a manger.  No doubt, many final preparations are being made, both at home and in our churches.  I know from my years as a pastor that the church environment and the wonderful liturgies would never be possible without the host of dedicated staff and parishioners who decorate, sing and provide all […]

O Emmanuel

O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God. Here is another antiphon which connects the law with freedom, in a way that recalls O Sacred Lord.  At first glance, it sounds “off” to the ear of the “modern person” that freedom comes from law, and yet, that is once again the truth proclaimed in today’s antiphon…king and lawgiver…come and set us free! This antiphon recalls the words of Jesus found in St. John’s Gospel 8:32: If you continue in my word, you […]

Seminarians

Diocesan Seminarians with Vocation Director, Fr. Bill Hill Today, I had the pleasure of entertaining the diocesan seminarians while they are on Christmas break.  Six of our ten seminarians were in town for lunch at the Bishop’s residence with our vocation director, Fr. Bill Hill. Front Row:  Hiep Nguyen, Duy Nguyen, and Linh Vu; Back Row: Brian Willoughby, Andrew Kinstetter and Louis Shea.  To the Left:  Diocesan Vocation Director, Rev. Bill Hill. Four of our seminarians are travelling over the Christmas break; Brandon Halvorsen, Brian Hess, Dan Poelma and Bob Rodgers. Of course, all of […]

4TH Sunday of Advent

The Annunciation:  The angel of the Lord declared unto…Joseph!   Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.  For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.  She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.  (Mt 1:20-21) Not only is it interesting that the angel of the Lord appears to Joseph, but the other message delivered by the angel is that the people already belong to the Lord!…for he […]

O Sacred Lord

O Sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain: come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free. With this antiphon, we get a reminder of the eternal nature of God…Sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who is still active today…come…to set us free.  This evokes the teaching of the great prophet Isaiah: Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth!  For I am God, and there is no other. (Is 45:22)  How is it that […]

O Wisdom…

Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care.  Come and show your people the way to salvation. Today, December 17 begins the final march of the Advent Season towards Christmas, and the use of the “O Antiphons” in the daily Gospel acclamation and Evening Prayer Gospel Antiphon for the Canticle of Mary.  Each of the “titles” in these antiphons are titles for Christ. In Christ, we see the heart of our human dignity, as it is through Christ, we find our blessing.  For it is in Christ, […]

St. Joseph Society

This past weekend, our diocese had a second collection to further fund the St. Joseph Society, which is the clergy retirement fund for the priests of the Diocese of Cheyenne. The fund was established in 1961 by Bishop Hubert Newell to provide financial assistance to the senior priests of the Diocese of Cheyenne who were retired, disabled, or in poor health.  The Society Fund continues to provide an important means of financial support for our senior priests today. At present, we have sixteen priests who are drawing support from the St. Joseph Society, and several […]

Advent; 3rd Sunday

Who does not at times feel weary and weak?  Who does at times not feel frightened?  Who does not at times experience the low ebb of life?  This 3rd Sunday of Advent is very aware of these basic, trying moments of the human heart and experience.  It is specifically to this human experience that our God speaks to us to have hope, patience, and faith! As another candle is lit on our wreath, there is one more beacon of hope bringing light to our darkness.  Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine […]

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