“Give them some food yourselves.” With these words in Sunday’s Gospel (Mt 14:13-21), Jesus is not only challenging His disciples, but is once again being the Teacher. He wants them to understand their own poverty, apart from Him. At the same time, He wants to teach them the ever abiding richness that flows from Him. Blessed Pope John Paul II in His Post Synodal Exhortation, Pastores Gregis, following the 2001 Synod on the Life of Bishops, in the conclusion, used this passage to give a concise teaching on the abundance of grace and goodness that is […]
Day 2 of our very quick tour through Wyoming began with a beautiful sunrise and view of the Tetons. The day continued to be great for touring and viewing wildlife. After a good drive through Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, we ended the day in Cody. We took some time then to do some target practice, and ended with a nice meal with a few priest and two seminarians from the diocese. Enjoy the pics!
Hi, friends. Sorry for the quiet nature of this blog in recent months. Things got very “focused” in June, and I’ve been cooling my jets in July. I just got home from an eight day retreat, which was very restful and grace-filled. I’m on the road for the next five days enjoying more of this beautiful state of Wyoming with a seminary classmate from Brooklyn, Fr. Joe Fonti. We will pretty much make a large loop of the state and end up in Rapid City Wednesday evening for the ordination / installation of their new […]
Sunday, we celebrated the annual Mass commemorating the First Mass in the Rockies by Jesuit Fr. DeSmett. Fr. DeSmett was a Belgian born priest, who came to the United States and joined the Jesuit order. He made many trips to the West, and was actively engaged in building relationships with the western tribes of Indians, was was also instrumental in negotiating several treaties with the native tribes. He must have been quite rugged and healthy to not only make the many trip to and through the west and mountains, but the many transatlantic trips as […]
Saturday, I was invited to take a horseback ride to Fayette Lake, north east of Pinedale. What a beautiful day! The town of Pinedale celebrated their annual rendezvous days this weekend, so I was on hand for this year’s Fr. DeSmett Mass, which commemorates the first Mass in the Rockies, 1840. Fr. Lucas Simango, the pastor of Our Lady of Peace in Pinedale is always a gracious host, and generally has something fun planned, time permitting. I enjoyed on this trip to Pinedale the company of our development director, Mr. Matt Potter and his wife, […]
On this Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, the readings are full of images and messages of humility. We begin first with the Prophet, Zechariah. He foresees and foretells the coming of a savior…meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass. This prophecy of course speaks of Christ. Christ is the embodiemnt of meekness and humility. He gave up His place with the Father in heaven to take on our humanity…a great act of humility in and of itself! He came in human flesh to reveal the divinity of God. […]
Today the Church celebrates another feast of our Blessed Mother under the title of the Immaculate Heart. This morning as I was walking and praying the rosary, I had a few thoughts about how much we continue to need Mary. In the first Joyful Mystery, the Annunciation, we see how God longs to be in communication with humanity. He chose Mary as a woman of faith, “full of grace”. Through her, in the person of Jesus, our God took on human flesh and a human face, to communicate with us in a human fashion. No doubt, […]
Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus; July 1, 2011: Homily For several months, I have looked forward to this celebration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I’m not sure how to put the desire of my heart into words, and part of that I hope is because I believe the desire is that of the heart of Jesus. I had hoped on this day that we would be ready to promulgate our diocesan pastoral strategic plan. However, there is still a bit more work that needs to be done in this regard, […]