Month: November 2011

Clilmbing the Mountain of the LORD

Twice today, in Morning Prayer and in Mass, the scriptures exhort us to “climb the mountain of the LORD.”  Let us go up to the house of God. This is a classic image of the life-long spiritual journey of the soul to God.  Several saints, such as St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, reflected upon this and used it as a means of spiritual direction and instruction.  Having spent some time in recent days climbing around the western foothills of Carter Mountain up the South Fork, it gave me a whole new appreciation […]

Advent: Call To New-Evangelization

 First Sunday of Advent, Year B Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne  As we enter a new Liturgical Year and another Advent Season, we are reminded of the urgency to be watchful and waiting for the Lord.  The Redemptorist priest, Fr. Maurice Nutt, CSSR in his book Advent and Christmas, Wisdom from St. Alphonsus Liguori, tells us that The four weeks of Advent are often thought of as symbolizing the four different ways Christ comes into the world: (1) upon his birth as a helpless infant; (2) upon his arrival in the hearts of believers; (3) […]

Thanksgiving

I found this “proclamation” of our founding President to be a good reflection for our nation and leaders today.  Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! +pde General Thanksgiving By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America A PROCLAMATION   WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States […]

On Human Dignity and Courage

Our Mass readings this week from the Second Book of Maccabees grant more scriptural basis of the true nature of the human person rooted in their relationship with God.  As Eleazar faces the threat of death should he not abandon the faith for the pagan practices of a new regime, he reflects upon this “life giving” Origin of his own life: he declared that above all he would be loyal to the holy laws given by God. Even if, for the time being, I avoid the punishment of men, I shall never, whether alive or […]

Wise & Foolish Living

Today, the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (A), we near the end of another calendar and liturgical year. As is always the case, the readings begin to take on a more apocalyptic tone, meaning, they begin to direct our thoughts to the end of time and what lies beyond. In the Gospel selection for today from Matthew, we hear an interesting story from Jesus as he is approaching the end of His public ministry.  This of course also means He is approaching the end of His time on earth, His passion, death, and resurrection.  This […]

Acolytes and RAD

This morning I left early for Casper. Today, our Permanent Deacon candidates took their final, formal step towards being ordained as Deacons; they received today the ministry of acolyte.  The ministries of reader (lector) and acolyte were the two ministries preserved after the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.  Prior to receiving Holy Orders, there were several minor orders received.  Today, lector and acolyte remain, but are no longer reserved to candidates preparing for Holy Orders, but can also be assigned to the lay faithful. Our seventeen deacon candidates are together this weekendn for their […]

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