Month: December 2011

Christmas Greetings

Vatican Nativity Scene Well, friends, the eve of this Holy Night is upon us.  Please know of my deepest prayers for all of you as we celebrate the birth of the Savior. I pray this Christmas grants grace to all to better comprehend the mysterious ways of God.  May the Invisible God who made himself visible in the Infant Jesus, open our eyes of faith to better see how He dwells with us still.  May the Lord who had no home other than the Love of family and friends in this life teach us how […]

New Program For Young Adults: Thursday Night LIFE

For some time now, I’ve been wanting to find a way to gather with our young adults.  I’ve been looking for a forum to show my own interest and concern for our young church, as well as to express in a concrete way my love for all our young adults.  After some discussions with our associate in the Pastoral Ministry Office, Amy Larson, and the help of a couple of our young priests, we think we have come up with something that will be attractive.  So, when you hear about Thursday Night LIFE, you will […]

Accepting God & Living His Plan

The last line of today’s Gospel from St. Luke (7:24-30) speaks to the ever-present challenge of salvation history.  Jesus points out how the “tax collectors” and those who received the baptism of John the Baptist were “open” to the “righteousness of God”.  The Pharisees and scholars on the other hand rejected God’s plan. Advent is a time for each of us to review our life in the Light of Christ and His Gospel.  How well are we living by the values of God’s Kingdom?  How well do we proclaim this Kingdom of God by the […]

Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly, OP, Rest In Peace

It is with sadness that I learned this morning of the death of the Archbishop emeritus of Louisville, Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly, O.P. Archbishop Kelly was a great and humble servant of the Church, and he loved the people of the Archdiocese of Louisville.  I came to know him while I was as a young layman working for the US Bishops’ Conference.  Archbishop Kelly was the Chairman for the Ad Hoc Committee for the 1987 Papal Visit to the United States of Pope John Paul II.  I was hired at that time as the assistant […]

Wyoming Catholic College Promo Video

In the Fall of 2007, a pioneer class of young students began a journey to begin and establish the Wyoming Catholic College.  This young group of individuals were to be the first graduating class in May of this year, 2011.  At present, the college is at full capacity. The Wyoming Catholic College is a four year, liberal arts, and as the name suggests, Catholic college.  The College offers a solid Catholic spirituality and approach to education.  The curriculum is based on the Great Books of Western culture and also offers a unique leadership program which makes use […]

2nd Anniversary & Prayers of Consecration

On this second anniversary of episcopal ordination, I give thanks to God for the People of God of this local Church of the Diocese of Cheyenne.  Today seems an appropriate time to remind our people of the two prayers of consecration to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts.  I closed my recent pastoral letter with these prayers, and encouraged their use among our families and parishes.  Please, on this anniversary, I ask the readership of the blog to pray for our local Church. God bless all of you; God bless our Universal Church. +pde    Prayer […]

The Source of Political Authority & Religious Liberty for All

 As the Presidential election season heats up and as we tackle such urgent needs in our country as unemployment, debt, and a stagnant economy, it seems advisable to ask ourselves some fundamental questions, such as: “Where does the authority of the office of the President have its origins?”  If democracy is the answer to that query, then it begs the next question, which is: “What is the origin of a democratic society?” These and similar questions were certainly on the minds of our Founding Fathers.  Clearly, democracy has its origins in the people.  Our Constitution […]

Thoughts of Mary; Feast of Immaculate Conception

The readings and prayers of this Solemnity of Our Lady give us much Good News upon which we are called to reflect.  First a “refresher” on what theological instruction underpins today’s feast.  The Immaculate Conception recalls how God in His goodness applied the grace of His Son’s redeeming work to Mary at the moment of her conception.  Obviously, this demonstrates that God is not restricted to time, as we are.  The redeeming work of the Savior, had to take place after the birth of His mother, Mary. The Prayer Over the Gifts in today’s Mass clearly […]

Christ & Eucharist Make Us Church

In light of our recent strategic planning as a diocese, I have thought a lot about who we are as Church, and the nature of Church. The goal of our strategic plan is to strengthen this local Church of the diocese of Cheyenne. My reflection naturally begins with thoughts of the Incarnation, when God sent His only Son into the world. Jesus is the perfect “wedding” of our human nature with the divine. Think of it: God, infinite, pure and perfect life, love, “being”, taking on our finite human nature, and joining “us” to Himself. […]

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