Month: July 2012

St. Ignatius of Loyola; Fire of Love

As the Universal Church recalls a great saint today, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, it is a good opportunity to reflect upon the desire of our own hearts. One of the realities the saints can teach us is the necessity of spending time in prayer.  This time in prayer is critical if we are to identify the deep desire of our hearts for God. The other reality of the spiritual life the saints teach is that once we are in touch with this desire in our hearts for God, we must exercise that desire, express it.  […]

St. Anthony, Guernsey & Our Lady of Lourdes, Glendo

  This month of July nears a close, but has provided numerous opportunities for visiting the people of our Missions. This weekend, I was able to celebrate Saturday evening Mass at St. Anthony in Guernsey and Sunday morning Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes in Glendo.  Guernsey is about an hour and a half drive north of Cheyenne and rests along the banks of the North Platte River.  St. Anthony is served from St. Rose, in Torrington.  Fr. Drew Duncan arrived on the scene last year, and Fr. Ray Moss became the pastor this year.  […]

Our Lady of the Pines & St. Edmund

 Today, I visited two more missions. Two years ago, I stayed at the ‘cabin’ in Story while I took some time off after Easter, but I did not have the chance to celebrate Mass with the community. Story is a short drive from Sheridan. I’m not sure if you would call it the foothills of the Big Horns, or actually in the Big Horns. (I’m sure someone will answer that question now!) After dinner with the two priests from Holy Name in Sheridan, who serve these two mission communities, along with our latest seminarian and […]

Basic Practices For Growing In Holiness

During Tuesday’s Vespers Service for the new Archbishop of Denver, a Scripture passage was proclaimed that seemed to speak very clearly to the recent workings of my own interior life.  Here is the text: Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor.  Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.  (Romans 12:9-11) What is most striking in this passage is its direct and clear language.  “hate evil…hold on to what is good.”  […]

Be Open To The Good God Desires; Renewing Our Desire For God

One of the practices I began when named a bishop is to take the month of July not so much as a vacation month, but to take more time for prayer and study, and less time in the office. I am still available to my staff, and willing to schedule appointments as needed, but my focus is more on my interior life, and less on the external demands of the office. As you may expect, it has been a blessing to spend more time in silence before the Blessed Sacrament.  Much as married couples, celibates must […]

The Mission Continues

I was greeted at the end of the weekend travels yesterday evening with a double rainbow, reminding me of the two Missions I visited; St. Patrick in Moorcroft and Blessed Sacrament in Wright.  Both of these communities are served from St. Matthew in Gillette. After the 4:30 Mass in Wright, I stayed to have dinner with a small group.  It had been a long day with quite a bit of travel, so the raibows’ greeting an hour or so north of Cheyenne was a great encouragement.  The people are always so generous and glad to […]

You Are Worth More Than Many Sparrows

 Today the Church celebrates the memorial of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American to be declared Blessed.  In the reading selection for today, Jesus reminds His Apostles not to fear those who can kill the body, but rather, to fear the One who can destroy both body and soul.  And so that we His Apostles would not be intimidated by such instruction, He then speaks immediately to the great love God holds for each of us.  Are not two sparrow sold for a small coin?  Yet not one of them falls to the ground […]

Women & Men Religious: A True Gift

As the Church today celebrates the feast of St. Benedict, the Father of Western Monasticism, it is a good time to give thanks for the many women and men religious who so self-lessly, and often, in a ‘hidden’ fashion, make such a rich contribution to the life of the Church.  I personally benefited from a grade school education where many of the teachers were Benedictine nuns.  As many of this readership knows, my aunt, Jeanne Voges, OSB and a sister, Nicolette Etienne, OSB, are both members of this  community from Beech Grove, Indiana. Also just ‘down the road’ […]

Cody 4th of July

After the cattle drive concluded Monday, most of us returned to the monastery in Clark. A very hungry group ate a late supper and retired for the night. Tuesday morning, I celebrated Mass with the monks and then conducted some business. After enjoying lunch and a tour of their relatively new coffee shop, I rested a bit before making my way back to Cody for dinner with the priests at St. Anthony. One of the benefits of July is trying to take a slower pace.  I truly enjoyed the camaraderie of time with the monks, […]

Wyoming Way of Life

Not far from Meeteese is Carter Mountain, where our Carmelite Monks recently purchased a beautiful piece of property for their new monastery. So, after visiting with the parishioners of St. Theresa, I made my way up the mountain to join the monks. In anticipation of breaking ground for their new monastery, the monks are busy doing much of the prep work themselves.  They are presently digging a trench for laying a new gas line to the building site and are opening a new gravel pit to be able to provide rock for their long roads.  Their […]

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