Month: March 2013

Christ Is Risen: Humanity Is Restored To God’s Image & Likeness

Easter Vigil 2013 Happy Easter!  This Holy Night never fails to capture the radiance and abundant life that are ours in God’s Providential love.  From Creation, through the Covenants; from the Wisdom of God and His profound patience and mercy, the People of God are ever confident in the faithful, accompanying presence of our God. Enlightened by His Word as well as the great lights of the heavens, we walk unencumbered by the darkness of our world.  This Light is known in its fullness and in person in the person of Jesus, resplendent in His […]

Holy Saturday: The Earth Is Silent

Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there. (John 19:41-42) From an ancient homily on Holy Saturday: Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen […]

A Good Friday Reflection; Psalm 91

Today, men and women of faith venerate the Cross of Christ.  We not only venerate His Cross, but we lean upon it, drawing from it the inexhaustible grace of mercy, strength, and salvation: Because you have the LORD for your refuge and have made the Most High your stronghold, No evil shall befall you, no affliction come near your tent.  For he commands his angels with regard to you, to guard you wherever you go.  With their hands they shall support you, lest you strike your foot against a stone.  You can tread upon the […]

Good Friday: Humility, Obedience, Suffering Lead to Fulness of Life

Good Friday, 2013  Christ came that we might have life, and have it more abundantly.  (John 10:10 ) Christ sheds His blood for us that we might be redeemed and made sharers once again in the Life He shares with the Father.  This life that Christ shares with us comes through His humility, His obedience, and His suffering.  If we are to share fully in the life He offers, we too must be humble before God, obedient to Christ and His Church, and willing to embrace the suffering that life entails. From the cross, Christ […]

Good Shepherd Tonight; Sacrificial Lamb Tomorrow: Homily for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper:

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper 2013 Homily Good Shepherd Tonight; Sacrificial Lamb Tomorrow   Tonight, we celebrate the beginnings of the Church as Jesus establishes the two great sacraments of Eucharist and Priesthood.  Tonight, we see Jesus as the Good Shepherd.  Tomorrow, we will gaze upon Him as the Sacrificial Lamb. (see Zechariah 10:10-11)  Tonight He gives us the Eucharist, tomorrow He will become the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world.  Tonight as He washes His disciples’ feet, Jesus models the great commandment to love one another.  Tomorrow […]

How To Live Holy Week: Pope Francis’ Instruction From Today’s Audience

For the past few years I’ve been telling our priests that we can no longer sit in our offices or stand in our sanctuaries expecting the People of God to come to us.  It is clear the Holy Spirit is calling us to reclaim the mission of the early Church.  We, as Jesus, are called to ‘step out of ourselves’ in order to reach out to others.  Pope Francis speaks very beautifully to this urgent need in today’s Church at today’s General Audience.  The English translation of the Pope’s talk follows: Brothers and sisters, good morning! […]

Chrism Mass Homily: Our Whole Life Ought To Be The Realization Of What Baptism Inaugurates!

Chrism Mass Homily: Our Whole Life Ought To Be The Realization Of What Baptism Inaugurates!     As one of the Consecration Prayers this evening reminds us, Christ entered our human experience as God in order to heal the world.  It is Christ the Physician we call upon tonight through the Holy Spirit to bless and consecrate the Holy Oils of the Church.  Through the Sacraments and the ‘sign’ of these Holy Oils, Christ continues His work of healing us that we may share fully in the Divine Life He offers and renews through His Church.In our Gospel […]

Respect For Life Affords No Room For Capital Punishment

A recent triple murder in Clark, Wyoming gives us pause to reflect upon the practice of capital punishment.  Many states in our country still provide capital punishment as a viable option in the justice system; Wyoming is one of those states.  Only 18 states have currently demonstrated the enlightened wisdom to abolish capital punishment, and I wish in this blog post to argue strongly that Wyoming and other states soon follow their lead. In the above mentioned case, two teenagers recently killed three members of a family during an attempt to steal a vehicle.  The communities of […]

Pastoral Visit to St. Mary Magdalen in Evanston and St. Helen in Ft. Bridger

 One of the duties of a bishop is to make formal visits to the parishes of the diocese.  I must say, this is one of the more enjoyable responsibilities.  These visits allow the bishop to meet with the priests and parish leaders to discuss their priorities and ministries.  It is also a time to review the sacramental records, finances and generally make sure the administration of the parish is running according to universal and diocesan norms.  These pastoral visits also give me an opportunity to celebrate the sacraments with the people, preach, and generally encourage them in […]

Faith: A Few Scriptures & Thoughts

Last night I gave the opening session for this year’s Lenten Mission at our Cathedral. I was asked to speak on Faith. Even though this post is simply notes and thoughts, you may find it helpful to reflect upon some of these scriptures. Other than the few quotes from Pope-Emeritus, Benedict XVI, the vast majority of this came from a book by Blessed Columba Marmion, OSB; Christ, The Life Of The Soul.  FAITH = I BELIEVE = CREED There is the content of Faith, and there is Faith, the ability to believe in Christ, His […]

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