Month: March 2014

Does God Really Care About People? Of Course…

In some ways, today’s readings give a strong response to one of the great questions of life: How can a God Who is love allow so many bad things to happen in life?  Listen to God’s desire for us: “I [God] am about to create new heavens and a new earth; … there shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create; For I create Jerusalem to be a joy and its people to be a delight; I will rejoice in Jerusalem and exult in my people.  No longer shall the sound of weeping […]

O God, Be Merciful …

Today’s Gospel continues one of the primary themes of the Bible, the surprising and unrelenting mercy of God.  Perhaps the Gospel of Luke best portrays this loving trait of mercy, most especially in Chapter 15 where Jesus speaks of the lost coin, the lost sheep, and the prodigal son, each of which are occasions to remind us of the joy God experiences in extending us mercy. Pope Francis in a September 2013 Angelus address had this to say about the 15th chapter of St. Luke’s Gospel: Here is the entire Gospel! Here! The whole Gospel, all […]

Encounter of a Lifetime: Jesus Calls; Jesus Sends

The first stage of the New Evangelization is for each person to have that ‘life-giving’ encounter with the person of Jesus Christ.  Many of us have met Jesus, and many others long to know Him.  Lent is a perfect time to renew our relationship with Jesus, and to gain greater clarity of the details of our own encounter with Him as well as a clearer understanding of how He is sending me to work in His name. Because God is God, and can (and does) act in any manner He so chooses, this encounter with […]

Lent: Renew The Trajectory Of Life

With the Parish Mission at Holy Family parish in St. Petersburg now complete, I would like to share some of the insights I gained. First, I’m reminded once again of Jesus’ teaching that every time we take the opportunity to give of ourselves, whether in ministry or in relationships, we always receive in return more than we give. This is primarily the truth of Psalm 126 when it teaches: “They go out, they go out, full of tears, carrying seed for the sowing: they come back, they come back, full of song, carrying their sheaves.” These past […]

Lenten Journey(s)

I am presently on the road for one final tour before returning to the Diocese of Cheyenne for the remainder of Lent. Last Thursday, I flew to Kansas City, Missouri, where one of our seminarians picked me up and drove me to Conception Seminary, about an hour and a half drive north.  Conception operates a college and pre-theology (philosophy) program. Conception is also a Benedictine Abbey. The monks have operated a seminary here for many decades. I was invited to be the principal celebrant and homilist on Friday for the Benedictine Solemnity of the ‘Transitus of […]

The Glory of the LORD

This Second Sunday of Lent we listen once again to the Gospel account of Jesus’ transfiguration.  As the Gospel acclamation was sung, and the deacon lifted the Book of the Gospels, I thought to myself: “We are fulfilling the command of God from the Gospel today.  This Gospel is Jesus, and we are listening to Him.” As the Gospel was proclaimed, I thought once again: “The Lord led Moses by a cloud by day and a column of fire by night.  God spoke to Moses from a burning bush, again when He gave Him the Ten […]

God Is The True Center Of Life

On this first Sunday of Lent, we once again hear the Gospel story of Jesus being led by the Spirit into the desert where he is tested by Satan for 40 days.  The struggle of Jesus at the beginning of his public ministry is the fundamental conflict of the human person, as masterfully told in the Book of Genesis, our first reading for this Sunday. The failure of Adam and Eve, which is the problem for all of humanity, is corrected by Jesus.  These Scriptures give us clear guidance about this challenge of sin, and […]

Have You Begun Your Lenten Journey?

Now that the Lenten Season is begun, are you out of the starting gate? Yesterday believers gathered around the globe for Ash Wednesday services.  Ash Wednesday is one of those poignant moments when we allow God to ‘take off the gloves’ and remind us, indeed reveal to us, our sins. It is helpful at the beginning of this penitential season to humbly, soberly allow ourselves to be consciously clear about our sin.  As the First Letter of St. John instructs us: “If we say “We are without sin,” we decieve ourselves, and the truth is […]

Lent 2014 Message From Pope Francis

LENTEN MESSAGE OF OUR HOLY FATHER  FRANCIS 2014 He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become  rich (cf. 2 Cor 8:9) Dear Brothers and Sisters, As Lent draws near, I would like to offer some helpful thoughts on our path  of conversion as individuals and as a community. These insights are inspired by  the words of Saint Paul: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that  though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you  might become rich” (2 Cor 8:9). […]

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions For March

Please pray for the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for the month of March which are: ◦Respect for Women. That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women. ◦Vocations. That many young people may accept the Lord’s invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.  When I read these intentions of our Holy Father, I noted how they reflect, in a manner, two of the Diocese of Cheyenne’s priorities from our pastoral plan, namely family and vocations.  Here are just a few of the Goals and Objectives from our plan.  Please keep these […]

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