Month: October 2014

We Are God’s Servants; Sent As Witnesses Into The World

As the Church today recalls the two Apostles, Simon and Jude, we take heart that the apostles were sent to introduce the world to Jesus Christ. As the first apostles were chosen by Christ, so each of us is chosen by Him. As the first apostles were given the power of the Holy Spirit, so are we through Baptism and Confirmation.  As they were sent to proclaim the Good News, so are we. We look at what God’s grace has accomplished since the time of the first Apostles.  Just about every corner of the world […]

Unity In The Work of Service

Today’s Mass has for its first reading a passage from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.  One of the verses was chosen as the theme for the 1987 Papal Visit of now St. Pope John Paul II to the United States.  The overarching theme for the Trip was: Unity In The Work Of Service, and this is the quote from Ephesians: And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ, […]

Division & Fire

In the Gospel today (Luke 12:49-53) Jesus tells of his desire to set the earth ablaze with a fire.  He says something else that seems contradictory to His person and message: “I have come for division.” In reality, Jesus does not come to bring division, but His presence and message result in division until people humbly submit to His Gospel of Truth.  The Fire that Jesus casts upon the earth is the Fire of Divine Love.  This Divine Love; the Love that exists within (and is) the communion of Divine Persons, the Father, the Son, […]

Mass of Thanksgiving and Farewell to the Benedictine Sisters of San Benito Monastery

Today, we celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving and Farewell to celebrate the 31 years the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have ministered in the Diocese of Cheyenne. It was an emotional Mass, and a joyful celebration and reception that followed.  Here is my homily for the occasion: Mass of Thanksgiving & Farewell: Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration at San Benito Monastery We welcome all of you to this celebration this morning, especially, we welcome Sr. Gladys, Sr. Regina, Sr. Josetta and Sr. Hope. We are also pleased to have so many other members of the […]

Statement On Marriage in Wyoming

In light of Friday’s (Oct. 17, 2014) order by U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl that Wyoming’s state law banning same-sex unions is unconstitutional, I wish to offer a few thoughts.  (According to an AP story, the ruling is on hold until defendants have the chance to appeal.) The Catholic Church teaches the dignity and sanctity of every human person. This belief is rooted in our understanding that every human person is created in the image and likeness of God. Every person is deserving of this respect, even those with same-sex attraction. The Catholic Church also teaches […]

Message From Extra-Ordinary Synod On Family

Here is a concluding text from the Extra-ordinary Synod of the Family: Synod14 – Message of the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops , 18.10.2014   III EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS   MESSAGE             We, Synod Fathers, gathered in Rome together with Pope Francis in the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, greet all families of the different continents and in particular all who follow Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We admire and are grateful for the daily witness which you offer us […]

Joe Gronotte: Rest In Peace

During last night’s Confirmation Mass at the Cathedral, I shared with those to be confirmed news I received early Sunday morning.  I learned of the death of a friend and former parishioner from my nine years as pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in New Albany, Indiana.  I shared this news with the young Confirmation class because I wanted to hold up Joe as an example for them. Joe was one of my “go to guys” during my years as pastor at OLPH.  Every pastor knows who those dependable people are in the parish when […]

28Th Sunday; This Life Is A Journey To Eternal Life

This time of year, our Liturgical calendar begins to draw to a close while naturally calling each of us to be attentive to our ultimate end. Most people’s lives today are very busy, filled with many worthy while efforts, none being more important than those immediately associated with our particular vocations. However, the Good Lord is asking us to give attention to the ultimate goal of all our worldly labors. If we are not properly informed of our final goal, then our day-to-day priorities we will not successfully aid us in reaching the heavenly Banquet […]

Simple Meals Reveal Providence of God; Harmony of Humanity and Creation

Here is an article I wrote this summer for our Catholic Rural Life Magazine. The Beauty of Being; The Wonder of Creation The next time you sit down for a meal, take just a moment to be still; pray and give thanks to the God of all creation. Then, ask for the grace to simply be present to the moment, asking the Lord to help you come to a deeper consciousness of what is before you, even of the incredible gift of your person. It is also a good idea to recall the many people […]

Mission Tour Complete; St. Joseph in Shoshoni

With a noon celebration at St. Joseph in Shoshoni today, the tour of parishes and missions in the Diocese of Cheyenne is complete – only to begin again! I give thanks to God this day for calling me to the priesthood, and five years ago, to the episcopacy.  My time in Wyoming has introduced me to many new people, and a deep faith.  My time as a bishop has served to temper my own faith, and taught me how to rely much more upon the faithfulness and power of God, and much less upon my […]

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