Month: March 2015

Holy Week Begins

As this Holy Week begins, let us pray for the grace to keep our eyes fixed on Christ. Today, we proclaim him as King, while the events of this week will unfold to reveal what Kingship looks like through the eyes of God. Let us accompany him to the Upper Room where he washes the feet of his apostles, teaching them that true leadership is service. Let us follow him to Gethsemane where we will pray with him in his hour of handing everything over to the Father. Let us stay close as he is […]

Chrism Mass Homily

Though not verbatim, here is the essence of my homily from last night’s Chrism Mass.  Sorry, no pictures this year. CHRISM MASS HOMILY March 26, 2015; St. Patrick Catholic Church, Casper Wyoming The Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne, Bishop of Cheyenne The readings we have just heard announce the incredible closeness of God. They speak of the relationship that is ours with God. The setting for tonight’s Gospel is Jesus’ home town of Nazareth. Here, Jesus is in familiar territory, surrounded by family and friends. Jesus has just been anointed by the Holy Spirit in […]

Different Hats & Many Footsteps

After another cold snap, it is nice to have a clear blue sky day with the sound of runoff from melting snow.  Though Wyoming is just entering our two biggest months for snowfall, there is a renewed spring in my step with a forecast of warming temperatures. This week has been filled with many hats, travel and meetings.  Monday was spent in the office tending to the business of the diocese.  A typical day includes catching up on phone calls and correspondence and touching base with the members of my team. With the transition of […]

The Power of God’s WORD: The Call to Conversion

During this season of Lent, I call your attention to the power of God’s WORD. To progress in our efforts to turn our hearts more completely to the LORD, I draw your attention to the three primary priorities of the Diocese of Cheyenne: proclaim, celebrate, invite. This article will focus solely upon the first priority to proclaim Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ established the Church, and the Church is the Body of Christ. Jesus Christ is our foundation, and, as members of His body, we are to be vigilant in “keeping our eyes fixed on Christ” […]

What To Do When God’s Will Seems ‘Unreasonable?’

On this Second Sunday of Lent, our first reading continues from the Book of Genesis.  God tells Abraham “Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah.  There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height I will point out to you.”  (Genesis 22: 2)  This seems such an unreasonable request.  Some would define the request in harsher terms. But we must recall that God knows us better than we know ourselves. The first thing I think of is how clearly Abraham is in communication with […]

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