Month: December 2015

Let’s Hear It For The Family!

Today, the First Sunday of the Christmas Season, the Church celebrates the Holy Family.  The many depictions of the birth of Christ, surrounded by Mary and Joseph, and all the other members of the Christmas story tell us that all families find their true center and identity in Christ. Hopefully, you are enjoying some time with family during this Christmas season.  I am blessed with the family that is entrusted to me as a bishop, the People of God of the Diocese of Cheyenne.  I always enjoy the Midnight Mass celebration in the Cathedral.  It […]

Glory & Salvation Radiate From Christ’s Holy Face

Merry Christmas! As a people of faith, as God’s family, we come together this holy night to celebrate once again God’s love and mercy, the gift of our salvation in the birth of his Son, Jesus. Christmas is the ultimate celebration of our belief in God and the reality that our God is not distant! Jesus is the flesh of God, born upon the earth. Jesus is the mercy of God expressed in every human person’s hour of need. Jesus is the humility of God, who created the heavens and the earth and all within […]

Homily Of Pope Francis: Solemnity Of The Nativity Of Our Lord

Tonight “a great light” shines forth (Is 9:1); the light of Jesus’ birth shines all about us. How true and timely are the words of the prophet Isaiah which we have just heard: “You have brought abundant joy and great rejoicing” (9:2)!  Our heart was already joyful in awaiting this moment; now that joy abounds and overflows, for the promise has been at last fulfilled.  Joy and gladness are a sure sign that the message contained in the mystery of this night is truly from God. There is no room for doubt; let us leave […]

Blessed Be The Lord …

Today, there is a Mass celebrated in the morning, which as a priest has always been a favorite of mine. Today, the Christmas story of St. Luke, which we have been reading for the past week, arrives at the proclamation of Zechariah, father of St. John the Baptist. Here is a picture of the sanctuary of the church built over the site of the birth of St. John the Baptist in Ein Karem, and is dedicated to the great precursor to Jesus Christ.  The statues on the right and left are of the Baptist’s parents, […]

Generations & Generations; Give Thanks For Family

Today, the Church begins the Christmas story in the Gospel of Matthew. Incidentally, today is also the birthday of Pope Francis.  Happy Birthday, Holy Father!  The use of the O Antiphons begin with evening prayer this evening, as our Novena for Christmas begins. Each day from now to Christmas, with each Gospel reading, we will draw nearer to the account of the birth of Jesus. Matthew begins his Gospel with a genealogy of Jesus, beginning with the Patriarch, Abraham.  Matthew calls Jesus the “son of David, the son of Abraham.” (1:1) because Jesus is the […]

Rock Springs’ Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

For the past six years, the Hispanic community of Holy Spirit Catholic Community in Rock Springs has hosted a celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  In order to accommodate as many people as possible, they gather on the Sunday nearest the feast.  This gives them one day to decorate the event center, and a day for the celebration. Even though the Mass is for the Sunday of Advent, the festivities clearly center around Our Lady.  This was the first year I was able to join the community.  It is an impressive display of […]

Open Wide Your Hearts To Christ!

  Yesterday evening, we had a meaningful celebration at St. Mary’s Cathedral officially opening the Holy Door to the Year of Mercy.  I pray this Year of Mercy will be a source of grace moving many people to a closer relationship with Christ, and more meaningful relationships with all. I’m grateful to Mr. Tom Jacobson for providing a few photos from the event.  I hope this Holy Year provides as  much inspiration to others as it already has for me. I’m departing this morning for Rock Springs to join the local community for their annual Our Lady […]

Dance or Dirge or Indifference?

In today’s Gospel, Jesus challenges our indifference to both the joy he offers as well as the penitential preaching of John the Baptist. To what shall I compare this generation?  It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.’ John the Baptist came to prepare the world for the arrival of the Savior.  He preached the need for conversion and offered a Baptism of repentance.  Do we allow the preaching of the […]

Many Of My Many Blessings

As this anniversary day sees the sun head for the horizon and the shadows fall long around the Cathedral and Chancery, I wish to express the incredible privilege that is mine to work with such a wonderful group of people.  Throughout the day I have called to mind the many people and blessings God has graced me with throughout my life.  One group that must get some public recognition in my staff. These are some of the most dedicated servants of the Church I know, and I get to share ministry with them.  They work […]

Six Years Ago … Only Nineteen More To Go!

Six years ago, our Good Lord saw fit to install me as the 8th Bishop of Cheyenne.  Six years ago today, the good people of the Diocese of Cheyenne saw fit to accept me!  Thank you! Nothing like an anniversary to boil things back down to the basics.  Life and ministry can get very complicated at times, and those are good moments to be reminded of what is most important.  Here is the basic invitation and commission once again: “Come, follow me.” “Go, and preach the Gospel.” “Thank you.” “I love you.” +pde

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