Month: March 2016

The Road To Emmaus; Flash Back With Pope Francis

With the Gospel from St. Luke fresh in our memory, when the Risen Lord appeared to the two disciples on the Road to Emmaus, here is a flash back to July 2013 from Pope Francis.  Can the Church today still warm the hearts of our people? The icon of Emmaus as a key for interpreting the present and the future Before all else, we must not yield to the fear once expressed by Blessed John Henry Newman: “… the Christian world is gradually becoming barren and effete, as land which has been worked out and […]

Women The First Witnesses To The Resurrection: Mary Magdalen A Model of Discipleship

In these first days of Easter, the Gospel stories remind us of the women who kept vigil at the tomb.  These women were the first to discover the tomb empty, and the first ones to whom the Risen Jesus appeared.  Before the Church moves on in this Easter season to other witnesses to the resurrection, please allow me to share a reflection of St. Catherine of Siena on Mary Magdalen: The dear Magdalen … thought no more of herself but with true heart clothed herself in Christ crucified.  She no longer turned to prestige or […]

Woman, Why Are You Weeping?

Twice in today’s Gospel, (John 20:11-18) Mary Magdalen is asked why she is weeping. She has kept vigil at the tomb, grieving the tragic crucifixion and death of Jesus.  The man who loved her with great mercy and forgiveness has been taken from her.  Now, on top of this grief, the empty tomb represents not resurrection, but an assumption that someone has removed his body and taken it to another location, which simply adds salt to the wound of her grief. Mary’s grief is an obstacle to belief in the resurrection.  Even when the Risen Lord appears to her, […]

Enter the Tomb of Self-Knowledge: An Easter Meditation From St. Catherine of Siena

Before you read this post, do yourself a favor and first read the resurrection account from St. Mark’s Gospel. (16: 1-8) Nothing like our Jesuit, Pope Francis to teach us the power and importance of the imagination when it comes to engaging the Gospels and living our faith.  You can read his beautiful Easter Homily here. Another person from our tradition who had a powerful imagination and a beautiful way of using it to teach the faith was St. Catherine of Siena.  I wish to share with you this reflection she offered in one of […]

Only An Infinite Mercy Can Bring Us Salvation; An Easter Message From Pope Francis

“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures for ever” (Ps 135:1) Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter! Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God’s mercy, out of love for us, died on the cross, and out of love he rose again from the dead. That is why we proclaim today: Jesus is Lord! His resurrection fulfils the prophecy of the Psalm: God’s mercy endures for ever; it never dies. We can trust him completely, and we thank him because for our sake he descended into the depths of the […]

The Risen Christ Brings Us Newness of Life!

For photos from the Vigil, you may look here.  I’m particularly grateful to Matt Potter, who got some spectacular shots of a beautiful ceremony. Happy Easter! Jesus Christ is Risen from the dead.  If you paid close attention yesterday, you heard that after he was laid in the tomb, and the stone was rolled in front of the tomb, some women remained to keep watch.  This Easter morning, those women are back, with spices and oils, and they found the tomb empty!  Imagine their shock and their curiosity. They quickly returned to Peter and the […]

The Blood of Jesus Reveals the Secret of God’s Heart; God Loves Us Beyond Measure.

Pictures from today’s service may be seen here. GOOD FRIDAY HOMILY ST. MARY CATHEDRAL, CHEYENNE BISHOP PAUL D. ETIENNE, DD, STL Our Triduum continues today. Jesus spent the early part of the night in prayer with his disciples. During the night, Judas brought those who will arrest Jesus to a place Jesus treasured; a place where Jesus developed his relationship with his disciples, where they prayed together, and rested from their journeys; the garden of Gethsemane. In this garden where the disciples came to know Jesus as the Son of God, the moment has arrived […]

“It was morning.”

At the conclusion of last night’s Liturgy, which is simply a pause in the one Liturgy of these days of the Easter Triduum, we accompanied Jesus and his disciples “across the Kidron valley to where there was a garden, into which he and his disciples entered.” (John 18: 1) Jesus had a very long night.  He prayed to his Father that he could remain faithful in enduring his Passion.  He prayed to the Father that he could freely and lovingly lay down his life for our salvation.  He prayed for his disciples (and us) that […]

The Easter Triduum Has Begun

To view pictures from this evening, click here. MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER, 2016 CATHEDRAL OF ST. MARY; CHEYENNE MOST REVEREND PAUL D. ETIENNE, DD, STL With this Mass, we begin our celebration of the Easter Triduum, which recalls the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. At the heart of the Triduum is the cross, with its culmination being the resurrection on Easter Sunday, celebrated in all of its brilliance on Holy Saturday night. In essence, the celebrations over the next three days are all parts of one long Liturgy, just as […]

Hello Spring!

It is looking more like Christmas than the beginning of the Triduum at the Cheyenne Cathedral today! Despite the weather outside, I am grateful to have the business demands of these days finally behind me.  It is a welcome moment to begin to prayerfully enter into the spirit of these holy days. I hope and pray your Lenten observance has helped you grow in virtue and holiness.  Ultimately, these steps forward in the spiritual journey are a part of the ultimate goal of drawing nearer to Christ. I continue to pray for all of you, […]

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