Month: July 2016

Cool Crisp Mountain Air

While much of the country remains under a heat dome, I escaped the city of Cheyenne yesterday to travel to Snowy Range, west of Laramie, for a hike near the summit.  We started hiking around 9:30am, and the temperature had not yet reached 70 degrees.  As you can see from the pictures, there is still a fair amount of snow on the ground. St. Thomas Aquinas and others have referred to nature as God’s First Book.  Though only the human person is created in the imago Dei, (the image of God) the rest of creation bears a […]

Lessons From The Gospel Answer Needs Of Today’s World

This Sunday the Church listens to Christ in the Gospel of Luke.  (10: 38-42)  In yet another familiar Gospel story, Jesus enters the home of his friends, Martha and Mary.  Martha is busy with the many ancient demands of hospitality, while Mary sits at the feet of Jesus. Even though Martha’s heart is in the right place, serving her visitor, she fails to recognize a higher calling of hospitality of simply ‘being present’ to Jesus.  It is this behavior Jesus exhorts by praising Mary, who ‘chose the better part.’ This Gospel account along with the first […]

All Are Called To Be Good Samaritans

Today’s Gospel from St. Luke (10: 25-37) is one of Jesus’ great instructions regarding practical and concrete love. With the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus develops the Greatest Commandment, to love God with your whole heart and your neighbor as yourself. Authentic love draws one out of self into relationship; with God and with others. It is not possible to truly love God without a concrete exercise of charity in our relationships. St. James says as much: “Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my […]

His Heart Was Moved With Pity

s I begin a time of vacation, I sit this evening with a bible, reviewing some of the recent Gospel readings from St. Matthew.  I stopped to reflect upon the words regarding Jesus: Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness.  At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9: 35-36) It is good to think of Jesus.  It is beneficial […]

Jesus The Great Integrator

Last week I spent three days in St. Paul on the campus of the University of St. Thomas, at the Center for Catholic Studies, with a very talented group of people exploring the serious possibility of beginning an Institute on Integral Ecology. The genius behind this idea is Dr. Christopher Thompson. (pictured next to me, front row, in the photo) Last June, Pope Francis published a beautiful encyclical On Care For Our Common Home, in which he makes a clear case for an integral ecology and the need for greater care of God’s creation. Recent research […]

My Statement Following Shooting At St. James Catholic Church in Douglas

On Thursday this week, following a funeral Mass, U. S. Marshalls shot and killed a man in the parking lot of St. James Catholic Church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Local news coverage may be found here. This is the statement I issued yesterday in light of this tragic event: At this time, it is our understanding that law enforcement officers were present on Church property following a funeral at St. James and that their intention was to apprehend a family member of the deceased, due to outstanding warrants. Immediately following the funeral Mass, the individual being sought appeared outside […]

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