Month: September 2016

Catholics Don’t Know What They Are Missing

I am back in Southern Indiana for a wedding this weekend.  I celebrated Mass this morning at my home parish, St. Paul, in Tell City.  There is always something comforting in going home, and even more nourishing in the celebration of daily Mass.  I always enjoy the opportunity to celebrate Mass in the church where I received all my Sacraments, even where I was ordained a priest. However, I wonder where God’s People are today? Much of the current data from research tells us that more and more young people are drifting away from the […]

40 Days For Life In Wyoming

Hopefully you are aware of a nation-wide pro-life effort that has been underway for quite some time known as 40 Days for Life.  For the first time this year, there is a 40 Days For Life in Wyoming, and runs from yesterday, September 28 – November 6.  You can find out more information about this effort to peacefully and publicly pray at the link provided above.  Simply go to the website, click on the tab at the top of the page entitled Locations and then find Wyoming on the map and click on the Casper site for […]

Time To Freshen-up Your Job Description

When was the last time you updated your job description?  Does it include a faith component?  Because, faith is to be a part of every aspect of our life.  In today’s Gospel (Luke 9: 57-62) Jesus calls each of us: “Come, follow me.”  With this invitation is the commission of Jesus: “But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.” Are you listening to Jesus?  Are you following Jesus?  How do you proclaim the Kingdom of God in your life? It is helpful to be as clear as possible about how Jesus is calling you and […]

Trust In The Lord …

Last Saturday, I was on the road early out of Cheyenne headed for Casper.  It was a crisp, clear, cool morning, and the Laramie Range to the west was in full display, covered from top to bottom with the first fresh snowfall of the season.  I was on my way to celebrate Mass with the Bishop’s Guild, and later join them for brunch.  My topic for the morning’s presentation was prayer.  After that visit, I returned to Cheyenne to give a similar reflection to a gathering that night at the Knights of Columbus. Below are some […]

The Spirituality of Stewardship

Last week, the clergy and pastoral leaders of the Diocese of Cheyenne gathered in Laramie for a two day work shop to study the spirituality of stewardship.  We brought in a group of known and proven speakers from Catholic Stewardship Consultants who shared with us their experience as pastors and parish leaders in building a spirituality and culture of stewardship in their own parishes.  The results can be transforming for a parish, and the lives of the individuals who make up a parish. Our annual institute is always a shot in the arm to all the participants.  It […]

Day Of Prayer For Peace: Love Conquers All Things

Only Love Conquers All Things With tomorrow’s approach of the Day Of Prayer For Peace In Our Communities, I wish to share with you a recent article written for our Diocesan Newspaper.  Though the article was written before Archbishop Kurtz called for this day of prayer, it still seems to strike the right tone, and the message is in harmony with how to go about breaking down the barriers that divide us as a human family.  May God give us the grace to be builders of peace and unity. Please join me for Mass this Friday, […]

The Smell Of The … Horses

Most of you are familiar with the often quoted phrase of Pope Francis that the good shepherd needs to have the smell of his sheep. Well, this shepherd had the opportunity to spend Monday with some of his flock, er, ranchers on horseback in the mountain rounding up the last of the cattle in preparation for fall shipping. There is no better way to understand the day-to-day life of my people than to spend time with them in their natural surroundings and simply visiting with them and listening to their stories, and literally ‘sitting in […]

World Day Of Prayer For The Care Of Creation

Today is the Second annual World Day Of Prayer For The Care Of Creation.  Pope Francis initiated this day of prayer last year as an opportunity for us to be in solidarity with our Orthodox brothers and sisters, along with other Churches and Christian communities.  It is a designated day of prayer to reaffirm our own vocation to be good stewards of creation and to give thanks to God for the marvelous beauty of his handiwork.  It is also a time for prayerful reflection for deeper understanding of the ways we are misusing this tremendous […]

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