Today, in Cheyenne, we celebrate the anniversary of the dedication of our Cathedral, The Assumption of our Blessed Mother. The readings for such an occassion recall from Matthew the encounter between Jesus and his disciples when he asks them: “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” It is at this time that St. Peter makes his marvelous confession of faith: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Mt 16:16) It is because of this faith of Peter Jesus is then able to have the “foothold” or “foundation” he needs to establish, to […]
Homily for the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B. The Opening Prayer from Mass this weekend asks: “Grant us, Lord our God, that we may honor you with all our mind, and love everyone in truth of heart.” We are called to give our adherence to God, to God’s call, in the person of Jesus, God’s spoken WORD. We are to do so freely, without coercion. Christ respects our freedom, the freedom God gives each person to give adherence to His Word, to believe in the Word of God & His Truth. Our response […]
On August 1, 2011, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an “internal final rule” to require virtually all private health plans to include coverage for all FDA-approved prescription contraceptives, and female sterilization procedures. Among these prescription contraceptives are drugs which are known to induce abortion. All health plans will be required to include these services without co-pays or other cost sharing – even if the insurer, the employer or the woman herself objects to such coverage. Since August, numerous protests to this rule have been formally filed with HHS, seeking a […]
I recently ran across a quote on the website for Salt & Light TV, the Catholic Television Network in Canada. It is a brilliant, hope-filled message addressed by Vaclav Havel in 1990 as he greeted John Paul II and welcomed him to Prague, Czechoslovakia shortly after that country’s liberation from Communism. “I am not sure I know what a miracle is. In spite of this, I dare say that, at this moment, I am participating in a miracle: the man who six months ago was arrested as an enemy of the state stands here today […]
Our first gathering of young adults for Thursday Night LIFE is off to a grace-filled start. The chapel at St. Mary’s School was not big enough for all who showed up. We shared a great hour of prayer together, and another hour of socializing and enjoying each other’s company. Enjoy the pics from tonight, and be sure to join us next month! Stay tuned for the location, for we certainly need the use of one of the parish churches.
Here is the homily from tonight’s Adoration and gathering of young adults. The Appearance on the Road to Emmaus: (Luke 24: 13 – 33) “They did not recognize him.” How many walk around in our world today, even those who believe in Jesus, and yet do not find him, do not recognize him? My dear young friends, I want you to know and always believe, “Jesus walks with you.” (Luke 24:15) As we begin a series of prayerful encounters with each other over this next year, it is important, even significant, that the format for […]
Today’s 1st Reading for Mass is taken from the First Book of Samuel (3:1-10; 19-20). This is a well known account of the LORD calling the young Samuel. Awakened from sleep by this call, Samuel goes to his friend and mentor, Eli, saying: “Here I am. You called me.” Three times, this happens, and finally, Eli realizes that it is the Lord who is calling Samuel. So, he advises Samuel the next time this happens to say: “Speak, for your servant is listening.” What does this account teach us about the manner in which God speaks in […]
This past week I was on retreat with the region bishops in Tucson, Arizona. One of the secondary blessings was the visibility and beauty of the stars. Is there anyone who does not enjoy gazing upon the stars? Even if only for a brief moment, the stars tend to stir one’s heart, and fill us with a sense of wonder and hope. Surely part of the reason for this strange phenomenon is that the stars naturally and powerfully lead us out of our self to something well beyond us. Hidden in this mysterious […]