Month: November 2013

Thanksgiving Greetings & Prayer

Happy Thanksgiving to all! As this Nation’s Day of Thanksgiving dawns, I wish all of you a grace-filled day.  No matter the trials of any present moment or of recent past, our God is still present with a loving gaze and a Will to provide for all our needs, not the least of which is our holiness and salvation.  Let us give thanks for God’s many blessings, and remember those most in need.   Here is such a thought and prayer from years past from President Abraham Lincoln.   Washington, D.C. October 3, 1863 By […]

Live The Faith; Reflections On The New Evangelization

As the Year of Faith has now drawn to a close, let’s reflect upon some of the encouragement and instruction we have received from the two popes who shared this grace-filled year. In his first encyclical, Pope Benedict XVI made a very practical teaching that continues to guide my own ministry as a bishop, particularly in assessing our pastoral ministries.  I think it is also helpful for every Catholic to examine and assess the full integration of their faith life.  Here is what Pope Benedict had to say: The Church’s deepest nature is expressed in […]

Who Is At The Center Of Your Life?

As this year’s National Catholic Youth Conference draws to a conclusion today, my prayer this morning is filled with hopes for our Church and in particular, for the youth of our Church.  One of the prayers in this morning’s Liturgy of Hours reminds us that to serve the Lord is our lasting joy! Who does not want joy in life?  One of the many events of yesterday included an hour-long session with about 50 youth and three bishops for a Q. & A.  At the end of the session, one young man asked a very […]

Young Church, We Love You!

The National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis this year is a great event. Nearly 25,000 youth have gathered from around the country, and I am so pleased that we have nearly 50 present from Wyoming. Besides the youth, there are so many dedicated adult leaders and youth ministers, men and women religious, priests and bishops.  The energy is electric and speaks volumes of the faith of this young Church.  To say the least, these young people give me great hope, and it is such a joy to be with them!  I want all of our […]

Thoughts of Youth; NCYC 2014

I”m getting to be very familiar with the Denver airport, as I sit here once again with a snow delay.  I’m headed for Indianapolis for this year’s NCYC, (National Catholic Youth Conference)where around 25,000 – 30,000 youth will gather at Lucas Oil Stadium for the next few days.  I was scheduled to preside and preach at this evening’s Mass, but that will not be possible given the delay time we are now faced with.  So, I’ll simply share now my thoughts on today’s feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and how it strongly […]

A Mother’s Courageous Faith

The individuals in today’s first reading from 2 Maccabees 7: 1, 20-31 are inspiring, most especially the mother.  The scene is one of persecution for the faith.  As King Antiochus is forcing the Hebrews to abandon their faith for the ‘state religion’ of pagan worship, we find this mother witnessing the torture and execution of her seven sons. Not only does she encourage them to be faithful to the Tradition during this brief moment of torture, but her words are instruction of faith in God the Creator.  I could not help but think of how important […]

In Preparation For 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Input Sought From the Faithful

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Recently, bishops around the world learned that our Holy Father, Pope Francis has called an Extraordinary Synod for next October, 2014.  The theme for this gathering will be: Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.  In 2015, the Vatican will convene a follow-up assembly that will seek to develop “guidelines in the pastoral care of the person and the family.” As a preparation for this Extraordinary Synod, a preparatory document was developed to assist local bishops in gathering input from the faithful of his […]

USCCB Plenary Meeting 2013 Drawing To A Close

As our 2013 Plenary meeting of the US Bishops’ Conference draws near to conclusion, a special statement was issued at the close of our executive session today. I share that with this readership now, in the hopes that after I get home, a more complete review may be offered. The bishops of this country have just concluded their traditional fall meeting in Baltimore and have spent time on issues important to them and their people: help to those suffering from Typhoon Haiyan; an update on the situation in Haiti; matters of worship and teaching; service […]

Reflection For All Souls Day From Vatican II

Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World #18. It is in the face of death that the riddle a human existence grows most  acute. Not only is man tormented by pain and by the advancing deterioration of  his body, but even more so by a dread of perpetual extinction. He rightly  follows the intuition of his heart when he abhors and repudiates the utter ruin  and total disappearance of his own person. He rebels against death because he  bears in himself an eternal seed which cannot be reduced to sheer […]

South Dakota Ranchers Need Our Prayerful Support

A month ago this weekend, Northeast Wyoming and especially West South Dakota were hit hard by an early winter blizzard named Storm Atlas. Last night, I heard from the Bishop of Rapid City, Bishop Robert Gruss, just how devastating the storm was to local livestock growers in his area.  Hit particularly hard were the ranchers of beef cattle. As a neighboring bishop, and as President of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, I wish to express our fraternal and prayerful support for all the ranching families who experienced the full force of nature in this […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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