Very soon after Mary gave her consent to God to become the Mother of his Son, Jesus, she begins her missionary life as his first disciple, and visits her cousin, Elizabeth. Bringing Christ to others is the core of the feast we celebrate today, the Visitation. Elizabeth’s response to the visit ,and the response of the child within her womb is the fruit of credible discipleship. Luke’s Gospel tell us: “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, ‘Most blessed […]
As the Church celebrates today’s Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, it is an opportunity for us to be mindful of what a precious gift we have in the Eucharist. In the world there are always challenges and problems, but we are never alone. We have a God who loves us far more than we can ever imagine. The God whose love cannot be contained, out of love created all things, and in time chose to enter so fully into the world that he took on our human condition, becoming one like […]
Both of today’s readings are great reminders to come to Jesus and to remain in him. Today’s Gospel recalls another journey of Jesus, this time he is passing through Jericho with his disciples. Sitting along the side of the road is a blind man, Bartimaeus. The man, hearing that Jesus is passing by, begins crying out: “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” (Mark 10:47) He has such faith that he knows and believes Jesus can heal him. He has such humility, he does not care who hears him cry out in his need. Jesus […]
There is a pious story about St. Augustine walking along a beach one day pondering and reflecting on the Trinity. He encounters a young child digging a hole in the sand. Repeatedly, the child walks to the ocean, fills a small pail with water, and returns to the hole where he dumps the water. When asked by St. Augustine what he is doing, the child casually explains that he is putting the ocean into the hole. St. Augustine laughs and tells the child he could never do such a thing in a million years. The […]
Nothing like an ordination to breath new life into a local Church. The cathedral was full for today’s ordination of Rev. Andrew Kinstetter, and it was a beautiful celebration! Pictures from the ceremony can be viewed here, and as always, I’m very grateful to Matt Potter for his photography skills. Homily is below. Please join us in grateful prayer to God for the blessing of a new priest! Homily For Priesthood Ordination of Rev. Andrew Kinstetter, May 20, 2016 The Gospel selected for today (John 17:6, 14-19) gives us not only a beautiful teaching of Jesus, […]
As this Year of Mercy progresses, we now have a Holy Door for pilgrims to visit in the western portion of the Diocese of Cheyenne. Now that the Teton National Park has reopened for the season, we were able to dedicate another Holy Door in the State of Wyoming in the beautiful Sacred Heart Chapel. I had every intention of presiding over the ceremony, but illness prevented me from being on hand, so Fr. Louis Shea got to do the honors! A local reporter from the Jackson Hole News & Guide provided a nice story, […]
Having recently celebrated the feast of St. Isidore, I am mindful of the many farmers busy preparing their fields for planting and the many ranchers hard at work during another calving / lambing / branding season. Last year we had such a good turn out and feedback for our Catholic Rural Life celebration that we will host another Mass and dinner again this year. All are welcome! Details are in the poster below. Please keep Sunday, August 21 free so you can join us on the Miles Land and Livestock Ranch west of Casper.
Today was a very special day for the Mt. Carmel Monastery in Clark, Wyoming. At 9:00 am, in a simple and small ceremony in the monastery chapel, Br. Simon Mary, M. Carm. was ordained a deacon. He will be ordained priest later this year on December 14 in the same chapel. Br. Simon Mary is the first ordination for the community since two priests were ordained in October, 2010. Br. Simon Mary is affectionately known in the community as ‘Little Monk.’ He is intelligent, humble, hard working, and has a beautiful spirituality. On top of his studies, he liaisons with […]