Tag: Fidelity

A Final Tribute To Mom

As I prepare to leave southern Indiana behind once again to return to Anchorage, I wish to share some final thoughts about our family’s experience of accompanying Mom through her final days.  Please bear with me for one final reflection. At the prayer service the night before Mom’s funeral, each of the family members offered some reflections about Mom. I could not think of Mom without thinking of Pop.  The two naturally went together, and it is barely possible to separate them.  I recalled a plaque that hung over the kitchen entrance to our home […]

Palm Sunday: God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways

As we listen again today to the Passion of Jesus, I’m reminded how much God’s ways are not our own.  Even Jesus, who throughout his earthly ministry was in intimate communion with the Father, experienced a certain ‘darkness’ in fulfilling the Father’s will in his Passion and Death, and thus exclaimed from the cross: “My God, why have you abandoned me?” I find comfort in these words of Jesus as perhaps each of us are called to do as we bear the cross and sufferings that are a part of our lives.  How often do […]

“It was morning.”

At the conclusion of last night’s Liturgy, which is simply a pause in the one Liturgy of these days of the Easter Triduum, we accompanied Jesus and his disciples “across the Kidron valley to where there was a garden, into which he and his disciples entered.” (John 18: 1) Jesus had a very long night.  He prayed to his Father that he could remain faithful in enduring his Passion.  He prayed to the Father that he could freely and lovingly lay down his life for our salvation.  He prayed for his disciples (and us) that […]

Behold Your King

As this Holy Week begins, we are encouraged to recognize Christ as our King. The glory of Jesus is revealed in humble love, suffering and service.  As the second reading today teaches: Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.  Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2: 6ff) If our God and Savior can lower […]

Jesus Is Listening

Jesus Is Listening As I processed through the church last night with our Lord during the Eucharistic procession, I almost felt like I was eavesdropping on the most intimate conversations. I was highly aware of the Lord’s awareness of each and every person we passed by during the procession. Jesus is listening attentively to each of us, to the desires of every human heart. Jesus is near, is listening, always loving us to the very end. Jesus is the High Priest who comes with compassion, who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. Jesus is the […]

Called and Sent to Live the Gift of Faith

In today’s readings, we hear in the Letter to the Hebrews about faith, which is defined as follows: Faith is the realization of what is h0ped for and evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) It was by the gift of faith that Abraham was capable of answering God’s call to leave behind the familiarity of his homeland to journey to a place where God would make of him a great nation.  Abraham and his descendants believed in God’s promise to be with them.  They believed in the faithfulness of God.  They believed in the love […]

Joe Gronotte: Rest In Peace

During last night’s Confirmation Mass at the Cathedral, I shared with those to be confirmed news I received early Sunday morning.  I learned of the death of a friend and former parishioner from my nine years as pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in New Albany, Indiana.  I shared this news with the young Confirmation class because I wanted to hold up Joe as an example for them. Joe was one of my “go to guys” during my years as pastor at OLPH.  Every pastor knows who those dependable people are in the parish when […]

‘Resistance’ is a part of the Kingdom

It’s amazing to me how the truth of the Scriptures continually ‘open’ with each passing year of one’s pilgrimage in this life.  Once again today, I ‘heard’ a new ‘reality’ of God’s Kingdom while reading the Gospel.  Jesus shares another parable of the Kingdom of heaven with us: “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.” A key element of the Kingdom involves invitation.  God continually invites us into a loving relationship, a life-giving union with himself.  This is another way of saying that God […]

Celebrating Marriage

Today, for the second consecutive year, married couples gathered at St. Patrick in Casper to celebrate marriage.  It is so humbling to be with these men and women who have remained faithful to each other and their promises of love over the years. With the Sunday readings speaking about the importance of faith and keeping our eyes on Christ, these husbands and wives have lived that faith, and experienced God’s fidelity in their striving to be faithful to one another. The first reading from the Book of Kings finds the great Prophet Elijah faithfully living in […]

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 […]

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