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Ordained A Priest 24 Years Today

My day has been filled with many fond memories, and my heart is filled with much gratitude.  Twenty Four years ago today, I was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Archbishop O’Meara, Archbishop of Indianapolis, died in January, 1992, and we were still without an archbishop.  Bishop Gettelfinger, a former priest from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, was asked to be the ordaining prelate.  Bishop Gettelfinger would go on to ordain two of my brothers for his own diocese as priests for Evansville, Indiana. If memory serves me well, July 11, 1992, it was announced […]

Our Inheritance Is The Lord!

Easter Vigil, 2015 St. Mary’s Cathedral, Cheyenne You Are My Inheritance, O Lord. (Psalm 16) Happy Easter! On this most sacred night, the Word of God leads us through salvation history. The life and creative love of God are easily grasped as the source and origin of all that exists. The harmony and beauty of creation exist by God’s design. Salvation history also reveals it is when humanity forgets God that chaos and division enter into the human drama causing discord, division, violence and suffering. With God there is Light, even in the darkness. Without […]

Religious Liberty; Rooted In Dignity Of The Human Person

As our Fortnight For Freedom progresses this summer, today seems an appropriate moment to reflect upon the innate freedom of every human person to give expression to their relationship with God.  Today the Church celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist.  We read in Sacred Scripture that this birth was announced to Zechariah by an angel of the Lord. The angel even goes so far as to describe the life mission of John.  (Luke 1: 525) The Sacred Scriptures give plenty of other evidence that we are all created by God, from the foundation […]

Trinity Sunday; God Bless America

On the Nation’s Memorial Day, we also celebrate Trinity Sunday. As we honor those who have served and still serve our nation and the cause of freedom, we give thanks and glory to God, the source and foundation of creation, all human life, and thus all society and freedom. The first reading today from the Book of Proverbs is basically another ‘creation account.’  The ‘voice’ of Proverbs is nothing less than the Wisdom of God, the Holy Spirit.  (No wonder we believe that all of Sacred Scripture is inspired by God.)  The reader is reminded […]

Confirmation in Northeast Wyoming

I have had the good fortune to spend a fair amount of time recently with our young Church. Last night 26 young people received the Sacrament of Confirmation at Corpus Christi in Newcastle. The youth were from St. Anthony in Upton, St. Matthew in Hulett and Corpus Christi in Newcastle. This group last night warmed my heart with their attention and participation during Mass.  It shows they received a very good preparation (catechesis) as well as evidence to their relationship with Christ (evangelization.)  The challenge for them and all of us in this Year of […]

Marriage: Selfless Love Fully & Freely Given

This Sunday, we have the final passage of Jesus’ Eucharistic Discourse from John’s Gospel.  (Chapter 6)  During the past several weeks, Jesus has told us how he will give his Body and Blood for our food and drink.  He tells us that the bread that He will give is his flesh for the life of the world.  He teaches us that unless we eat his flesh and drink his blood, we do not have life within us. When asked if he was serious about this teaching, he re-iterated that only by eating His flesh and […]

Humility Before God

On this Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, the readings are full of images and messages of humility.  We begin first with the Prophet, Zechariah.  He foresees and foretells the coming of a savior…meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass.  This prophecy of course speaks of Christ. Christ is the embodiemnt of meekness and humility.  He gave up His place with the Father in heaven to take on our humanity…a great act of humility in and of itself!  He came in human flesh to reveal the divinity of God.  […]

O Emmanuel

O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God. Here is another antiphon which connects the law with freedom, in a way that recalls O Sacred Lord.  At first glance, it sounds “off” to the ear of the “modern person” that freedom comes from law, and yet, that is once again the truth proclaimed in today’s antiphon…king and lawgiver…come and set us free! This antiphon recalls the words of Jesus found in St. John’s Gospel 8:32: If you continue in my word, you […]

O Sacred Lord

O Sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain: come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free. With this antiphon, we get a reminder of the eternal nature of God…Sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who is still active today…come…to set us free.  This evokes the teaching of the great prophet Isaiah: Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth!  For I am God, and there is no other. (Is 45:22)  How is it that […]

Christ The King!

Today we celebrate the final weekend of Ordinary Time; Christ the King.  As the scriptures today tell us, Christ has already won the battle, and His victory is secure.  To celebrate this Feast at the end of Ordinary Time is an inspiring reminder of the end goal, where His victory will be complete and all things will be subject to His sovereinty for all eternity. Luke’s Gospel reminds us of the nature of Christ’s throne, the cross.  We hear the one criminal pose the ultimate Truth of Christ, without truly believing in Him:  Are you […]

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