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USCCB Retreat

Just a few days ago, our USCCB Retreat concluded.  We gathered at the request of Pope Francis, and enjoyed the direction and wisdom of the Preacher of the Papal Household, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM.  With nearly 280 bishops registered, which is a similar number of those who are present for our plenary assemblies, we experienced a unique opportunity over the course of six days to pray together.  While Bishops gather regularly for retreats on a Regional basis, this year’s retreat was a rare gathering of the entire body of bishops from the United States. As […]

Post Baltimore: Where are we? And where are we going?

For various reasons, I have been slow to share my own thoughts with you about our USCCB meeting in Baltimore earlier this month. I needed time to sit and pray with all the events and input of the week. I am sure about two things, one; the People of God need to hear from their bishops in the wake of our meeting in Baltimore, and two, there is hope for our future. No Vote: Without a doubt, the ‘show-stopper’ moment came at the beginning of our meeting, when Cardinal DiNardo announced that he had only […]

He Is Risen! Let Us Run With Peter & The Beloved Disciple In Search Of The Risen Christ

Happy Easter! On this Easter Sunday the Church hears the message proclaimed to Peter and the Beloved Disciple, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we do not know where they put him.” (John 20:2) Most of us after living for a while know the experience of grief, of losing a loved one, a close friend, a core person of our support system.  This is how the apostles and close followers of Jesus were feeling – but even with a greater poignance.  They were just beginning to believe that he was the Son […]

Lent: Expect & Desire Encounters With God

n this 2ND Sunday of Lent, we hear Scriptural accounts of powerful experiences of God.  Abram hears God directing him to leave his homeland behind to discover a new land which God will show him.  He hears of God’s promise of blessing, and Abram followed the direction of God. Peter, James and John also have a powerful experience of God (the Father) as they accompany Jesus during his transfiguration.  And of course, Jesus himself, who is always in communion with the Father, has a mystical encounter with Moses and Elijah and is transfigured before the […]

The Cry Of Advent: “Arise, My Beloved, And Come”

We are now in the final days of Advent. Is our longing for the Lord stronger? Is our cry for the Lord more intimate?  Today’s first reading from the Song of Songs is perhaps one of the most intimate expressions of longing for the Lord in all of Sacred Scripture, and instructs us to be equally intimate in our desire for and relationship with Christ. My lover speaks; he says to me, “Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one, and come! “For see, the winter is past, the rains are over and gone. The […]

Woman, Why Are You Weeping?

Twice in today’s Gospel, (John 20:11-18) Mary Magdalen is asked why she is weeping. She has kept vigil at the tomb, grieving the tragic crucifixion and death of Jesus.  The man who loved her with great mercy and forgiveness has been taken from her.  Now, on top of this grief, the empty tomb represents not resurrection, but an assumption that someone has removed his body and taken it to another location, which simply adds salt to the wound of her grief. Mary’s grief is an obstacle to belief in the resurrection.  Even when the Risen Lord appears to her, […]

Only An Infinite Mercy Can Bring Us Salvation; An Easter Message From Pope Francis

“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures for ever” (Ps 135:1) Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter! Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God’s mercy, out of love for us, died on the cross, and out of love he rose again from the dead. That is why we proclaim today: Jesus is Lord! His resurrection fulfils the prophecy of the Psalm: God’s mercy endures for ever; it never dies. We can trust him completely, and we thank him because for our sake he descended into the depths of the […]

The Blood of Jesus Reveals the Secret of God’s Heart; God Loves Us Beyond Measure.

Pictures from today’s service may be seen here. GOOD FRIDAY HOMILY ST. MARY CATHEDRAL, CHEYENNE BISHOP PAUL D. ETIENNE, DD, STL Our Triduum continues today. Jesus spent the early part of the night in prayer with his disciples. During the night, Judas brought those who will arrest Jesus to a place Jesus treasured; a place where Jesus developed his relationship with his disciples, where they prayed together, and rested from their journeys; the garden of Gethsemane. In this garden where the disciples came to know Jesus as the Son of God, the moment has arrived […]

Jesus Overcomes Doubt And Confusion Of Satan And Helps Us Do The Same

Today’s Gospel from St. Luke (4:1-13) recalls Jesus’ temptations in the desert for forty days.  One practical consideration for us is this temptation follows immediately upon the heals of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan.  At the Baptism, Jesus is revealed as God’s Son.  Jesus receives the Holy Spirit.  In this moment, the ministry of Jesus begins, as does the Father’s will to save the world from sin. It is not uncommon for all of us to have these powerful experiences of God’s presence at work in our own life, whether during a time of retreat, […]

Address At Governor’s Prayer Breakfast

This morning many of the Wyoming State legislators and other state officials gathered at Little America for the annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast. I was asked by Governor Mead to give this year’s address, which I share with you here. The Power and Necessity of Prayer Address at Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, February 11, 2014 The Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne, Bishop of Cheyenne First of all, please allow me to thank you, Governor Mead for your invitation to be with all of you this morning for this time of prayer. I wish to thank you and […]

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