Tag: Joy

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 […]

The Spirituality of Stewardship

Last week, the clergy and pastoral leaders of the Diocese of Cheyenne gathered in Laramie for a two day work shop to study the spirituality of stewardship.  We brought in a group of known and proven speakers from Catholic Stewardship Consultants who shared with us their experience as pastors and parish leaders in building a spirituality and culture of stewardship in their own parishes.  The results can be transforming for a parish, and the lives of the individuals who make up a parish. Our annual institute is always a shot in the arm to all the participants.  It […]

Welcome To My New Blog!

Dear Friends, welcome to my new blog! I figured after six and one half years, it was time for an upgrade. I also learned that around 80% of people who access the internet today do so with a hand-held device, and my previous blog was no longer user friendly. How can I / we be successful in the New Evangelization if we are not user friendly?! I am grateful and humbled by the readership of this blog over the years.  It is hard to believe that this blog post is number 800!  I pray God […]

Visitation of Blessed Mother Brings Joy

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 […]

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, […]

God’s Mercy In The Person Of Jesus Is The Standard Of The New Covenant

On this 5th Sunday of Lent, we hear another familiar Gospel story of the adulterous woman brought before Jesus.  In usual fashion, Jesus is drawing crowds to hear him teach.  It is in this setting of Jesus teaching the crowds that the scribes and Pharisees drag a woman caught in adultery to challenge Jesus’ understanding of the Mosaic law. Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery.  Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.  So what do you say? A key to how Jesus will respond is […]

God Calls Us From The Womb Into Relationship

I mentioned recently in a previous blog that Sherry Weddell gave a great series of presentations to our clergy for this year’s clergy institute.  One of the astounding statistics she provided indicates that many Catholics do not believe it is possible to have a personal relationship with God.  This statistic alone can give tremendous guidance to every pastor and parish regarding a key priority in our day-to-day mission.  That priority is simple; lead people to Jesus Christ. Last Sunday’s first reading came from the Prophet Jeremiah, and gives a great starting point for all of […]

Finn & Betty McCarthy Recipients of Papal Award

Finn and Betty McCarthy were honored at a special ceremony at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Wednesday evening, January 20, 2016. Mr. & Mrs. McCarthy are the recipients of a distinguished service award known as the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For the Church and Pope.) This is the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity by the Pope. When I notified them prior to the celebration of the award, Finn responded: “What did we ever do to receive such an honor?” Here are just a few indications of the loving service Finn and Betty […]

Homily Of Pope Francis: Solemnity Of The Nativity Of Our Lord

Tonight “a great light” shines forth (Is 9:1); the light of Jesus’ birth shines all about us. How true and timely are the words of the prophet Isaiah which we have just heard: “You have brought abundant joy and great rejoicing” (9:2)!  Our heart was already joyful in awaiting this moment; now that joy abounds and overflows, for the promise has been at last fulfilled.  Joy and gladness are a sure sign that the message contained in the mystery of this night is truly from God. There is no room for doubt; let us leave […]

Rock Springs’ Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

For the past six years, the Hispanic community of Holy Spirit Catholic Community in Rock Springs has hosted a celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  In order to accommodate as many people as possible, they gather on the Sunday nearest the feast.  This gives them one day to decorate the event center, and a day for the celebration. Even though the Mass is for the Sunday of Advent, the festivities clearly center around Our Lady.  This was the first year I was able to join the community.  It is an impressive display of […]

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