Tag: Life

Catholics Don’t Know What They Are Missing

I am back in Southern Indiana for a wedding this weekend.  I celebrated Mass this morning at my home parish, St. Paul, in Tell City.  There is always something comforting in going home, and even more nourishing in the celebration of daily Mass.  I always enjoy the opportunity to celebrate Mass in the church where I received all my Sacraments, even where I was ordained a priest. However, I wonder where God’s People are today? Much of the current data from research tells us that more and more young people are drifting away from 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, […]

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 […]

For Me Life Is Christ; On The Conversion Of St. Paul

Always a favorite feast of mine, today has been a special celebration of the Conversion of St. Paul.  For more than any reason, from the very beginning of this day, I have been blessed with a sense of the nearness of Christ, and that grace has abided throughout the day.  Partially, no doubt, is the setting.  I am with a dear friend, who has always been Christ to me, and tomorrow will celebrate his 20th anniversary as a bishop. The Conversion of St. Paul is a great teaching moment for all of us.  This incredible moment […]

The Injustice of Abortion; The Unjust Pursuit of Innocent Life

We come together today to praise God for his creative genius. We come together today to proclaim once again that all life is good, and that every human life is very good. Every human life from the moment of conception is a sign of God’s free choice to bring forth new life. The choice is God’s.  God chooses.  God chooses love. God chooses life.  Anyone who takes life, unjustly pursues the frustration of God’s divine plan. After 43 years of legalized abortion in this country, somewhere between 56 and 58 million lives have been unjustly pursued […]

Dance or Dirge or Indifference?

In today’s Gospel, Jesus challenges our indifference to both the joy he offers as well as the penitential preaching of John the Baptist. To what shall I compare this generation?  It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.’ John the Baptist came to prepare the world for the arrival of the Savior.  He preached the need for conversion and offered a Baptism of repentance.  Do we allow the preaching of the […]

Pope Francis Is Hitting All The Right Notes

Now in his third full day of this pastoral visit to the United States, our Holy Father is hitting all the right notes in his various homilies and addresses. He is not only the Chief Shepherd of the Church, but a beautiful presence of the Good Shepherd. If there was any doubt about this Pope’s orthodoxy, he is expressing his clear fidelity and support of the long-standing teaching of the Church regarding life.  In his address to Congress yesterday, he called for an end to the death penalty, strongly defended the sanctity of all life, […]

Join The Movement for Life, Marriage and Religious Freedom

On this day of the March for Marriage, enjoy the video below.

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 […]

Choose Life!

Today the Scriptures remind us of a fundamental truth: our life is in God. Thus, Moses in the Book of Deuteronomy (30:15-20) instructs the people: Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom. If you obey the commandments of the Lord, your God, which I enjoin on you today, loving him, and walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees, you will live and grow numerous, and the Lord, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy. If however, you turn away your […]

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