Tag: Marriage

John The Baptist, Elizabeth & Zechariah Allowed God’s Plan To Interrupt Their Own

On this Nativity of John The Baptist, we look to a critical moment in the history of salvation.  On this solemnity, our minds are drawn as much to the holy couples of Elizabeth and Zechariah & Joseph and Mary as they are to John the Baptist. This is a seminal moment in history when God is choosing through the lives of ‘ordinary couples’ to bring his Son into the world, as well as the one who would go before him to prepare His way, to Baptize Him and proclaim Him the Lamb of God. As […]

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 […]

In Service Of The Lord; Sent!

In a recent conversation with a brother bishop, he said that just before Easter, someone fires a gun, and we (bishops) are on a mad dash from then until the end of June with all of the activities that fill the calendar this time of year.  That is a very good analogy! On Thursday before Memorial Day, I departed Anchorage for a very full schedule of stops and visits.  The first stop was a visit with family for the very special occasion of my niece’s wedding.  McKenzie was married to David Greenwood on the Saturday, […]

A Farmer’s Wedding; Congratulations Dale & Brooke Gerringer

Farming is a dignified calling, and yields some marvelous correlations for marriage and family life.  Jennings County Indiana is populated with one family farm after another.  During two of my years as Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, I served as pastor for two small parishes in Jennings County, and the vast majority of parish families were farmers.  Yesterday I returned to this rural community to preside at a wedding for Dale Gerringer and Brooke Caudill. Dale is the youngest of three, having two older sisters.  Privileged to preside at the weddings of his two sisters, I completed […]

Recovering The Sacred In Marraige & Family

Today I enjoyed a rare moment of celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony with a lovely couple, Nicole Greff & Brian Dobbe, now Mr. & Mrs. Brian Dobbe! I have thought of and prayed for this young couple much in the recent days leading up to this their wedding day. I thanked the couple for coming to the church to begin their married life together. Within the celebration, it is easy to recognize that marriage is a holy calling and a sacred relationship of love.  I asked them to always recognize the sacredness of their […]

More On Human Dignity

The first reading for today’s Mass comes from the Prophet Ezekiel (16:1-15, 60, 63).  I find it highly symbolic of our origin in God and the dignity bestowed upon us by God.  Sacred Scriptures are such a gift, revealing God’s eternal love and plan.  Yes, we believe the Sacred Scriptures are divinely inspired and authoritative. God instructed the Prophet Ezekiel to speak to the inhabitants of Jerusalem about their infidelity.  The prophet does so by telling a story of the birth and life of a woman.  From this story we learn that our origin is […]

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, […]

September Institute On Marriage, Family And Vocations A Huge Success

For a change of pace this year’s September Institute was held in Laramie, rather than Casper.  Though attendance was down slightly this year from previous institutes, the energy and information were above par.  For a complete tour of the three day event, you may view pictures here, courtesy of our Stewardship and Development Director, Mr. Matt Potter. There are many benefits to gathering the clergy and pastoral leadership of the diocese, but I would like to reflect on just a few.  First of all, it serves as a great way to strengthen the bonds that […]

The Lord Jesus, Clement Judge

Early this week, our Holy Father, Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter entitled Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus, translated meaning The Lord Jesus, Clement Judge.  With this motu proporio, (of his own initiative) Pope Francis streamlined the process by which the Church examines and declares a marriage null.  For all matters of ecclesiastical (Church) life, the Church is guided by a comprehensive set of laws, which are known as Canon Law.  This Apostolic Letter modifies or reforms the set of laws governing the marriage review process by which the Church determines whether a marriage should be declared […]

The Dignity of Marriage; The Love of a Man and Woman

The hits just keep on coming this weekend.  Today I had the distinct pleasure of presiding at the wedding ceremony of a beautiful young couple, who tonight are now Mr. & Mrs. Tyler Ward.  Maria is the daughter of a permanent deacon who is the Director of Pastoral Ministries for the Diocese of Cheyenne.  Tyler’s parents are active in the Cheyenne.  Tyler and Maria are both Catholic, and the faith-filled nature of their ceremony today gives me great hope. Congratulations to Maria and Tyler Ward!  Below is the homily for the occasion. Maria and Tyler, […]

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