Tag: Sacraments

Risen Christ Continually Encountered In Sacramental Life Of The Church

Happy Easter! I hope and pray your Lenten journey was fruitful and your Easter celebration is one of even greater appreciation for the love of God who sent his only Son into the world and for Jesus Christ who coming into the world took on our human condition, walked among us, preached and healed, laid down his life on the cross and rose from the dead for our salvation. Salvation, what a precious gift! Eternal life, what a precious hope for those of us who believe in the Risen Christ! I do not know about […]

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 […]

Living The Power Of God’s Word And The Paschal Mystery

For some reason, these last few days have been a spiritual struggle for me. But, that is the reality of the spiritual life; it is a constant ebb and flow of ups and downs, of consolation and desolation, of fidelity and temptations. Through the course of every spiritual journey, God is doing what he does best, tempering us for holiness. The life of the believer is a continual invitation to live what we believe, namely, by the power of God’s Word, the strength of Grace, going deeper everyday into the Paschal Mystery of Jesus’ own death […]

Our Lady of Fatima Celebrates 60th Anniversary

On Sunday, I joined the parishioners of Our Lady of Fatima for their 60th anniversary celebration.  Joining the parishioners for the celebration were their pastor, Fr. Thomas George, Deacon Ed McCarthy, and Msgr. James O’Neil, Fr. Michael Carr, Fr. John Savio, and the previous pastor, Fr. Bob Fox, who also served as the homilist for the 11:30 Mass. Parishes play such a crucial role in the life of the Church.  From the very early days of the apostolic church, people gathered in homes to keep Jesus’ instruction to celebrate the Eucharist: “Do this in memory […]

Strong Ties Between Confirmation & New Evangelization

  When we left Jackson Sunday morning, the skys were clear, and the Tetons were visible once again in all their beauty.  I believe the analogy here is that just as it is impossible to never tire of the beauty of these mountains, so we will neve tire of gazing upon the Beauty of God for all of eternity. The first stop on Sunday was Alpine, a small town in Star Valley, just north of Thayne where we dedicated a new church last June.  I had the opportunity to visit with one of our permanent […]

Lent: A Time For Review of Life Aimed at Growing in Holiness

Lent is clearly a time to examine our holiness of life.  Some have recently asked for greater detail in terms of what exactly holiness entails.  In short, holiness is found through our relationship with God.  That is why Jesus instructs us “to be perfect just as our heavenly Father is perfect.”  (Matthew 5:48)  In other words, our holiness exists in God, who is Supreme holiness; Holiness itself.  St. Thomas Aquinas saw holiness as our capacity to receive God.  “For nothing is worthy to receive God unless it be pure, according to Psalm 92:5: ‘Holiness becomes your […]

St. Rose Torrington & St. Anthony Guernsey Confirmation

Last night we celebrated the last Confirmation of the 2012 season.  Seventeen young people received the Sacrament representing St. Anthony in Guernsey and St. Rose of Lima in Torrington.  Once again, no pictures to share, and probably just as well as I am composing this entry from the Denver Airport, and wifi reception is weak. Once again, our young people seem well-prepared to receive Confirmation.  Our young people were encouraged to truly live their faith.  One important connection for our young Church to make is the direct connection between Christ and His Church.  One of […]

Returning to the Fountain of Love

Before this Memorial of St. Bernard of Clairvaux draws to a close, I would like to reflect upon a simple passage he wrote. In today’s Office of Readings, St. Bernard writes: Love is a great thing so long as it contiunally returns to its fountainhead, flows back to its source, always drawing from there the water which constantly replenishes it. What is the Fountainhead, the Source of Love to which St. Bernard refers?  Clearly, that Font is God.  “God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”  […]

Be Open To The Good God Desires; Renewing Our Desire For God

One of the practices I began when named a bishop is to take the month of July not so much as a vacation month, but to take more time for prayer and study, and less time in the office. I am still available to my staff, and willing to schedule appointments as needed, but my focus is more on my interior life, and less on the external demands of the office. As you may expect, it has been a blessing to spend more time in silence before the Blessed Sacrament.  Much as married couples, celibates must […]

Christ & Eucharist Make Us Church

In light of our recent strategic planning as a diocese, I have thought a lot about who we are as Church, and the nature of Church. The goal of our strategic plan is to strengthen this local Church of the diocese of Cheyenne. My reflection naturally begins with thoughts of the Incarnation, when God sent His only Son into the world. Jesus is the perfect “wedding” of our human nature with the divine. Think of it: God, infinite, pure and perfect life, love, “being”, taking on our finite human nature, and joining “us” to Himself. […]

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