Tag: Sacred Heart of Jesus

God’s Grace Active In Today’s Church

In so many ways, it is clear God’s grace is active and alive in the Church today, and it has been on full display this week in the Archdiocese of Anchorage! Our week began with the annual Alaska Catholic Youth Conference.  For four days, approximately 250 youth, ministers and chaperones gathered in Anchorage from around the state of Alaska.  These young people are full of energy and especially, faith! We prayed together, played together, and took time to learn even more about our faith from a variety of speakers.  I’m particularly grateful that all four […]

Sacred Heart Of Jesus; God So Loved The World

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  It is celebrated on the Friday after the Octave of the feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and  Blood of Christ. The origins of today’s great celebration go back at least as far as 1670, when the devotion was celebrated by St. John Eudes in Rennes, France.  The devotion spread even further after the visions received by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647 – 1690).  From this time, France regularly maintained the celebration of the Sacred Heart, until Pope Pius IX extended the celebration to […]

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; Our Spring of Salvation

 Today’s Solemnity is a favorite in the Liturgical Calendar.  Often, on this Solemnity, we remember our priests, and we pray for the sanctification of priests.  Last week when our priests were on retreat, I remember sharing with them at the beginning of one of our Masses that the renewal of the Church is intimately hinged to the holiness of our priests. I am also remembering today that on this Solemnity last year, we dedicated the Diocese of Cheyenne to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  I hope the Lord sees growth in holiness and our efforts to renew the […]

Jesus’ Healing Recognizes the Integral Whole of the Human Person

In Mark’s Gospel, as elsewhere, we hear Jesus refer quite often to the human heart. One such passage we read during Mass earlier this week when Jesus quoted the Prophet Isaiah:  This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts.   Later in the same Chapter 7 Jesus says:  But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him.  From within the man, from his heart, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, […]

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus; July 1, 2011:  Homily              For several months, I have looked forward to this celebration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  I’m not sure how to put the desire of my heart into words, and part of that I hope is because I believe the desire is that of the heart of Jesus.  I had hoped on this day that we would be ready to promulgate our diocesan pastoral strategic plan.  However, there is still a bit more work that needs to be done in this regard, […]

Sacred Heart

Tomorrow, we celebrate the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This year, this feast also marks the end of the Year For Priests. I ask you on this Feast to make an effort to find some time to visit your local church and spend some time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. As you do so, please remember and pray for the many priests who celebrate the Holy Mass each day to bring this precious gift of Jesus, the gift of his Love present in the Eucharist to each of us. In this diocese, […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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