Tag: Sanctity of Life

Bishops Of Alaska Issue Pastoral Letter On Human Dignity And Sanctity Of Life

For the past several months, the bishops of Alaska have been discussing how we might best exercise our role as teachers. There are a growing number of social issues today that need to be addressed from a faith perspective, and yet require more than a ‘sound byte’ to adequately outline the theological principles which underpin our beliefs and teachings. At the same time, as we looked at the numerous issues we wished to address, we realized that what is fundamentally at the heart of each of the issues is the need for a proper understanding […]

Christian Understanding Of Human Person & Missionary Church Advances God’s Kingdom

The mission of the Church is to proclaim Christ to the world. The world has always needed this proclamation, and it is no different today. Our best, most credible proclamation of Christ comes in the form of witness, by the way we live, as much as by the creed we profess. Many of our cultural challenges today will be solved only with a proper understanding of the human person. Christian anthropology is an appreciation of the truth that every human person is created by God. This is the foundation of our human dignity and sanctity […]

40 Days For Life In Wyoming

Hopefully you are aware of a nation-wide pro-life effort that has been underway for quite some time known as 40 Days for Life.  For the first time this year, there is a 40 Days For Life in Wyoming, and runs from yesterday, September 28 – November 6.  You can find out more information about this effort to peacefully and publicly pray at the link provided above.  Simply go to the website, click on the tab at the top of the page entitled Locations and then find Wyoming on the map and click on the Casper site for […]

My Statement Following Shooting At St. James Catholic Church in Douglas

On Thursday this week, following a funeral Mass, U. S. Marshalls shot and killed a man in the parking lot of St. James Catholic Church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Local news coverage may be found here. This is the statement I issued yesterday in light of this tragic event: At this time, it is our understanding that law enforcement officers were present on Church property following a funeral at St. James and that their intention was to apprehend a family member of the deceased, due to outstanding warrants. Immediately following the funeral Mass, the individual being sought appeared outside […]

Catholics United For Life & Parish Visits

Friday began another tour of the Diocese with a trip to Cody for this year’s annual Catholics United For Life Conference.  I’m told this was their best attended conference to date.  Speakers included Jenn Giroux, Rebecca Kiessling, Dr. James & Stephanie Bell and yours truly.  I was impressed to see the variety of age groups represented at this conference. The speakers addressed several life issues, but their personal histories were very much the focus of their individual talks.  The Bells spoke of their decision to carry a child full term to life that they knew […]

Peace For Syria

Saturday, President Obama announced his decision to take military action against Syria.  Thankfully, he also announced his decision to seek approval of Congress for such action. Yesterday, our Holy Father, Pope Francis made a passionate appeal for peace for the people of Syria. As the people of this nation, we need to do two things (minimally.)  First, we would do well to heed Pope Francis’ appeal for prayer and fasting in an effort to secure this seemingly illusive peace in Syria.  Second, we have a short window of opportunity to appeal to our national representatives.  Please, […]

Good Friday: Humility, Obedience, Suffering Lead to Fulness of Life

Good Friday, 2013  Christ came that we might have life, and have it more abundantly.  (John 10:10 ) Christ sheds His blood for us that we might be redeemed and made sharers once again in the Life He shares with the Father.  This life that Christ shares with us comes through His humility, His obedience, and His suffering.  If we are to share fully in the life He offers, we too must be humble before God, obedient to Christ and His Church, and willing to embrace the suffering that life entails. From the cross, Christ […]

Holy Family

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family.  The life of this family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph has much to teach us.  Perhaps, the 30 “hidden years” of Jesus life in the home at Nazareth is his greatest teaching.  What do these hidden years in the life of Christ, in the life of the home of the Holy Family tell us? First, it tells us clearly that God is close!  Think of it; Jesus spent the majority of his life on earth in the life of a family!  It is here, in the […]

Seeking Jesus

Today, I am in Evanston, at St. Mary Magdalen parish, and will also celebrate Mass with the community of St. Helen in Ft. Bridger later in the morning.  There are a number of interesting lines in the readings this weekend, but the one I will offer a brief thought on, as Tuesday is election day, regards the crowd preventing Zacchaeus from seeing Jesus.  (Luke 19:1-10) We see that Zacchaeus was “seeking to see who Jesus was”, but, “he could not see him because of the crowd”.  The primary reason for this was that Zacchaeus was […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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