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Installation As Coadjutor Archbishop of Seattle: “Do You Love Me? Yes, Lord, You Know That I Love You.”

Well, friends, it has been quite a day! Before calling it a day, I wish to share with you the homily from today’s Mass of Reception at St. James Cathedral. I am now duly installed as the Coadjutor Archbishop of Seattle. Many thanks to Archbishop Sartain, Archbishop Pierre, Fr. Ryan and all who put together a marvelous celebration. Readings: Friday, 7th Week of Easter – Jeremiah 1:4-9, Acts 25:13-21; John 21:15-19 “Do you Love me?” Saints Peter & Paul & Blessed Mother Mary as Icons of Love Good afternoon! Archbishop Sartain, Bishops Elizondo and Muggenburg. […]

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 […]

Solemnity of Saints Peter & Paul – Blessing of Palliums

Each day of this pilgrimage has been packed from early till late, leaving only precious sleeping hours for blogging – thus the site has been quiet since our arrival on Sunday, other than a brief word of gratitude Tuesday for 25 years of priestly life and ministry. I continue to be impressed with the tenacity and good disposition of all our pilgrims (Team Pallium.  We have had 90+ degree heat each day we have been here, and we have done a great deal of walking.  Today’s Mass was outside also, but we were blessed with […]

Jesus The Great Integrator

Last week I spent three days in St. Paul on the campus of the University of St. Thomas, at the Center for Catholic Studies, with a very talented group of people exploring the serious possibility of beginning an Institute on Integral Ecology. The genius behind this idea is Dr. Christopher Thompson. (pictured next to me, front row, in the photo) Last June, Pope Francis published a beautiful encyclical On Care For Our Common Home, in which he makes a clear case for an integral ecology and the need for greater care of God’s creation. Recent research […]

Faith & Love; The Foundation Of The Church

  aints Peter and Paul, known for their faith in Christ and their love for the Church, we honor with today’s Solemnity in their names. Saint Peter knew Christ during his earthly life and ministry.  He listened to Christ preach, watched as he healed the sick, observed his compassion for sinners of all stripes, and was witness to his resurrection.  Saint Peter was the first of the Apostles to give expression to the faith: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”  (Matthew 16:16) Saint Paul came to know Christ by the grace […]

UNITY: Jesus’ desire for the Church and for all

Jesus’ address to his apostles the night before he was handed over is a beautiful discourse on the Trinity.  He speaks in his own mysterious way of the love that exists between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  He does so in relationship to how this internal mystery of God is shared with all of us through him and through his gift of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus through the Incarnation comes into the world to accomplish the deep desire of God to draw every person into the ‘unity’ that exists between the three […]

All Saints & All Souls; Eternity Is Our Goal

As I write, the Solemnity of All Saints is drawing to a close and the eve of All Souls quickly draws near. These two great celebrations call to mind one of my favorite quotes of Bl. Cardinal Newman: Life is short. Death is certain. Eternity is long. It is good to turn our thoughts to eternity; to heaven. St. Paul said as much when he taught: Since you have been raised up to new life in Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is seated at God’s right hand. […]

We Are God’s Servants; Sent As Witnesses Into The World

As the Church today recalls the two Apostles, Simon and Jude, we take heart that the apostles were sent to introduce the world to Jesus Christ. As the first apostles were chosen by Christ, so each of us is chosen by Him. As the first apostles were given the power of the Holy Spirit, so are we through Baptism and Confirmation.  As they were sent to proclaim the Good News, so are we. We look at what God’s grace has accomplished since the time of the first Apostles.  Just about every corner of the world […]

Every Person Capable Of Knowing Christ

Today the Church recalls the profession of faith of St. Peter, by which Peter takes his place in the rank of apostles as the first among equals.  So powerful is this profession of faith that Christ used it as the foundation upon which He would build a Church.  Not by coincidence, the first reading of today’s Mass is from the Prophet Jeremiah (31: 31-34) where the Prophet informs the people that God will make a new covenant with the people of Israel. A new covenant is necessary, because the people have been unfaithful to the first […]

Religious Liberty; Rooted In Dignity Of The Human Person

As our Fortnight For Freedom progresses this summer, today seems an appropriate moment to reflect upon the innate freedom of every human person to give expression to their relationship with God.  Today the Church celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist.  We read in Sacred Scripture that this birth was announced to Zechariah by an angel of the Lord. The angel even goes so far as to describe the life mission of John.  (Luke 1: 525) The Sacred Scriptures give plenty of other evidence that we are all created by God, from the foundation […]

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