Tag: Unity

Church As The Barque Of Christ

When I was introduced as the new Coadjutor Archbishop of Seattle, one of the Auxiliary Bishops gave me a book to read titled The Boys In The Boat, by Daniel James Brown. The book is about the young men who made up the rowing team for the University of Washington and went on to win gold in Berlin during the 1936 Olympics. It is a story of individuals, grit and determination, life, overcoming adversity, and the requisite ability to come together as a cohesive unit to work together as a team. In many ways, as […]

Mass of Thanksgiving & Farewell: Preaching the Truth & Living the Love of Christ

After spending a few hours of fraternity with the priests of the Archdiocese of Anchorage, a church full of people gathered at the Co-Cathedral for a Mass of Thanksgiving.  Below is the homily. I hope tomorrow to add some video and pictures (added below). Homily for Mass of Thanksgiving & FarewellCo-Cathedral, AnchorageMay 29, 2019 Readings: Acts of the Apostles 17:15, 22-18:1, John 16:12-15 It seems like just yesterday we were gathered here for an Installation ceremony, or for the imposition of the Pallium. And yet, here we are just two and a half short years […]

Each Person, Each Member of the Body of Christ Is A Gift

It is late April as I write this column. Our Listening Sessions (nearly complete, with three to go), are revealing many things. I am hearing about the many challenges we face as church, a wide variety of perspectives, some hope and gratitude, and a fair amount of frustration and disappointment. One individual summarized these sessions as expressing a deep hunger. I concur. The Church is one, big family. As our creed says, we believe in ONE, holy, catholic, apostolic church. Sadly, she is not necessarily one, big, happy family. Like every human family, our church […]

Chrism Mass: The Priority of Christ; Christ’s Priorities

Chrism Mass Homily Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral March 21, 2018 There are fundamental realities of the church that we celebrate tonight; The priority of Christ in his Church, and the life of Christ at work in the Church through the bishop, priests, and all those who are members of the Church through baptism. Here is what the Roman Pontifical says about the significance of the Chrism Mass: (please listen closely, as this will be a long quote.) The Bishop is to be looked on as the High Priest of his flock. The life in Christ of […]

Humility, Loving Service, Unity

Our readings this weekend are about humility and gentleness in the manner in which we live our faith. Even though we do not hear from the Prophet Micah this weekend, his words echo in my heart: To act justly, to love tenderly, to walk humbly with your God. It is important to look to Christ as our model.  He, as God, humbled himself to come to earth, and take on our human condition.  Without abandoning his Divinity, he took on our humanity.  He came to reveal to humanity the reality of God, and he did […]

Members Of Church Belong To Something Far Greater Than Local Parish

During the June Pilgrimage to Rome, I was aware of many graces, not the least of which is the unity that we share as one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. This truth was represented in a small way by the group that travelled with me, from the various places of my life and ministry – Indiana, Wyoming, and Alaska; and in its fullness as the new Archbishops from around the world celebrated Mass with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square. The universality of the Church is a beautiful mystery and reality, one that calls us […]

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 […]

Lent: The Church’s Annual Retreat

Now that another Lenten journey has begun I am ready for this annual moment of grace and renewal, and pray you are as well. St. Paul in the second reading at today’s Mass encourages us to “be reconciled to God.” That in a nutshell sums up the call of this penitential season. I know my own life has been filled with so many new demands, and it is nice to have a formal season of the Church call me back to the basics of the spiritual life, which are at the service of a life […]

The Cause Of Our Thanksgiving

As this national day of giving thanks dawns, I reflect upon the first reading from St. Paul for today’s Mass of Thanksgiving. St. Paul gets to the heart of it when he says: I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Corinthians 1:4) In a world that seems to be living at a more superficial level, it is good to be reminded of the Priority of God as the creator of all life and Jesus Christ our savior. In a world that knows much division, we […]

Day Of Prayer For Peace: Love Conquers All Things

Only Love Conquers All Things With tomorrow’s approach of the Day Of Prayer For Peace In Our Communities, I wish to share with you a recent article written for our Diocesan Newspaper.  Though the article was written before Archbishop Kurtz called for this day of prayer, it still seems to strike the right tone, and the message is in harmony with how to go about breaking down the barriers that divide us as a human family.  May God give us the grace to be builders of peace and unity. Please join me for Mass this Friday, […]

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