Tag: Witness

Gospel Joy: Following & Pointing To Christ

This Third Sunday of Advent is traditionally known as Guadete Sunday.  As we progress in the Advent season, we are to rejoice at the approach of our Savior. Today’s readings focus our attention on John the Baptist, who pointed the way to Christ, and serves as a model of how we are to discover the Gospel Joy of doing the same. Last Sunday we heard that “the word of God came to John.”  (Luke 3: 2)  This ‘encounter’ for the Baptist became the defining moment of his life.  I reflected last week that even for […]

The Encounter With Christ; Compelling, Continuous, Contagious

Yesterday, St. Andrew’s Parish in Eagle River celebrated their 50th Anniversary as a parish. Coincidently, their pastor, Archbishop-Emeritus Schwietz is celebrating next month his 50th anniversary as a priest! To say the least, we had a lovely Mass and celebration! The Gospel for Mass, Matthew 4: 18-22 recalled Jesus walking along the Sea of Galilee and calling Andrew to follow him, along with his brother Peter and two other brothers, James and John. What happened in this encounter with Jesus that caused Andrew to leave his familiar surroundings to follow Jesus? This question is great […]

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 […]

Called To Discipleship & Witnesses

During the month of June, we will conclude another Easter Season with the celebration of Pentecost, followed by some major Solemnities: Holy Trinity, Corpus Christi (The Body & Blood of The Lord); the Sacred Heart of Jesus, The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, and Saints Peter & Paul. That is quite a line-up for any month of the year! These great liturgical celebrations speak to us of the importance in our lives of discipleship (following Jesus) and witness (being heralds of the Gospel). Jesus shares his life with us not only that we may […]

Thanks Sr. Ruth Ann Hehn, SCL

With great joy and gratitude, people gathered today with Sr. Ruth Ann Hehn at Holy Trinity for Mass and a luncheon to celebrate her retirement as Administrator of Holy Trinity Manor. For twenty-six years she faithfully shared with the manor residents the love of Jesus Christ. Sr. Ruth Ann is a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas.  Her religious community professes a vision that embraces the charisms of Saints Vincent, Louise and Mother Xavier. Those charisms live vibrantly in Sister as a disciple who truly loves the poor and chooses to live simply as a child of God. […]

The Priesthood of the Baptized; Be Salt and Light to the World

Today’s readings in many ways pick up where last Sunday’s celebration of the Presentation left off.  Last week we heard Simeon proclaim that his eyes have seen the Lord’s promise of salvation … a light to reveal you to the nations.  Jesus Christ is this Light of the world, as proclaimed again in today’s Gospel antiphon. Today’s first reading from Isaiah (Chapter 58) calls to mind the manner in which we will be judged on the last day (Matthew 25).  We are called to share our bread with the hungry give shelter to the oppressed and […]

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 […]

On Human Dignity and Courage

Our Mass readings this week from the Second Book of Maccabees grant more scriptural basis of the true nature of the human person rooted in their relationship with God.  As Eleazar faces the threat of death should he not abandon the faith for the pagan practices of a new regime, he reflects upon this “life giving” Origin of his own life: he declared that above all he would be loyal to the holy laws given by God. Even if, for the time being, I avoid the punishment of men, I shall never, whether alive or […]

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