Tag: Year of Mercy

Greetings From Anchorage!

It has been a very exciting past two months!  As most of you know, my appointment to Anchorage began with a phone call I received on the evening of September 24th.  What ensued was a very quick transition from announcement (October 4) to installation (November 9.)  Some have indicated that probably represents some sort of world record.  I have yet to really ‘come up for air.’  Just for good measure, one of my dear friends who came for the installation ceremonies ended up getting quite ill during his visit, entering the hospital here on November […]

Year of Mercy: Holy Doors & Open Hearts

In this Year of Mercy, I know many people have had incredible experiences of receiving the Father’s Mercy and of profound encounters with Christ at deeper levels of their lives.  I hope you are taking advantage of this Jubilee Year of Mercy.  Here is just one story I wish to share with you. Someone recently made a visit to the Holy Door at the Sacred Heart Chapel in the Grand Teton National Park. When they arrived, the church was empty, and he had the place to himself. The lights were not on, so it was rather dark and […]

Holy Door For Year Of Mercy Open In Teton National Park

As this Year of Mercy progresses, we now have a Holy Door for pilgrims to visit in the western portion of the Diocese of Cheyenne. Now that the Teton National Park has reopened for the season, we were able to dedicate another Holy Door in the State of Wyoming in the beautiful Sacred Heart Chapel. I had every intention of presiding over the ceremony, but illness prevented me from being on hand, so Fr. Louis Shea got to do the honors!  A local reporter from the Jackson Hole News & Guide provided a nice story, […]

Returning To The Father; An Intimate Journey With God

Today’s first reading from the Book of Joshua finds the Israelites at the end of their 40 year journey through the desert. They have arrived on the planes of Jericho to their Promised Land. No longer feeding on manna, but upon the rich produce of this fertile land, each of which are provided them by the Providence of God. In today’s Second reading from Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians, we hear about another promise of God reaching its fulfilment; this promise is the new and eternal covenant in the person of Jesus Christ. Through […]

Year of Mercy: Deanery Retreats Scheduled

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that the Church is celebrating a Jubilee Year of Mercy.  Here is a brief description of the Year from the decree of Pope Francis: The Jubilee Year of Mercy We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the […]

Open Wide Your Hearts To Christ!

  Yesterday evening, we had a meaningful celebration at St. Mary’s Cathedral officially opening the Holy Door to the Year of Mercy.  I pray this Year of Mercy will be a source of grace moving many people to a closer relationship with Christ, and more meaningful relationships with all. I’m grateful to Mr. Tom Jacobson for providing a few photos from the event.  I hope this Holy Year provides as  much inspiration to others as it already has for me. I’m departing this morning for Rock Springs to join the local community for their annual Our Lady […]

Prayer For The Jubilee Year Of Mercy

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: “If you knew the gift of […]

A New Outlook On Life; The Jubilee Year of Mercy

Today, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Year of Mercy begins.  Our Holy Father, Pope Francis inaugurates today a central theme of his pontificate, a year dedicated to deeper understanding of the Mercy of the Father.  He calls all people of good will to use this year as a time to reflect upon the merciful love of God and expand the practice of mercy in our lives, our homes, and in the world at large. Pope Francis’ experience of God’s mercy as a young man led him to recognize his own vocation to […]

The Lord Jesus, Clement Judge

Early this week, our Holy Father, Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter entitled Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus, translated meaning The Lord Jesus, Clement Judge.  With this motu proporio, (of his own initiative) Pope Francis streamlined the process by which the Church examines and declares a marriage null.  For all matters of ecclesiastical (Church) life, the Church is guided by a comprehensive set of laws, which are known as Canon Law.  This Apostolic Letter modifies or reforms the set of laws governing the marriage review process by which the Church determines whether a marriage should be declared […]

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