Lent: A good time to hit our spiritual ‘reset’ button

Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season are just a few short days away. Lent is one of my favorite times of the year because it is an opportunity for me, and for all of us, to hit our spiritual “reset” buttons. These 40 days are a time for us to refocus on “getting right” with God and others, and to convert our hearts and minds to better reflect the love of Christ.

Moving forward with hope

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, After 45 years of legalized abortion, what more can be said that hasn’t already been stated? We could take heart in the fact that the number of abortions has gone down over the years. But with the number of abortions still hovering at over 1 million each year, that…

The joy and challenge of Christmas

“I will rejoice heartily in the Lord, my being exults in my God.” — Isaiah 61:10   Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, This weekend we celebrate the third Sunday of Advent — “Gaudete Sunday” — a time to rejoice because the Lord’s coming is near. With just one more week of the Advent season…

We are sent out to proclaim the Gospel to all

“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.” — Colossians 3:14 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, World Mission Sunday began in 1926 by Pope Pius XI and was organized…

A call to an ‘adventure of love’

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, A few weeks ago, I was privileged to celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary for our annual Honoring Marriage Day event. Hundreds of couples from throughout the diocese came to celebrate milestone anniversaries, including some married for 50, 60 or more years. Their witness to their vocation…

This year, let us bring Easter light and hope to the peripheries

May this flame be found still burning by the Morning Star: the one Morning Star who never sets, Christ your Son, who, coming back from death’s domain, has shed his peaceful light on humanity, and lives and reigns for ever and ever.” — from the Easter Proclamation (Exsultet) Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, In…

Lent is chance to refocus on living as missionary disciples

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, On Ash Wednesday, when the sign of the cross is marked on our foreheads, we are reminded of our mortality and dependence on God. It is a call — a wake-up call — to repent and refocus on living as missionary disciples of Christ. I hope you are having…

Bishop’s Annual Appeal supports work of vital diocesan ministries

  Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, One of my greatest joys of being your bishop is visiting parishes around our diocese for confirmations, festivals and other special events. I am grateful to see your faithful witness to the church and for all you do to build up the Body of Christ. Our Catholic faith…

Mother Teresa embodied true compassion for sick, dying

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Some of the most memorable photos of Mother Teresa are those in which the saint is offering comfort to the poor, the ill and the elderly. In those images, she looks intently at the people, holding their hand or offering a healing touch. At that moment, no one was…

May Christmas foster peace and solidarity in our hearts

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, We are nearing the end of the Advent season, a time of waiting and preparing for the coming of Christ as a baby in the manger at Bethlehem and also for his second coming at the end of time. The church encourages us to use these weeks before Christmas…