Healing the wounds of violence and division

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Shock. Sadness. Frustration. Like many of you, I have felt a range of emotions over the last 10 days in the wake of the shootings in Dallas, Baton Rouge and right here in Minnesota. The violent loss of life, no matter the circumstance, is always a tragedy. I ask…

Prayer, love, mercy are best response to Orlando shootings

  Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Over the last several days, I have been praying for the victims of the horrific mass shooting in Orlando and for their loved ones who must cope with this senseless act of violence. I have felt a range of emotions: shock, sadness and anger. But I have also…

‘The Joy of Love’: Accompanying families on their journey of faith

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, A few weeks ago, Pope Francis released an important document on the family, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), reflecting the discussion that occurred at the 2014 and 2015 synods of bishops on the family. The pope convened those gatherings because he believes strongly that healthy families are essential…

Risen Christ is source of our hope, even in difficult times

  “Our soul waits for the Lord, he is our help and shield. For in him our hearts rejoice; in his holy name we trust. May your mercy, Lord, be upon us; as we put our hope in you.” — Psalm 33:20-22 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Earlier this month, St. Mary Church in…

Building up the kingdom of God

“Whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”   — 1 Corinthians 10:31 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, This weekend, I will be spending the day with hundreds of men from across the Diocese of St. Cloud for the annual Catholic Men’s Conference. In addition to celebrating Mass together, we will listen to…

Witnessing to nonviolence and the sanctity of life

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion in our nation. Almost 58 million unborn children have lost their lives in the wake of this tragic ruling, and millions of women and men have been wounded in various ways from their involvement in…

Reflecting the light of Christ this Christmas

“O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.” — O Antiphon of Advent We will experience the longest night of the year in just a few days — on Dec. 21, the winter solstice. For ancient people who…

This Advent, bring Christ’s love, mercy to a world in need

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The world continues to mourn with the people of France after the murder of so many innocent people in Paris one week ago. As Pope Francis said, such violence and hatred is an affront to the dignity of the human person and can never be justified, whether it’s in…

Extending ‘the circles of Christ’s love throughout our world’

This year, in every nation on earth, World Mission Sunday will be observed on the weekend of Oct. 17-18. The message for this year is “Our World on Mission,” and it is a call to put our faith and our lives into loving action. It is recognizing and acknowledging, as Pope Francis stated, that “being…