The season of autumn is a favorite of mine, and I think for many others, as well. The changes in the colors of the leaves and the crisp air certainly give way to a clear understanding that the time of the harvest is upon us. I do so enjoy driving through the archdiocese and seeing […]
I have just had the great opportunity of spending last week in the Eternal City. While I only lived in Rome for a few short years, it has engrained its charm and character deep in my heart and touched my soul. There is so much about our beloved church that thrives magnificently in Rome, as […]
I notice many things when folks come to Mass. Most people are reverent, entering the church quietly, blessing themselves with holy water and genuflecting before they enter the pew.
A few are really quick to come in and jump into the last pews trying, no doubt, to fulfill the Scriptural promise that the “last shall be first”– to leave.
Among the various kinds of people who come to Mass, I enjoy the parents with little children. It is, of course, a challenge to bring children to Mass – from start to finish. But what a joy it is to watch parents teach their children, helping them to take holy water, patiently guiding their little hands to bless themselves correctly, and offering that last bit of parental “advice” to behave nicely in church.
I have been hearing great news from the Archdiocese of Chicago and the dioceses of Joliet and Rockford concerning new programs to call Catholics back to active participation in their faith and to regularly attend Sunday Mass. This is inspiring news for all of us since it gives us in our Archdiocese of Milwaukee a […]
It has been six months since Archbishop Dolan left Milwaukee for the bright lights of Broadway. I thought you might be wondering how things are going in the archdiocese these days. So this is just a little update based on the six pastoral priorities Archbishop Dolan set for the archdiocese five years ago this fall. I have not added any new things to the mix. It is my job to maintain the direction set by Archbishop Dolan until the pope appoints his successor. But in looking again at these six priorities, I believe our new archbishop will be pleased with the direction we have taken to focus our pastoral work in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
In the past few weeks I have been coming to learn the intricacies of the archdiocese in my new ministry as archdiocesan administrator. As you probably know by now, the College of Consultors elected me to this position on April 20. The task of any administrator is to maintain order and direction in the ordinary […]
This column in our Catholic newspaper gives Bishop Sklba and me a great chance to promote those aspects of our faith that are signs of hope and consolation for all of our readers and for so many who share the values we treasure. In this Year for Priests, Pope Benedict XVI has opened up a number of ways for us to encounter the church and especially to encounter the church through the ministry and lives of priests.
The church’s teaching concerning the communion of saints is a great consolation for us as Catholics. St. Paul himself instructs us right from the dawn of the church’s activity: “You are God’s chosen race, his saints: he loves you, and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience.” (Col. 3:12ff) The call to sanctity is truly the universal call to holiness in Jesus Christ. This, of course, happens definitively and authentically in the Catholic Church by our union with Christ in the love of the Father and the power of the Holy Spirit through the sacraments. Every Sunday we proclaim our belief in the communion of saints when we profess our faith (Nicene Creed) at the Mass.
Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI reminds us as we begin this holy season of Lent: “The central mystery of our vocation is the same as that to which Lent is leading, namely, the death and Resurrection of the Lord.”
The pope reminds us that Lent forms, as it were, a great spiritual exercise to prepare for the celebration of the great Paschal Mystery and to deepen our awareness of it. A retreat is our way of going into training to become a better Christian. In the same way that walking and running are a means of exercising the body, a retreat is a spiritual exercise that prepares the soul to make an ever better response to what we have received.