BISHOP RICHARD J. SKLBA HERALD OF HOPE It was 55 years ago, namely on Nov. 21, 1964, to be exact, that the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council gathered in Saint Peter’s solemnly approved the Decree on Ecumenism. Early on, both Pope Saint John XXIII and his successor, Pope Saint Paul VI, had asked that […]
BISHOP RICHARD J. SKLBA HERALD OF HOPE Back in 2009, Cardinal Walter Kasper, past president of the Vatican’s Secretariat for promoting Christian Unity, wrote a fascinating and encouraging book entitled “Harvesting the Fruits.” Having shared and studied the many international ecumenical dialogues of Rome with major Christian Churches throughout the world, Cardinal Kasper was able […]
BISHOP RICHARD J. SKLBA New beginnings can come at unexpected moments and even catch us off guard at times. Suddenly at the end of summer, for example, the prospect of another school year inevitably has that effect, both for teachers and students. A fresh friendship or a new job creates that same impression, whether it […]
In this week’s Herald of Hope we assess our progress three weeks into this year’s Lenten journey. Is the world in which we live and to which we are sent any different or better than it was when we had those ashes imposed upon our foreheads?
So much social healing needs to be done these days. It is not only our task, but truly the work of God. So much needs to be done.
BISHOP RICHARD J. SKLBA In mid-December every year, the Wisconsin Council of Churches sponsors a two-day gathering for folks called “Denominational Leaders.” It is labeled an annual “retreat,” in the sense of providing a brief opportunity to step away from one’s desk, mail and phone, as well as daily responsibilities and worries. The focus is […]
Bishop Sklba is inspired by John Henry Newman, an important 19th century Roman Catholic theologian.
Time signals our sequence from winter into spring and then finally into summer.
Time itself is a great gift from God, limited even though given freely.
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