Genuine ecumenical dialogue can never be fruitful merely through contrasting newspaper articles without personal conversation on a face to face level. The written word alone, without the opportunity to explain in person what is said and why in a back and forth discussion, can result of cementing opposition rather than advancing mutual understanding of God’s […]
As I mentioned before, the experience of an entire Lent on Patmos Island without full participation in the Eucharist provided an occasion for much thought on my part. The importance of the Eucharist for daily life, and its value as a regular spiritual “exercise” for the entire community became increasingly clear. Spiritual writers, for example, […]
Let me tell you, spending virtually this year’s entire season of Lent on the Greek Isle of Patmos, in an environment completely Greek Orthodox in culture, language and piety, was an extraordinary and memorable experience. Among other things, my Lent’s unique discipline this year included fasting from the Eucharist! I was probably the only token […]
The story was a very dramatic one. After the apostle Paul had been driven out of the city of Lystra in what is now central Turkey, he was stoned and left for dead (Acts 14:19). When his grieving disciples and colleagues gathered around, he revived, caught his breath and (much to my shock, I must admit) resolutely went back into the same town to continue proclaiming the good news of Christ’s death and resurrection.
There he attracted a considerable number of disciples before retracing his steps back to his home base of Antioch. The witness of his ability to welcome hardship apparently made a difference.
We’ve finally entered the 2011 Season of Lent and the lateness of this year’s cycle brings us into overlap with the annual tax deadline. For those of us slackers who wait longer than we should to do all the tedious calculations each year, the looming date of the Ides of April is always a bit […]
For many years I have been privileged to be a member of the writing team which has contributed to this column, always under the banner headline of “Herald of Hope.”
The “heralds” are in fact many within our Catholic community of southeastern Wisconsin, certainly far more numerous than the few authors of this weekly column in our Catholic Herald over the years! Every one of us as members of Christ’s Body, the church, is a herald of hope.
During the season of Advent we deepen our sense of God as King of the Universe and Lord of History. This double focus begins with belief in the God who uses all the currents of human history to further his plans for the ultimate salvation of the whole world. Not only deeds (and misdeeds) of […]
As the holidays approach, we look forward to many family gatherings. Thanksgiving and Christmas are occasions for going to Grandma’s house and seeing parts of the family we never seem to see otherwise. We certainly look forward to being with friends and folks whom we admire and love. We also can dread being with edgy […]
For Catholics the month of November has traditionally been a time to remember the poor souls. It is the season to realize that in Christ we are destined for life with God forever, that virtually every human being requires some purification in order to be fully embraced by God’s loving mercy and that we are bound together in Christ by the mystery we call the “Communion of Saints.”
Four events experienced recently have highlighted this wonderful mystery of our faith in a new way for me this year.
Oct. 18, 2010 This morning’s formal announcement that the Holy Father has accepted my resignation from my administrative responsibilities as Auxiliary Bishop (in accordance with canon 401, paragraph 1) offers the opportunity for an immediate expression of my deep gratitude to God for the opportunity to serve God’s people here in southeastern Wisconsin in this […]