This year’s elections were the most contentious I’ve experienced in my lifetime. The presidential race in particular shined a spotlight on the deep divides that exist in our nation. These divisions — over issues such as race, economic disparities and immigration — have been festering for a long time.
World Mission Sunday is a great way for everyone to help support the Catholic faithful whom we journey with, serve and minister to, and to recognize their individual call to be united in mercy with one another and help build the body of Christ throughout the world.
We modern-day disciples face many challenges when it comes to voting and living out our civic responsibilities. We live in a political environment often marked by strident partisanship, negative campaigning and simplistic sound bites. We may feel politically homeless because candidates and political parties fail to embrace a vision of society consistent with the Gospel — a vision that respects everyone’s God-given human dignity and helps build a world in which every person can reach their full potential.
As a priest and bishop, an important part of my ministry is to bring unity between people and God as well as strive to unite people in the community.
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.
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 […]
“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 Melrose […]
“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 […]
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Lent will be here soon, beginning on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10. The Lenten season is a time when the church calls us to deepen our prayer lives, practice fasting and give added attention to doing good works. These things strengthen us as we walk the path of Christian conversion […]
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 […]