We are nearing the end of the Advent season, a time of waiting and preparing for the coming of Christ as a baby in the manger at Bethlehem and also for his second coming at the end of time.
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.
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.
I have wondered, “What can I do — what can we do — as a Catholic community in central Minnesota to honor the memory of the victims and to be instruments of mercy and peace in our world?”
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 […]
“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 […]