Tag: Conscience

God Is With Us. He Has Pitched His Tent In Our Midst.

Today’s first reading continues from the Book of Exodus. In today’s selection, we see Moses erect the Dwelling of the LORD, as God commanded.  In this Dwelling Moses placed the Ten Commandments, and the glory of the LORD filled the Dwelling.  (Exodus 40) Notice how the Ten Commandments serve for the Israelites as the very presence of God in their midst.  The stones or tablets containing the Commandments of God are treated with the utmost reverence, treated as if they are not a cold word chiseled into stone, but as a Living Word that continues […]

Confirmation in Northeast Wyoming

I have had the good fortune to spend a fair amount of time recently with our young Church. Last night 26 young people received the Sacrament of Confirmation at Corpus Christi in Newcastle. The youth were from St. Anthony in Upton, St. Matthew in Hulett and Corpus Christi in Newcastle. This group last night warmed my heart with their attention and participation during Mass.  It shows they received a very good preparation (catechesis) as well as evidence to their relationship with Christ (evangelization.)  The challenge for them and all of us in this Year of […]

Basic Practices For Growing In Holiness

During Tuesday’s Vespers Service for the new Archbishop of Denver, a Scripture passage was proclaimed that seemed to speak very clearly to the recent workings of my own interior life.  Here is the text: Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor.  Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.  (Romans 12:9-11) What is most striking in this passage is its direct and clear language.  “hate evil…hold on to what is good.”  […]

Hope For The Life Cause: History Cannot Run Counter To Conscience Forever

I recently ran across a quote on the website for Salt & Light TV, the Catholic Television Network in Canada.  It is a brilliant, hope-filled message addressed by Vaclav Havel in 1990 as he greeted John Paul II and welcomed him to Prague, Czechoslovakia shortly after that country’s liberation from Communism.  “I am not sure I know what a miracle is. In spite of this, I dare say that, at this moment, I am participating in a miracle: the man who six months ago was arrested as an enemy of the state stands here today […]

Conscience Rights

This weekend, a time-sensitive request will hopefully run in our parish bulletins. This Nationwide Bulletin Insert is seeking the active input of our Catholic population.  As most of you hopefully know by now, our U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a rule requiring almost all private health plans to cover contraception and sterilizations as “preventive services” for women.  This action is a part of implementing the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the new health care reform law). This new rule so narrowly defines religous exemption from the rule that very […]

Self-Evident Truths & Natural Law

Below is the text of the talk and prayer I gave at a prayer rally today at the State Capital building in Cheyenne in anticpation of a new legislative session.  It is very challenging to develop arguments that are faithful to our Church teaching which are “valid” in the public forum.  In this forum, any references to God, Scripture, Church teaching of any kind, are readily dismissed.  So, what follows is my first attempt to make such an argument. I welcome this opportunity to be with you today as we come together to pray for our […]

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