Tag: Family

The Smell Of The … Horses

Most of you are familiar with the often quoted phrase of Pope Francis that the good shepherd needs to have the smell of his sheep. Well, this shepherd had the opportunity to spend Monday with some of his flock, er, ranchers on horseback in the mountain rounding up the last of the cattle in preparation for fall shipping. There is no better way to understand the day-to-day life of my people than to spend time with them in their natural surroundings and simply visiting with them and listening to their stories, and literally ‘sitting in […]

The Greatest Gift Of All; Our Salvation

Yesterday, a nice group of people gathered at the Miles Land Ranch southwest of Casper for the second annual Rural Life Mass and celebration.  I’m very grateful to the three ranch families that sponsored this year’s gathering; Jim & Peggy Price, Randy & Vernita Marton, and Roy & Kathleen Jarrard.  They did a super job from planning, preparation to welcoming all of our guests, and the clean up was well underway by the end of the day.  Their hospitality was incredible! All pics can be viewed here. I would judge from the number of cowboy hats […]

All Are Called To Be Good Samaritans

Today’s Gospel from St. Luke (10: 25-37) is one of Jesus’ great instructions regarding practical and concrete love. With the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus develops the Greatest Commandment, to love God with your whole heart and your neighbor as yourself. Authentic love draws one out of self into relationship; with God and with others. It is not possible to truly love God without a concrete exercise of charity in our relationships. St. James says as much: “Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my […]

Let’s Hear It For The Family!

Today, the First Sunday of the Christmas Season, the Church celebrates the Holy Family.  The many depictions of the birth of Christ, surrounded by Mary and Joseph, and all the other members of the Christmas story tell us that all families find their true center and identity in Christ. Hopefully, you are enjoying some time with family during this Christmas season.  I am blessed with the family that is entrusted to me as a bishop, the People of God of the Diocese of Cheyenne.  I always enjoy the Midnight Mass celebration in the Cathedral.  It […]

Generations & Generations; Give Thanks For Family

Today, the Church begins the Christmas story in the Gospel of Matthew. Incidentally, today is also the birthday of Pope Francis.  Happy Birthday, Holy Father!  The use of the O Antiphons begin with evening prayer this evening, as our Novena for Christmas begins. Each day from now to Christmas, with each Gospel reading, we will draw nearer to the account of the birth of Jesus. Matthew begins his Gospel with a genealogy of Jesus, beginning with the Patriarch, Abraham.  Matthew calls Jesus the “son of David, the son of Abraham.” (1:1) because Jesus is the […]

Rural Women: Invaluable and Irreplaceable

One of the greatest privileges of being a bishop in a rural diocese has been my ability to witness the incredible sacrifices people make to ensure their family, their farm, and their community thrive. Wyoming is a great and beautiful state, but there are many factors here—from harsh weather to the remoteness of rural areas—that present challenges to living in the countryside. Hollywood suggests that “rugged individualism,” captured by someone who is strong, silent, and set apart, is the necessary characteristic for “making it” in the countryside. But I’ve found that the opposite is true. […]

Travels and Tales

Indiana Catholic Men’s Conference Last Friday I started a ten day road trip. I flew into Indianapolis, where I gave a talk and presided over Mass and a Holy Hour for the Indiana Catholic Men’s Conference. Well over 600 men gathered from around the state at the Indianapolis Convention Center.  It was good to see numerous former parishioners as well as men who are presently parishioners of my two brother priests in the Diocese of Evansville.  We celebrated Mass at St. John’s which is right across the street from the Convention Center. It was quite […]

Today’s Homily From Pope Francis

In final preach of this pastoral visit to the United States, Pope Francis encourages us to be prophets of the joy of the Gospel; prophets of the family, of the love of the family, as disciples of Christ. Today the word of God surprises us with powerful and thought-provoking images. Images which challenge us, but also stir our enthusiasm. In the first reading, Joshua tells Moses that two members of the people are prophesying, speaking God’s word, without a mandate. In the Gospel, John tells Jesus that the disciples had stopped someone from casting out […]

September Institute On Marriage, Family And Vocations A Huge Success

For a change of pace this year’s September Institute was held in Laramie, rather than Casper.  Though attendance was down slightly this year from previous institutes, the energy and information were above par.  For a complete tour of the three day event, you may view pictures here, courtesy of our Stewardship and Development Director, Mr. Matt Potter. There are many benefits to gathering the clergy and pastoral leadership of the diocese, but I would like to reflect on just a few.  First of all, it serves as a great way to strengthen the bonds that […]

Labor Day and the Dignity of Human Work

On this Labor Day, we give thanks to God for the dignity of human labor.  Think of the many families that are supported through the labor of individuals.  I remember well the life my family had due to the hard work of my father, and of the loving care of our home and family by my mother.  We did not have a lot, and we did not take fancy vacations, but what we had were lots of good memories as a family. Each of us children had our own chores to perform as well.  On […]

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