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More On Human Dignity

The first reading for today’s Mass comes from the Prophet Ezekiel (16:1-15, 60, 63).  I find it highly symbolic of our origin in God and the dignity bestowed upon us by God.  Sacred Scriptures are such a gift, revealing God’s eternal love and plan.  Yes, we believe the Sacred Scriptures are divinely inspired and authoritative. God instructed the Prophet Ezekiel to speak to the inhabitants of Jerusalem about their infidelity.  The prophet does so by telling a story of the birth and life of a woman.  From this story we learn that our origin is […]

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 […]

Faith & Love; The Foundation Of The Church

  aints Peter and Paul, known for their faith in Christ and their love for the Church, we honor with today’s Solemnity in their names. Saint Peter knew Christ during his earthly life and ministry.  He listened to Christ preach, watched as he healed the sick, observed his compassion for sinners of all stripes, and was witness to his resurrection.  Saint Peter was the first of the Apostles to give expression to the faith: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”  (Matthew 16:16) Saint Paul came to know Christ by the grace […]

Ordained A Priest 24 Years Today

My day has been filled with many fond memories, and my heart is filled with much gratitude.  Twenty Four years ago today, I was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Archbishop O’Meara, Archbishop of Indianapolis, died in January, 1992, and we were still without an archbishop.  Bishop Gettelfinger, a former priest from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, was asked to be the ordaining prelate.  Bishop Gettelfinger would go on to ordain two of my brothers for his own diocese as priests for Evansville, Indiana. If memory serves me well, July 11, 1992, it was announced […]

Sacred Heart Of Jesus; God So Loved The World

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  It is celebrated on the Friday after the Octave of the feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and  Blood of Christ. The origins of today’s great celebration go back at least as far as 1670, when the devotion was celebrated by St. John Eudes in Rennes, France.  The devotion spread even further after the visions received by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647 – 1690).  From this time, France regularly maintained the celebration of the Sacred Heart, until Pope Pius IX extended the celebration to […]

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

As the Church celebrates today’s Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, it is an opportunity for us to be mindful of what a precious gift we have in the Eucharist.  In the world there are always challenges and problems, but we are never alone.  We have a God who loves us far more than we can ever imagine. The God whose love cannot be contained, out of love created all things, and in time chose to enter so fully into the world that he took on our human condition, becoming one like […]

Come To The Lord; Take Courage, Jesus Is Calling You

Both of today’s readings are great reminders to come to Jesus and to remain in him. Today’s Gospel recalls another journey of Jesus, this time he is passing through Jericho with his disciples.  Sitting along the side of the road is a blind man, Bartimaeus.  The man, hearing that Jesus is passing by, begins crying out: “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” (Mark 10:47)  He has such faith that he knows and believes Jesus can heal him.  He has such humility, he does not care who hears him cry out in his need. Jesus […]

God Is A Relationship Of Love; God Desires Relationships Of Love

There is a pious story about St. Augustine walking along a beach one day pondering and reflecting on the Trinity. He encounters a young child digging a hole in the sand. Repeatedly, the child walks to the ocean, fills a small pail with water, and returns to the hole where he dumps the water. When asked by St. Augustine what he is doing, the child casually explains that he is putting the ocean into the hole. St. Augustine laughs and tells the child he could never do such a thing in a million years. The […]

The Blood of Jesus Reveals the Secret of God’s Heart; God Loves Us Beyond Measure.

Pictures from today’s service may be seen here. GOOD FRIDAY HOMILY ST. MARY CATHEDRAL, CHEYENNE BISHOP PAUL D. ETIENNE, DD, STL Our Triduum continues today. Jesus spent the early part of the night in prayer with his disciples. During the night, Judas brought those who will arrest Jesus to a place Jesus treasured; a place where Jesus developed his relationship with his disciples, where they prayed together, and rested from their journeys; the garden of Gethsemane. In this garden where the disciples came to know Jesus as the Son of God, the moment has arrived […]

The Easter Triduum Has Begun

To view pictures from this evening, click here. MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER, 2016 CATHEDRAL OF ST. MARY; CHEYENNE MOST REVEREND PAUL D. ETIENNE, DD, STL With this Mass, we begin our celebration of the Easter Triduum, which recalls the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. At the heart of the Triduum is the cross, with its culmination being the resurrection on Easter Sunday, celebrated in all of its brilliance on Holy Saturday night. In essence, the celebrations over the next three days are all parts of one long Liturgy, just as […]

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