Tag: St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine Of Siena; If She Were To Write Someone Discerning Their Vocation Today

As this readership already knows, this bishop has a great devotion to St. Catherine of Siena, whose feast we celebrate today.  She wrote many people during her short but very active life, and each of her letters were replete with rich doctrine.  Very often her letters were means of encouraging people in their own faith journey. Today, I wrote a young man who asked me some time ago to pray for his vocation.  I decided that this feast of St. Catherine would be a good time to write him. Modelling my letter on one of […]

Women The First Witnesses To The Resurrection: Mary Magdalen A Model of Discipleship

In these first days of Easter, the Gospel stories remind us of the women who kept vigil at the tomb.  These women were the first to discover the tomb empty, and the first ones to whom the Risen Jesus appeared.  Before the Church moves on in this Easter season to other witnesses to the resurrection, please allow me to share a reflection of St. Catherine of Siena on Mary Magdalen: The dear Magdalen … thought no more of herself but with true heart clothed herself in Christ crucified.  She no longer turned to prestige or […]

God’s Mercy In The Person Of Jesus Is The Standard Of The New Covenant

On this 5th Sunday of Lent, we hear another familiar Gospel story of the adulterous woman brought before Jesus.  In usual fashion, Jesus is drawing crowds to hear him teach.  It is in this setting of Jesus teaching the crowds that the scribes and Pharisees drag a woman caught in adultery to challenge Jesus’ understanding of the Mosaic law. Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery.  Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.  So what do you say? A key to how Jesus will respond is […]

Lent: Renew The Trajectory Of Life

With the Parish Mission at Holy Family parish in St. Petersburg now complete, I would like to share some of the insights I gained. First, I’m reminded once again of Jesus’ teaching that every time we take the opportunity to give of ourselves, whether in ministry or in relationships, we always receive in return more than we give. This is primarily the truth of Psalm 126 when it teaches: “They go out, they go out, full of tears, carrying seed for the sowing: they come back, they come back, full of song, carrying their sheaves.” These past […]

Touching the Wounds of Jesus

Almost everyday, we encounter some form of road block or difficulty related to our work, or state in life and or vocation.  Our Christian tradition tells us such will be the case for one who follows Jesus.  Our ‘language’ for this is typically: “Take up your cross” or “Offer it up.” When we speak about the cross and its role in the Christian life we immediately think of suffering.  Suffering is seldom something we desire to embrace.  The topic itself can often be treated with a deaf ear.  Recently, a particular grace was offered to […]

Culture Crisis Requires A Faith Response

I field a fairly regular question these days, and it goes something like this: “Bishop, what are the bishops going to do about…the HHS Mandate, or the recent Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act, or religious liberty, or about the growing support for same sex marriage?”  Obviously, there is no simple or immediate answer to such questions, but it begs a broader base of responsibility than the bishops alone. First, it is important to know that the Bishop’s Conference has taken a very strong, public stance on a number of fronts, especially […]

Feast of St. Catherine: Urgency Of Discipleship

 Today is the Feast of one of my favorite saints, Saint Catherine of Siena.  There is a statue near Castle San Angelo in Rome that beautifully represents St. Catherine’s ‘urgency’ to accomplish God’s will; God’s work for the ‘salvation of souls.’  (see picture to the left) There are many things I admire about this great saint of the 14th century.  First and foremost is her love for God and her great desire to live passionately her love for Christ.  She had several names for Jesus, perhaps the one she used most in her writings was […]

Lent: Classes From The School Of The Cross

 In her Dialogue, God speaks to St. Catherine: “In so knowing me the soul catches fire with unspeakable love, which in turn brings continual pain.”  These words appear in the opening section of St. Catherine of Siena’s The Dialogue.  They seem a good starting point for our Lenten journey.  In so knowing me…  As the title of the book indicates, The Dialogue is a description of the mystical experiences of St. Catherine in her relationship with God.  Thus, the first phrase of our meditation is about coming to know God.  Yes, it is possible to […]

Life: Origins in the Trinity

St. Paul in his Letter to the Ephesians teaches: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world…”  This is perhaps one of the clearest Scriptural teachings that the Author of life is God, through the Word, Jesus Christ.  St. Catherine of Siena must have been profoundly aware of this text when she teaches about the generative Love of God.  In her Dialogue, St. Catherine reveals this prolific […]

20 Years Ago…

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of my Deacon Ordination in St. Peter’s Basilica. Providentially, I have the grace to be back in the Eternal City to mark this occasion. Yesterday was the first day in Rome.  After arriving at the North American College, I spent some time in the Blessed Sacrament chapel where many hours were spent as a seminarian, prayerfully discerning and listening to the voice of the Lord as He lead me to His altar of Priesthood.  There is a beautiful image of the Good Shepherd on the door of the tabernacle in this chapel, […]

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