Love for God & Family

Here is a great quote from Pope Francis on the family…

“The family is a great training ground for the mutual giving and forgiving without which no love can last for long. Without self-giving and seeking forgiveness love does not last, it does not endure.”

This quote came from a General Audience Pope Francis had on November 4, 2015, but it is still very relevant for our lives today. These ideas of self-giving and forgiveness put into practice are ways that a family can grow in love for each other and deeper with our Lord.

May our families and our collective family of the Church always be places for enduring love.

May God Bless us.

Made In His Image to Love

We are made in the image and likeness of God and through the grace of God we have a share in his very life. For those reasons the Word resounds with us.

"The Lord said to Moses, 'Speak to the Israelite community and tell them: Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy.'"

"Brothers and sisters: Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Holy Spirit dwells in you?"

"So be perfect, just as your Heavenly Father is perfect."

May the desire for holiness be strong in us.

May we learn how to love others, whether or not we receive love from them, so that we can have a share in the perfect love of the Heavenly Father.

May God bless us.

Archbishop's Call to Share

Thank you for all who have made a gift or pledge to the Archbishop’s Call to Share 2019. It is through your generosity that the Archdiocese continues to be able to offer a variety of ministries throughout Northeast Kansas and is able to spread the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all. If you have not given yet please continue to pray about a gift you could make this year to the Call to Share. May God Bless you.

Children of Light

"Receive the light of Christ."

"This child of yours has been enlightened by Christ. They are to walk always as a child of the light.

May they keep the flame of faith alive in their heart."

The sentences above are part of the prayers that accompany the lighted candle given to children at their baptism. The prayers remind us of the Gospel passage today.

"You are the light of the world....Just so, your light must shine before others,

that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father."

A life of faith is a life that is different, as different as light is to darkness. The difference comes in the graces that are poured out to us in our baptism. The Lord did not light the flame of faith in our hearts just for our own sake, but so that we can share the gift with others.

May our good deeds be a light shining brightly out into the world. May God Bless You.

A Universal Church

One of the reasons I love our Catholic faith is that we are Catholic (universal). I take comfort in being able to travel the local area, the US, and the world knowing I will be able to find a Catholic Church to worship at with the same Mass I would be worshipping with at home. Pope Benedict XVI in his book called to communion explains the role of the Bishop in this communion.

"Just as he opens the local Church to the universal Church, he also introduces into the universal Church the particular voice of his diocese, its particular charisms, its assets and afflictions. Everything belongs to everyone. Every organ is important, and the contribution of each is necessary for the whole."

Being a part of the Catholic Church is a beautiful thing as we are joined to believers all over the world. Being united to the believers of our Archdiocese in the Northeast corner of Kansas is a blessing as well. Let us join together and support the efforts being made in our Archdiocese to spread the love of Jesus Christ.

May God bless us all.

Baptism of Jesus and what it means for us

Ordinary time begins with the baptism of Jesus. Below is a wonderful paragraph from the Catechism describing his baptism by John:

"The baptism of Jesus is on his part the acceptance and inauguration of his mission as God's suffering Servant. He allows himself to be numbered among sinners; he is already "the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world". Already he is anticipating the "baptism" of his bloody death. Already he is coming to "fulfil all righteousness", that is, he is submitting himself entirely to his Father's will: out of love he consents to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. The Father's voice responds to the Son's acceptance, proclaiming his entire delight in his Son. The Spirit whom Jesus possessed in fullness from his conception comes to "rest on him". Jesus will be the source of the Spirit for all mankind. At his baptism "the heavens were opened" - the heavens that Adam's sin had closed - and the waters were sanctified by the descent of Jesus and the Spirit, a prelude to the new creation." -(CCC 536)

May God Bless You!

Epiphany of Our Lord

King Herod is mentioned in the Gospel we have today as we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord. King Herod was constantly suspicious of anyone who seemed to him to be a threat, especially anyone within his kingdom. He had his own wife and three of his sons and many other subjects put to death. It is no wonder that he was troubled about the magi coming in search of the new King of the Jews. We have the example of the Magi today, who humbly travel great distances to see and worship the newborn King and offer Him gifts. It shows the great disparity in the two different approaches of the Magi and King Herod. King Herod in his pride is only interested in himself and getting rid of anyone who is a threat to his power; therefore, he has no room for the Savior of the world. The magi have sacrificed much and have humbled themselves in search of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and are able to encounter Jesus and to receive the fullness of His grace.

How will the Lord come to you?

"Thus says the LORD:

You, Bethlehem - Ephrathah too small to be among the clans of Judah,

from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel;

whose origin is from of old, from ancient times."   

                                                                                            - Micah 5:1

Let us not be surprised when the Lord comes to us from among the ones who seem insignificant. The Lord will be present and at work among those who allow Him room to work. May we learn to be open and humble so that the Lord can be present among us and may we look for the presence of Jesus among the lowly. God bless us all.

Look East and see the Light - Christ Jesus

Our first reading today comes from the Book of Baruch. It is one of the shorter books of the Bible and it is worth taking the time to prayerfully read through. The book is written for an invitation and encouragement to a people in exile. It is an invitation for the people to repentance and it is an encouragement to them that God will deliver them out of exile. One of the versus describes Jerusalem looking to the east to see the gathering of her exiled children. In the previous chapter of the book of Baruch there is also a similar verse. 

“Look to the east, Jerusalem! Behold the joy that comes to you from God.” 

Both of these verses remind me of the Advent hymn People, Look East. There is repetition throughout the hymn inviting us to look east with excitement and joy. The final verse especially hits it home.

“People look East, and sing today: Love the Lord is on the way.

I believe it is a reminder to us each and every day when the sun comes up in the east that the light of Jesus Christ has entered our world. The reading from Baruch ends in a wonderful way.

“For God is leading Israel in joy by the light of his glory, with his mercy and justice for company.”

1st Week of Advent

We have now entered in to the season of Advent this weekend.

The season is characterized by expectant waiting in hope. We begin with a similar theme that we ended the year with. The realization that we are in the time between when Christ has ascended into heaven and when Christ will come the final time in all His glory at the end of time.

I believe that in our day and age waiting is extremely difficult. If we have a question or are wondering about something, we can ask a device we hold in our hand and get an immediate answer or multiple answers and explanations. If we are hungry, we have a microwave that can instantly heat up food. If we need something we just go to a store or go online and order it and in short order, we have received it. These are just a few examples.

The beauty of the Advent wreathe is in the use of candles. Yes, a candle gives light instantly when it has been lighted, but there is something about candles that makes time slow down. I encourage you to take some time before an advent wreathe this season to pray and wait in expectation for the celebration of Christmas. Let us not skip the season of Advent and go straight to Christmas. Instead let us learn from and experience in its fullness this season of expectant waiting in hope.

Jesus Christ, King of the Universe!

Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe!

What a beautiful feast and a wonderful way to conclude the liturgical year.

Jesus Christ our King came to be a servant for us all. Let us learn from His example that to reign is to serve Him. Let us be especially attentive to ways we are called to serve the poor and the suffering.

When we serve one of the least, we are serving our Lord.

Finally, let us also reflect on the many blessings Jesus Christ our King has bestowed on us this year.

We must stand in wonder and awe of our King!

Thank you!

Thank you to all who have prayerfully considered a gift for the Archdiocesan Capital Campaign “One Faith, One Family, One Future in Christ”.

May our efforts bear fruit and continue the growth of the Kingdom of God.

May God Bless you.

Capital Campaign

The capital campaign of the Archdiocese “ One Faith, One Family, One Future in Christ “ is a great opportunity for us to live the call to be united in faith.

We are not either / or Church but a both / and Church. The beauty of the Catholic Church is that it is about the individual person with their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the collective group of believers as the body of Christ present in this world, united with our head Jesus Christ eternally one with the Father.

May this campaign be an opportunity for us to share what we have been given individually to help support the Church in our Archdiocese so that we can continue to share the Good News of the Gospel.