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Keep in mind abortion remains ‘preeminent’ issue in upcoming election
September 20, 2020
As election day in our country approaches in less than two months, people have been asking me if I will provide some guidance as they consider the candidates and ponder their votes. While I cannot endorse candidates for office, I and other church officials can provide voter education and pertinent information to help inform one’s choices.
Social shutdowns as an extraordinary means of saving lives
September 06, 2020
Terror on every side! These frightening words are from the prophet Jeremiah (Jer. 20:10, NABRE). Jeremiah served God during the reigns of Judah’s last kings. King and people sadly resisted Jeremiah’s life-giving message. The chapters of his book are filled with accounts of the verbal and physical attacks he had to endure. In spite of such dire circumstances, Jeremiah remains confident of God’s help, as he proclaims, “The Lord is with me, like a mighty champion” (Jer. 20:11).
Our Lady, Health of the Sick brings comfort, peace in face of illness
August 23, 2020
Sickness can be discouraging and frightening. Sickness is discouraging when we are sidelined from our usual activities at home, school, or work and are prevented from engaging with our family and friends because we do not feel well. Sickness is frightening when the disease is life-threatening and there is no known cure. The disease known as COVID-19 is discouraging and frightening. Even in those cases when the symptoms are mild, people may wonder if it will develop into something more serious or even life-threatening, also making it a frightening reality.
We are made for eternity and nothing less will be sufficient to fill us
August 09, 2020
Our fear to commit, our distaste for obligation, our unwillingness to surrender … all of those things come from a fear that we will lose love. And so, in the fullness of time, it is God himself who comes to our rescue, to promise definitively, forever, eternally, that his covenantal love for us will never end. He surrenders his freedom to incorporate ours into it. He offers his life so that we might live ours in him. He offers his love no matter the cost, and no matter the rejection, so that we might begin to trust again, and might slowly open our hearts again to our Heavenly Father.
Thinking about pandemic, schools reopening, we are reminded, ‘Be not afraid’
July 26, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, as we make plans to open our Catholic Schools back up I encourage you to embrace both faith and reason. Consider the message Pope St. John Paul II taught us about how to face our fears and prayerfully seek God's guiding hand.
Appreciating true and great legacy of church leaders
July 12, 2020
July 1 was the feast day of St. Junípero Serra, a Franciscan missionary priest from Majorca, Spain, who came to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the New World in 1750. He established nine of the California missions, baptized over 6,000 native peoples, and is recognized as a builder of the State of California. Pope John Paul II beatified him in 1988, calling him “an exemplary model of the selfless evangelizer.” Pope Francis canonized him as a saint during his visit to the United States in 2015. Unfortunately, some radical anarchists who are ignorant of history have destroyed statues of St. Junípero Serra. After a statue of St. Junípero Serra was torn down in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on June 19 by a crowd of about 100 people, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the Archbishop of San Francisco, was joined by several dozen Catholics in prayer and acts of spiritual reparation.
Pray for Venerable Father Tolton’s intercession for racial harmony and healing
June 28, 2020
The name of George Floyd has become well-known across the United States and throughout the world due to widespread media coverage given to his brutal killing, which was recorded on video and subsequently viewed by countless numbers of people. Not so well known and with little or no media attention are the names of many other people who have been recent victims of senseless murders. In light of his life story, Venerable Father Augustine Tolton provides us with a powerful exemplar to whom we should turn as we as we pray for racial harmony and healing in our country.
Why livestreaming Mass remains important for the faithful
June 14, 2020
I have been asked if we will discontinue the video streaming of our Masses now that people can come to church, even if we are not yet able to fill our churches to capacity. While I do want people to return to physically attending Mass in person, I do not want to get away from livestreaming. That might seem contradictory to what I just said about the importance of being together in person, so let me explain why.
Proceeding with plans to return to proper practice of our faith
May 31, 2020
The Catholic faith is a tangible, concrete faith with sacramental signs that reflect and make manifest spiritual realities. Our faith cannot be practiced freely without physical participation in the sacraments. Also, our faith is communal, not private, and its proper expression requires the physical gathering of the community. For over two months, out of concern for the common good, I directed that we as a diocese would make the willing sacrifice to forego our constitutional right to free assembly and the full exercise of our religion. Accordingly, I asked our Catholic faithful to accept this temporary inability to receive holy Communion in a positive spirit as a spiritual fast.
‘I have given permission for the distribution of holy Communion’
May 17, 2020
While I have cause for hope that good things may come from this difficult time, I know that you share my concern that we must return to the proper liturgical life of the church and regular celebration of the sacraments and faith life of our parishes. With this in mind, we have begun thinking and planning for how our parishes will re-open to provide access to the sacraments and public liturgies. In this regard, I am pleased to tell you that I have given permission for the distribution of holy Communion at designated times and with proper safety precautions, using the guidelines for the provision of the sacraments during the coronavirus pandemic developed by the Thomistic Institute in Washington, D.C.
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