Lex Cordis Caritas - The law of the heart is Love

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August 15, 2010
A recent Google™ search on the Internet for the name “Matthew Shepard” produced 11,900,000 results. Matthew Shepard was a 21-year-old college student who was savagely beaten to death in 1998 in Wyoming. His murder has been called a hate crime because Shepard was gay.
August 01, 2010
I am writing this week from the state of Michigan, where I am visiting the Orchard Lake Schools near Detroit. The Orchard Lake Schools are celebrating their 125th anniversary this year. I am here with Father Christopher House, vocation director for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, since there is a vocation dimension to our visit that I will explain shortly.
July 18, 2010
The title that I am giving to this column is Lex Cordis Caritas — “The Law of the Heart is Love.” This is the motto that I chose when I was named a bishop in 2003 by our late Holy Father, the beloved and great Pope John Paul II. It is customary for a bishop to choose a motto when he is appointed a bishop to serve as a guiding principle for his ministry. I chose Lex Cordis Caritas — “The Law of the Heart is Love” — because it expresses in a succinct but powerful way the theme that has been the main focus of my ministry as a priest and which I wish to continue to make my ongoing point of reference as a bishop.