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Lex Cordis Caritas - The law of the heart is Love

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June 05, 2011
Last Monday I offered the Holy sacrifice of the Mass at Calvary Cemetery in Springfield for Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Since, in a sense, there is no recognition here on earth that is sufficient to honor our dead soldiers for their brave sacrifices, we might ask, what kind of reward awaits them in heaven? This question leads us to reflect on what awaits each one of us when we die.
May 22, 2011
Earlier this month, six of my classmates who were ordained priests with me at Mundelein Seminary on May 10, 1978 drove down to Springfield to celebrate our 33rd anniversary of ordination. Joining us were the priests of the Cathedral along with Msgr. Carl Kemme, who was celebrating his 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. Msgr. Kemme was also ordained on May 10, albeit a few years later.
May 08, 2011
In my conversations with parents, one of their most painful realities is when their grown children stop practicing the Catholic faith. This often happens despite tremendous investments of their time, energy and personal resources to make sure that their children are brought up properly in the church. In such cases, parents often feel responsible for their children’s abandonment of the faith. They sometimes even feel guilty or like failures as good Catholic parents, accusing themselves of not doing enough for their children’s religious upbringing.
April 24, 2011
Many of the priests, nuns and lay Catholics in our diocese are descendants of German immigrants who left Germany in the 19th century during the Kulturkampf of the “Iron Chancellor” Otto von Bismarck of the German Empire.
April 10, 2011
This past April 2 marked the sixth anniversary of the death of our beloved Holy Father, the great Pope John Paul II. People at his funeral Mass at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican shouted in Italian, “Santo subito,” which means, may he become a saint quickly. Soon there were reports of miracles attributed to Pope John Paul II, and his beatification will take place on May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday. We pray that this will be just an interim step on the way to his canonization as a saint.
March 27, 2011
In our Catholic tradition, we often speak of “giving something up” for Lent, whether that be candy, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, meat, movies or whatever habitually gives us a great deal of pleasure, satisfaction or enjoyment. The idea is not simply to break some bad habits on which we have become dependent — although that in itself is not a bad idea — but “giving something up” involves the theological concept of sacrifice.
March 13, 2011
Several state legislators from Wisconsin and Indiana have been spending the last few weeks in Illinois. We hope their stay in the Land of Lincoln will revitalize them so that they can return to their home states with a renewed commitment to carrying out their civic responsibilities for which they were elected and are paid to serve.
February 27, 2011
Ash Wednesday falls on March 9 this year, marking the beginning of the season of Lent. In the Gospel for Ash Wednesday, Jesus reminds us that prayer, fasting and almsgiving are three key ways for us to make the most of this sacred season.
February 13, 2011
As in past years, Pope Benedict XVI again proclaimed Feb. 11, the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, as the World Day of the Sick. This remembrance affords us the opportunity each year to reflect on the meaning of human suffering and to pray for the sick, as well as for all health care professionals who care for the sick.
January 30, 2011
The secular newspaper here in Springfield has recently published a letter to the editor and a column criticizing the homily that I gave at Christmas Midnight Mass in our Cathedral. In order to make sure that my views are fully and accurately represented, I will express myself here in the Catholic media.