As we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, (Sept. 14) let us never fear to draw close to the sign of our salvation. May the Cross be a sign of victory in the midst of all suffering, particularly those who suffer from the poison of racism or the wrath of Hurricane Harvey. May we find comfort in the Cross and the heart of our merciful Father.
The sin of racism
On Aug. 14, 2017, I gathered with other members of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks to attend a Faith Voices Call to Action gathering in responding to the acts of hatred which began in Charlottesville and subsequently spread to other parts of our country.
The evil of racism with its tenets of “white supremacy” and “neo-Nazism“ has no place in a civilized society. Read more
Bishop Edward Rice was invited to speak to a gatheing of Catholic school teachers at the launch of the new academic year. His remarks follow:
Pope Francis, in his letter “Joy of the Gospel,” tells us “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.” Francis reminds us that “the Church’s primary mission is to evangelize the world.” So, as we look to the beginning of another academic year in our schools, it is important to revisit what it is that we are about. Read more
By the time you read this column, many schools will be back in session and the summer will be a waning memory. Looking back on this past summer, I call it the “summer of blessings!”
In June, I traveled across the diocese offering Masses of Thanksgiving for the success of our diocesan Capital Endowment Campaign at St. Mary, Joplin, St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield, Sacred Heart, Poplar Bluff, and St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau. It was a great way to acknowledge the generosity of our people to say “thank you” to so many of our parish leaders who worked behind the scenes organizing local fundraising efforts. Read more
100th anniversary of apparitions at Fatima
July 13 prayer for peace
St. Eustachius Church, Portageville
Bishop Edward M. Rice on Our Lady of Fatima:
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance to the three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal: St. Francisco de Jesus Marto (June 11, 1908-April 4, 1919), his sister St. Jacinta de Jesus Marto (March 11, 1910-Feb. 20, 1920), and their cousin Lúcia Santos (1907–2005). Read more
For the safety and protection of all students as they return to school, particularly those away from home for the first time, may they be strong in the faith.
Some of you may already know that I have a monthly prayer intention, just like the Pope! In August, I ask each of you to join me in prayer for the safety of all students returning to their courses of study, especially for those away from home for the first time, that they be strong in their faith.
I cannot tell you how many times parents have said to me, “My children do not practice the faith anymore. What can I do?” Unfortunately the statistics are not positive. Read more
As I write this, we’re gearing up for the second of two weekends of the Steubenville Mid-America Youth Conferences on the campus of Missouri State University. Thousands of young adults gathered for music, sacraments, fellowship, and renewal. As a priest, time spent at these conferences is a real blessing, particularly when so many are moved to participate in Confession.
Each moment in confession is a little moment of conversion, where a person is deepening his or her “yes” to the Lord. Read more
The Roman Martyrology announces the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul in the following words: “At Rome, the birthday of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul, who suffered under the Emperor Nero. In this city, the former was fastened to a cross, head downwards, buried in the Vatican, and honored by all the world; the latter was beheaded and buried on the road leading to Ostia and received the same honor.”
In Rome, this feast has been compared to a “second Easter.” It was the birth of Christian Rome and marked the triumph of Christ’s victory over paganism. Read more
May Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whose feast we celebrate July 16, always protect us, guide us, and bring us closer to her son.