The Church invites all her members to glory in the 50 days of Easter. To that end, may I suggest that we continue some of our spiritual practices into the Easter Season? Did you attend an additional Mass during the week throughout Lent? Why not continue that practice during the 50 days of Easter? Did you pray more, maybe focusing on the Scriptures, the rosary, or participate in Eucharistic Adoration? Why stop that practice during the Easter Season? Did you turn off the TV or another “screen” and focus on reading a spiritual book or relating to actual people face-to-face? That would be a great activity to continue during the Easter Season. And, if you did none of the things I’ve just mentioned, why not try one? By doing this you will make the 50 days of the Easter Season a special time of grace. I am privileged to pray for all of you daily and I certainly continue to pray that the Lord will bless you and your families in a special way during the Easter Season! Read more
I had the recent privilege of spending a Saturday at Holy Trinity Parish, Springfield, with 33 of the religious sisters that serve in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. These women religious work in our parishes, schools, and hospitals. Most of them quietly go about their apostolates with little fanfare or recognition. Of course, they have a different motive than accolades: Their lives are at the service to the Gospel, building up the Kingdom of God through their particular charism and service. Since my arrival in the diocese this has been my second Religious Gathering. Read more
That all the newly-baptized and those received into the Church may rejoice and feel welcomed throughout the Easter Season!
It seems the topic of “Spring” is on everyone’s mind as the occasional warm and sunny day pops into these waning months of winter.
While we often think of the seasons of spring, summer, winter, and fall, we also have the beautiful liturgical seasons of the Church: Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter, and Ordinary Time. Often, the liturgical season and the seasons of the year enhance one another and sometimes even collide with one another. Read more
We pray through the intercession of St. Joseph for the unemployed and underemployed: may they find meaningful work that will support family life!
Rites of Election
I offer a special thanks to our priests, catechists, and directors of our parish RCIA programs for their work in sharing the faith. I recently spent two special afternoons celebrating the annual Rites of Election: one on Feb. 18 in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield, and the other in St. Mary Cathedral on Feb. 25. Most of our parishes gather at these two events to present to me those who seek to be baptized in the Church at Easter as well as those who have been baptized in another Christian faith but who seek full communion with the Catholic Church at Easter through the Sacraments of Initiation. Read more
My brother texted me the morning of Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 5 a.m., saying “Happy Vash Wednesday.” I responded, “Don’t you have anything better to do this early in the morning?”
This year, Ash Wednesday fell on Valentine’s Day, which is a great opportunity for us to reflect on the different definitions of love. In the secular world, Valentine’s Day is all about chocolate and flowers and red hearts, expressing the belief that the heart is the symbol of human love. Read more
When I give talks or homilies, I have often mentioned the dangers associated with being “out of control.” For some, the issue may be the overuse of alcohol, taking illegal drugs, or the overconsumption of food. For others it may be “out of control” emotions, such as anger. No matter the substance or issue, it is never good to be out of control. Typically, when we are out of control, it leads to actions that we later regret. And so, words like, “self-control,” “restraint,” or “discipline” should come to play. Read more
February prayer intention:
That we may walk in the footsteps of Christ this Lent through prayer, fasting and charity.
I received a letter dated Jan. 5, 2018 from the National Religious Retirement Office thanking the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau for its contribution to the 2017 collection, amounting to $73,424.13. The letter, from the Executive Director, Sr. Stephanie Still, PBVM, stated “Since the collection was launched, contributions from your diocese have totaled $2,218,936.01.” Sr. Stephanie also wrote a note saying “We are very grateful to you and your parishioners for this generous support.” Read more