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
Bells rang out in honor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the 50th anniversary of his assassination April 4, and Catholic bishops say it is a time for Christians to ask God what they need to do to counter racism.
“The moment is also an opportunity for us to pause and reflect individually on what we are doing to build the culture of love, respect, and peace to which the Gospel calls us and to also ask ourselves how we seek to help our brothers and sisters still suffering under the weight of racism,” the bishops said. Read more
At the end of a week-long meeting held at the Vatican, young people from around the world have urged the Church to be more authentic, modern, and creative in the way it interacts with young people, and in addressing controversial contemporary issues.
“We want to say, especially to the hierarchy of the Church, that they should be a transparent, welcoming, honest, inviting, communicative, accessible, joyful, and interactive community,” the youth delegates said in the final document of this week’s pre-synod meeting in Rome.
“A credible Church,” they said, “is one which is not afraid to allow itself be seen as vulnerable.” Read more
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Chairmen for the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations and the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth have expressed gratitude for the openness and honesty of the young adults who participated as delegates to the Pre-Synodal Meeting in anticipation of this October’s Ordinary Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. Read more
We, the Catholic bishops of Missouri, wish to address the senseless gun violence that is occurring in our schools, on our streets, and in our inner cities. The disturbing frequency of these events is making us numb to the profound impact on those directly affected and it calls for serious reflection on why people are carrying out senseless acts of violence. It is also appropriate to consider the use of guns in society.
Our nation needs to have an honest discussion about the toll violent images and experiences are having upon us, especially our youth. We must work toward peace in our communities through restorative justice policies and practices, and through ongoing discussions about the presence of so much violence in our entertainment and neighborhoods. Read more
Thirteen years after the death of St. John Paul II, a close friend and colleague of the beloved Polish pope said the pontiff’s vast legacy and influence can still be felt, and is a source of inspiration for the world.
“Thirteen years have passed since the death of this Holy Shepherd, yet he unceasingly continues to speak, inspiring, showing the way, and encouraging,” said Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz April 2. Read more
The Missouri Junior Beta Convention was held at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff, MO on March 8 and 9 under the 2018 theme of “Beta on My Mind.” 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
Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Easter!
Jesus is risen from the dead!
This message resounds in the Church the world over, along with the singing of the Alleluia: Jesus is Lord; the Father has raised him and he lives forever in our midst. Read more
Easter Joy! This hopes to find each of you in a place of blessed joy after the long season of Lent has ended and the good news of the resurrection has come to fill our hearts. The powerful Alleluia comes to the hearts of all of the faithful whom God loves tremendously and most especially to those who have endured a long Lent. In a particular way, Alleluia comes to the hardened hearts of those who fool themselves into thinking that they are close to Him, when in actuality they are surrounded in a darkness that is blinding to them. Read more