Pastoral Letters

Do This In Memory of Me

The Sacred Liturgy as the Splendor of God’s Eternal Glory “. . . and, I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all to myself.” John 12:32 My earliest recollections of the Sacred Liturgy are from my home … Continue reading

Abortion and a Failure of Community

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I write to you today with concern and hope. My concern is for the many women in our community who do not find the support they need for their health, safety and well-being during pregnancy or … Continue reading

I Have Not Come to be Served, but to Serve

A Reflection on 25 Years of the Ministry of the Diaconate in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Introduction “Lord, may your deacons excel in every virtue: in love and in holiness of life. May their conduct exemplify your … Continue reading

The Moral Conscience

INTRODUCTION There are those who view the moral conscience as personal, internal, subjective and open to no criticism from without. Even in the Catechism of the Catholic Church one might think to find justification for such an outlook. There we … Continue reading

A Time to Reap: Pastoral Letter on Aging

Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. [1] (Exodus 20:12) Brothers and Sisters in Christ, These beautiful words from the book of Exodus provide … Continue reading

In God’s Image: Pastoral Letter on Racism

Preface Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In the Hebrew Scriptures the prophet Micah gives us a simple but very challenging formula for holiness. He writes, “… This is what Yahweh asks of you: Only this, to act justly, to love … Continue reading

A Pastoral Letter on Marriage and the Family

Following the command and example of Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church proclaims that “by (God’s) plan man and woman are united, and married life is established as the one blessing not forfeited by original sin nor washed away in the … Continue reading

The Sacrament of Penance – Gift to the Church

As I reflected upon the power of forgiveness in our lives; I was reminded of a true story concerning Bishop James Walsh, MM. Bishop Walsh served the people of China for many years, but after the government became communistic, he … Continue reading