Praised be Jesus Christ!
What a time of grace it is for our Church. As we give thanks for all of the blessings of Pope Francis’ visits to Cuba and the United States, I encourage you to read the various talks and homilies he delivered along the way. In order to appreciate fully and accurately the wisdom of what our Holy Father is sharing with us, it’s vitally important that we hear it in his own words, rather than listening to the voices of the secular media who, unfortunately, in many instances, are interested in promoting their own agenda rather than the full content of his messages. Similarly, if you have not yet read his Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si, released in May of this year, I encourage you to do so. A great place to find all of these is: w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en.html.
On a more local level, other essential reading is our Bishop’s Apostolic Letter, Into the Breach, released on September 29, 2015, the Feast of the Archangels. Written specifically the Catholic Men of our Diocese, this most personal and courageous letter has great value for anyone who reads it. The letter can be read at: www.intothebreach.net. How blessed we are to have Bishop Olmsted as our local apostle and spiritual father!
By investing our time in study and reflection, may the Holy Spirit inspire us to more intentional and generous discipleship lived out in greater love for God and neighbor. Wishing you and your families grace and peace always in our Lord Jesus.In Christ Jesus,