The Strive Act – Hopeful Immigration Reform – May 2007

Last year, on May 1st, hundreds of thousands of immigrants and their U.S. citizen allies rallied in cities’ around the nation.  They put a human face on plight of some 11 million undocumented immigrants who live and work in this …

Pope Benedict’s Book – April 2007

In May, Pope Benedict XVI’s “Jesus of Nazareth” will appear in English translation. This first of two expected volumes will examine the public ministry of Jesus from his Baptism in the Jordan to his Transfiguration.  Begun while he was still …

In Limbo – Unbaptized Children – April 2007

The Catholic Church has often solemnly determined that some person or another is in heaven.  The canonization of a saint – a formal declaration that someone does in fact enjoy the vision of God – is one of the few …

Bishop Grady – April 2007

Five years ago, on April 21, 2002, Bishop Thomas Grady’s entered into Eternal Life.  He was the second Bishop of this local Church.  He served the people of Central Florida well – not only during his 15 years as ordinary …

Grow, Lead, and Share – April 2007

Two years ago, at the 2005 Chrism Mass, I convoked our First General Synod of our Diocese.  I said then:  “A synod is a “coming together” of our Catholic family to examine our response to the universal call to holiness, …

Holy Week – April 2007

For 40 days, we have prayed and fasted to prepare us for our celebration of the Sacred Triduum, the last Three Days of Holy Week when we solemnly commemorate the passion, death and resurrection of Our Lord..  At the beginning …

The Catholic Conscience – March 2007

As Catholics, seeking to do God’s will, we are called upon to examine our consciences frequently.  In fact, a daily examination of conscience, in which we review our day in the light of the Gospel, is as important to our …

Stem Cells – March 2007

Debate over embryonic stem cell research has heated up again in Florida.  Two competing bills in the legislature have been proposed even as both sides in this debate gear up to pass, through ballot initiatives in 2008, amendments to Florida’s …

Lent – March 2007

Our Lenten journey is a memorial of our Baptism through which we have been reconciled to God by our sharing in the Lord’s own death and resurrection.    For this reason, on Easter Sunday, the faithful having prepared themselves for the …