Good Steward Newsletter – July 2014

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is Pro-Culture We sometime hear it said that the Gospel is countercultural. That’s not exactly correct. The Gospel that we proclaim as disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ is pro-culture. It seeks always to build up human society, to transform human laws, customs and values in accordance with God’s plan […]

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Good Steward Newsletter – June 2014

Stewards of Freedom, Servants of God Something especially powerful is expressed in the famous saying of St. Thomas More, “I die the king’s faithful servant, but God’s first.” Most of us know the story of St. Thomas’ martyrdom. He was executed because he opposed King Henry VIII’s decision to divorce his wife and, in the […]

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Good Steward Newsletter – May 2014

The Pope Speaks to the City and the World It is traditional on Easter Sunday for the pope to deliver a brief address urbi et orbi (to the city and the world). The city is, of course, Rome, “the heart of Christianity,” and the world is the entire global village with all its religious, cultural, […]

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Good Steward Newsletter – April 2014

Endless Mercy In his first year as Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis repeatedly stressed the boundless mercy of God. None of us is perfect, including the pope who says simply, “I am a sinner.” We Christians are not perfect, by a long shot, but we are forgiven. That’s a reason to rejoice and be glad—especially […]

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Good Steward Newsletter – March 2014

Reflections on the Consistory I Did Not Attend I was all packed and ready to go. I arrived at the airport two hours ahead of time and presented my passport to the agent at the Delta counter. I was booked on a flight to Rome for a few days’ R & R and to attend […]

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Good Steward Newsletter – February 2014

Building Bridges Instead of Walls It’s too early to evaluate the impact of Pope Francis on the Church or the world. He’s not even been pope for a year! But there’s no question that Pope Francis has had an impact. Ask anyone what they think about the new pope. Many will say, “I really like […]

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Good Steward Newsletter – January 2014

Following the Star of Wonder O star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect Light. ~ Christmas Carol The refrain of the popular Christmas carol “We Three Kings” written by John Henry Hopkins, Jr. in 1857, speaks directly to the star of Bethlehem […]

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Good Steward Newsletter – December 2013

Stewardship Saves Christmas During this time of year, which the Church calls Advent but the secular world knows as the pre-Christmas shopping season, Christians experience a profound tension. The Church urges us to prepare for Christ’s coming again by intensified prayer, fasting and sharing with others. That’s not the message our culture proclaims now. “Shop […]

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Good Steward Newsletter – November 2013

The Church Continues to Fight the HHS Mandate The Affordable Healthcare Act (aka Obamacare) is in the news again, and once again the Catholic Church is caught on the horns of a dilemma not of its own making. The dilemma is that, on the one hand, we Catholics wholeheartedly affirm the need for affordable healthcare […]

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Good Steward Newsletter – October 2013

Jesus Is What We Long For, the Joy of Our Desiring “Be careful what you wish for” is a saying we’ve all heard before. It reminds us that our desires can get us into trouble — sometimes serious trouble. Pope Francis recently spoke about the need to channel our desires appropriately. “All of us have […]

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