The best part of waking up

We should begin our day, as we should in all things, ‘in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit’ By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Show me the sign of your favor, that my foes may see to their shame that you , O Lord, …

Two turtledoves

St. Gregory the Great: ‘The Mass will be a sacrifice for us to God, when we have made an offering of ourselves’   By Bishop Richard F. Stika This is a reprint of the October 2021 column He Dwells Among Us by Bishop Stika. Delivery issues at the U.S. Postal …

Pastoral Letter: Sin and the worthy reception of the Holy Eucharist

U.S. bishops will meet Nov. 15-18 for their annual General Assembly, and among the items to be discussed and voted on is their statement on “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church.” Given the “declining belief and understanding of the Eucharist among the Catholic faithful,” and …

Two turtledoves

St. Gregory the Great: ‘The Mass will be a sacrifice for us to God, when we have made an offering of ourselves’ By Bishop Richard F. Stika Bring an offering and enter His courts, worship the Lord in His temple.”— Psalm 96:8-9 What do you bring? To those who say, …

Our greatest dignity

Great is the dignity of our share in the priesthood of Christ and in its different ways of participating in it By Bishop Richard F. Stika “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His own…” — 1 Peter 2:9 Great is our dignity. …

The gate of heaven

St. John Paul II: ‘Do not be afraid to give your time to Christ — ­it is never time lost but rather time gained’ By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the …

A faithful servant of Divine Mercy

In his 60 years of priestly ministry, Cardinal Rigali has proclaimed the mercy of God and has been the instrument of His forgiveness By Bishop Richard F. Stika “The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for …

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Life and hope

Many are the struggles and disappointments in life, but with Christ our Great Hope we triumph By Bishop Richard F. Stika “In God alone be at rest, my soul, for my hope is from Him.” — Psalm 62:6 As I prepare this column, it is Holy Week, and by happy …

Liturgy of the heart

The Mass is the source for living the liturgy as the saints we are all called to be By Bishop Richard F. Stika I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. –Romans …

God’s special carpenter

St. Joseph assists us in building our heart into a beautiful cathedral dwelling of God By Bishop Richard F. Stika “If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labor.” — Psalm 127:1 Of the many magnificent feats of construction in the history of human endeavors, …

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Liturgical Living

“You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, Lord, until they rest in you” — St. Augustine By Bishop Richard F. Stika The question Jesus asks of His disciples is the most important question of our life that we must answer anew every day. Though we know …

What you must know about the Mass

Too few understand the true meaning of eucharistic sacrifice and what is meant by ‘active participation’ By Bishop Richard F. Stika I will come to the altar of God, to God, my joy and gladness. — Psalm 43:4 When I began a yearlong reflection upon the Mass and the Eucharist …