Mary, our help and refuge

Our consecration to Mary, praying her rosary daily are invaluable in the spiritual battles of life By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.”— Matthew 1:20 A life-changing consecration. The words spoken by the angel of the …

Stretcher-bearers for God

Our sufferings have a salvific purpose in Christ’s sufferings when we ‘offer them up’ By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of His body, which …

The strength to serve

Deacons serve the many hungers, corporal and spiritual, of God’s children By Bishop Richard F. Stika “The cup of salvation I will raise; I will call on the name of the Lord. My vows to the Lord I will fulfill before all His people!” — Psalm 116:13-14 Answering the call. …

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Four Herods

Herods of every age continue their assault against the sanctity of life, the conscience, and the Church By Bishop Richard F. Stika “In the days of Herod. …” — Luke 1:5 A seemingly endless battle. Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade on the great solemnity of the Most Sacred …

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Mystery of iniquity

We live in a time ‘marked by distress’ and a trial that does not spare the Church By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Why do the nations rage and the peoples utter folly? The kings of the earth rise up, and the princes conspire together against the Lord and his anointed: …

A plea for mercy

God has given us through St. Faustina a most powerful weapon—the Chaplet of Divine Mercy By Bishop Richard F. Stika “O give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His mercy endures forever.”  — Psalm 136:1 Twenty-two years ago, on April 30, 2000, St. John Paul II canonized …

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God’s ‘peace plan’

In a time of global crisis, our consecration to Our Lady of Fatima and St. Joseph are needed more than ever By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not …

Who am I?

The question Jesus asks all of us is the key to knowing our true identity and purpose in life By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Today, I must stay at your house.” — Luke 19:5 Welcoming Christ. It is generally considered rude to invite oneself to another’s house. But in the …

The sign of God’s favor

We adore You O Christ, and we praise You. Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Behold, I have given you the power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy…” — Luke 10:19 Taking a …

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 …