The pastoral nature of the episcopacy inspires our three bishop publishers to use the Florida Catholic as a forum to shine a light on issues of importance to Catholic faith. Whether reflecting on the different liturgical seasons of the Church, delving into the inspirational lives of the saints, or highlighting the good deeds of the local church, Bishops John Noonan, Gerald M. Barbarito and Frank J. Dewane hope visitors will gain insight from the words offered in their columns.
Mass: The perfect form of prayer
In our world today, we may not think of prayer as St. Paul speaks; prayer that is an offering of oneself for the glory of God; prayer that is our embodiment of the Holy Spirit that has no beginning nor end, but is the breath of our daily living. Instead, we may think of prayer as something that we do at different times, perhaps in the morning when we awaken or at night before we recline for rest. We pray at the celebration of Mass, we pray the rosary. How many of us think of greeting our children, or driving to work, or doing the laundry or cooking a meal as a prayer. If we do all these activities as an offering of ourselves to God, we are praying.
At the heart of Thanksgiving
As we prepare for Thanksgiving, it is well to reflect upon the reality that giving thanks is part of the very nature of God himself. We rightly think in terms of giving thanks to God, but we do so because gratitude eternally flows from God. Gratitude is an expression of love. God is love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8) and gives himself away in love. It is this love which is his life as a community of persons — Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In their eternal expression of love for each other, the persons of the Trinity also express gratitude to each other. That gratitude is so often reflected in the life of the incarnate Son, Jesus Christ, who always prayed to his Father in a stance of giving thanks.
Bishop Dewane to consult on USCCB Anti-Racism Committee
Bishop Frank J. Dewane has been named as a consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. Jesuit Bishop George Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, chair of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, revealed the board and consulting members of the Committee Oct. 2. Bishop Murry explained the new anti-racism committee would promote human dignity, which he hoped would channel social frustrations toward peaceful solutions. “The problems of racism are deep and widespread and will take time to heal.”
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Bishops of Florida urge Governor Scott to spare life of Michael Lambrix
After over three decades on death row, Michael Lambrix is scheduled to be executed on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. Lambrix received two death sentences for the 1983 murders of Clarence Moore and Aleisha Bryant.In a September 28 letter on behalf of the bishops of Florida, Michael Sheedy, executive director, Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, appeals to Governor Rick Scott to commute Mr. Lambrix’s death sentence to a life sentence without the possibility of parole.