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.
How do you celebrate the living Christ?
Peace be with you. During this glorious Easter season, we experience through Scripture the formation of the early Church. The challenge for the early Christians was to remember Jesus and his word and to continue to follow him, even though he was no longer physically with them. So, in the first reading of the Third Sunday of Easter, St. Peter chastises a group of people in Jerusalem for crucifying the “author of life” in their ignorance and asks them to repent and be converted, that their sins may be wiped away. St. John also asks those who believe to keep his word because by keeping God’s word, we are in union with God and will live as Jesus lived when he was among them. In the Gospel reading of St. Luke, Jesus once again appears to the disciples and says, to their uncertain spirit, “Peace be with you.” He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
He’s 2,000 years old
We live in complicated, challenging and extremely difficult times. Confusion, anger, pain and even violence are very much present among us. Certainly the tragedy that occurred in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, so proximate to us in Parkland, is evidence of this. We live in times which seem very different than other periods of history as we are affected by instant communication, advanced technology, disparity of the availability of resources, and completely new outlooks and philosophies of life. These alter moral and religious convictions as well as the very understanding of truth. The understandable question is where are we heading and what is the solution?
Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
It is with great joy that we sing Alleluia! Jesus Christ has indeed Risen. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the source of Christian hope. By His action, Christ conquers sin and death and unlocks for the Faithful the path to life eternal.
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Archbishop Thomas Wenski issued a statement following the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which is located in the Archdiocese of Miami. Pope Francis also offered his condolences to all those affected by this devastating attack.