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.
The right path of wisdom
Recently, Pope Francis spoke to young people in Bangladesh about the word wisdom. He said that the one thing that directs and guides us on to the right path is wisdom, the wisdom born of faith. It is embracing our faith and joyously yielding to the will of God. It is not the wisdom of this world. “It is the wisdom we see in the eyes of our parents and grandparents who put their trust in God. As Christians, we can see the light of God’s presence in their eyes, the light that they have discovered in Jesus, who is the very wisdom of God.”
The pope’s pizza
We are already almost two weeks into the new year and just about halfway through the month of January. The holidays are quickly receding into the past, and New Year’s resolutions we made may also be quickly receding there as well. They say that time goes more quickly as one gets older and certainly many of us can testify that this phenomenon is real. What used to seem so long to occur when we were younger seems to occur more quickly as age moves on.
Advent: A Season of preparation and expectation
Advent is a season of preparation and expectation. The Church describes Advent as a season “of devout and expectant delight.” In Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year, the Church says, “Advent has a twofold character, for it is a time of preparation for the Solemnities of Christmas, in which the First Coming of the Son of God to humanity is remembered, and likewise a time when, with remembrance of this, minds and hearts are led to look forward to Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time” (39). In Advent, we look forward not only to the commemoration of Christ’s birth at Christmas, but also to his return.
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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.