Love One Another
Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki's weekly communication to Catholics of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
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Anniversaries are important moments in the passage of time. Families gather around their parents for their 25th, or their grandparents for their 50th year of marriage. Anniversaries are a statement of the importance of what has transpired over the years of living a commitment – and for many, trusting in God’s direction.
If these are the ‘golden years,’ then you can have the platinum years. Things you were once able to do with ease can now become a chore. Just try and drop something on the ground, and watch how long it takes you to pick it up.
I am excited that the Amazing Parish conference will take place here within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. This is an opportunity to energize the parish base with the infusion of creative ideas.
The role of the guardian angel is to guard and to guide. In the Old Testament, God told Moses: “Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way, and to bring you to the place which I have prepared.” (Ex. 23:20)
Today's date, February 12, will always be Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in my mind and heart. Growing up on the south-side of Chicago, February 12 meant a celebration of having off of school. Although it was in the winter, for a grammar school kid this provided an opportunity to enjoy the winter season. If snow was on the ground, it signaled snowball fights and sledding, and if the snow was recent, it called for the building of a snowman. If there was no snow, then it signaled the reading of comic books, watching TV or the exploration of the neighborhood with other kids. I was happy Lincoln was such an iconic figure that the nation would celebrate his birthday, and the school’s yearly schedule would establish his birthday as a holiday.
This second paragraph from the Declaration of Independence defines the basis of our independence from England. Every generation that has followed must claim its contribution to the continuance of the sentiments expressed by our founding fathers.
Although time consuming, committee meetings and the people who serve on them are valuable.