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)
The beauty of the sacrament of reconciliation is the ability for us to accuse ourselves of sin and seek forgiveness. It’s not easy to examine our lives and seek forgiveness. No one really likes to go to confession.
I can’t believe that it is April. Time moves so quickly, especially when you’re older. There is an old saying, “April showers bring May flowers.”
I soon discovered that basketball was “king,” and all other sports were secondary. My personal desire to be a priest was tied into being a part of the seminary community, and because basketball was king, I needed to be a part of that optic.
Many of the popular TV programs when I was growing up had theme songs, which identified their TV personas. “The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show” had, “Happy Trails (to you, until we meet again),” Gene Autry had, “(I'm) Back in the Saddle Again.” Perry Como would have a segment that started, “Letters, we get letters, we get stacks an' stacks of letters ... Dear Perry ...,” and then Perry would sing a popular song. Dinah Shore would sing, “See the USA in Your Chevrolet,” and then offer a big kiss to the viewing audience at the end of her performance. And, of course, the most famous theme song of my era was, “The Mickey Mouse Club,” which ended the show with, “M-I-C, See you real soon! K-E-Y, Why? Because we like you! M-O-U-S-E.”