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)
Ignite, Renew and Energize: These were the three words I used in my Pentecost homily to end the 2014 Synod titled “A New Pentecost.” It’s difficult to assess the total effect of the Synod, but I can tell you it was a tremendous success.
I couldn’t help but think that – in a little over a day – I celebrated significant moments of life: from the beginning of life to a moment of successful transition, from a celebration of vocational faithfulness to the remembrance of the finality, which we all must face.
Our newly ordained begin their lives as priests, and they are joined in solidarity with their brothers in the priesthood of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
On the morning of May 14, 1975, my 37 classmates and I entered the chapel at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois, and emerged two-and-a-half hours later as ordained priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago.