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Praying to Protect Our Religious Freedom

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.

175 Years: Our Family, Our Archdiocese

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.

A Christmas Story of Memories

Merry Christmas! There is a particular joy to the celebration of Christmas: colorful lights to decorate houses and trees, religious carols (i.e. “Silent Night”) sung with solemnity, popular music embracing the season (i.e. “The Christmas Song” sung by Nat King Cole), Christmas cookies, mistletoe, Christmas cards, visits to Santa and family dinners, just to mention a few.

A Month of Transitions: Cherish the Moments

If January is the month of “new beginnings,” then I would offer that September is the month of “transitions.” There are many parents saying goodbye to their sons and daughters who are making their way to colleges across the country.

A Sense of Personal Dignity

I had a friend who, when we would be watching some old movies on TV together, would comment on the actors and actresses, “He’s dead,” or “She’s dead.” I don’t know if he meant it as a comment on all mortality, or as a reminder to me not to look for future films starring these individual actors.

Advent: Preparing for Christ in Our Lives

Advent is a time to prepare for the coming of Christ. Advent means “coming.” There are three comings to reflect upon. The first is the coming of Christ in the liturgical year. This begins a new cycle in the liturgical year (C), which builds on the anticipated mystery of the Incarnation of Jesus, the greatest gift God gives to mankind

Amazing Parishes Influence Spirituality

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.

Be Confident: God is Listening

Archbishop Listecki reflects on the conversion of St Augustine, who went on to become one of the greatest thinkers in the history of the Church.

Be Ready: Overcoming a Divided Life

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, I was preparing for a meeting with the Chicago priest consultors. Just like those other iconic moments in our history, from that day forward we would never be the same. ‘Terrorism’ would be a word that would be in our everyday vocabulary, and on the lips of every American.

Beyond the Presence of Christmas

They say that time is relative. This might be true. However, this last Christmas season threw my natural rhythms right out the window (I hope you appreciated the alliteration).

Celebrating Catholic Education

Last Thursday at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Milwaukee, we celebrated Catholic education at a dinner with over 700 people in attendance.

Contemplating the Great Love of God

We are now in the Easter season. This coming Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday, an opportunity to contemplate the great love of God that is extended through His mercy bestowed upon us by His Son’s suffering, death and resurrection.

CRS: Making a Difference

I am sure that you've heard the old Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” I am always amazed when I see this proverb in action.

Dispelling the Darkness of Evil

Last Saturday night, we, the bishops of Milwaukee, joined with Arise Ministry to conduct a “Vigil of Reparation." This service of reparation called upon our Lord to assist us in repairing the deep damage caused by the sexual abuse of minors by clergy.

Ethnic Pride, Community and Faith

This past Saturday was one of those full days of celebrating ethnic pride, community and faith.

Expect the Unexpected

I had two hours of free time. This was a great gift for me, so I made myself a cup of coffee, grabbed a book I wanted to read, sat in my favorite easy chair and, as my eyes began to scan the page, I heard a sound...

Giving the Gift of Self

When families begin a journey, like going to an event or visiting a relative’s home they pack the children into the car and inevitably, after going only a couple of miles, the kids begin to chant, “Are we there yet?” Often, the difficulty in making the journey is the patience necessary to arrive safely and with minimal frustration.

Guardian Angels: To Guard and Guide

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)

In Gratitude of Deb Lethlean

Last Saturday evening was a wonderful dinner event at the Pfister Hotel celebrating the Catholic Stewardship Appeal’s (CSA) Campanile Society.

Incorporating our Faith

Every coach or teacher realizes that he/she instructs their charges in more than just an intellectual discipline or physical ability – they are instructing their students or athletes in life itself.

It’s All Relative

They say that all things are relative. When I was a faculty member at Quigley North Preparatory Seminary in Chicago, I went on a post-Christmas, mini-vacation to West Palm Beach, Florida.

Living A Colorful Spiritual Life

I was watching the British Open this past weekend, and remembered a comment that a member of my military unit once said about watching golf: “It’s like watching paint dry.”

Motivating Moral Truth

I’ve been listening to Carl Sandburg’s audio book, Abraham Lincoln. It’s a monumental work, and gives great insight into the iconic figure of Abraham Lincoln and his times.

Musical Memories

Music fills an important aspect in our lives. Music can set the mood or reinforce the drama in one’s life.

Regaining a Sense of Virtue

I taught moral theology in the major seminary for two decades. One of the sections of studies was the virtues. A virtue is a good habit, which enables us to live rightly according to faith and reason.

Retro Night Reflections

I am sure that my predecessor, Archbishop William E. Cousins, was smiling down upon us as we celebrated Retro Night on Friday, May 4 at the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Cousins Center.

Returning Home

Last week, I returned home for the funeral of my cousin Laura Kasprzyk (57). She was born with Down Syndrome.

Summer Travels: A Greater Understanding

I really don’t like to travel. I am a homebody, and I like the comfort of my La-Z-Boy recliner.

Taking the Time to Adjust

On my way to a meeting, I was crossing a street near the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and Cathedral Square when suddenly I heard from behind me, “I told you that you shouldn’t do that!” I turned to address the person. I wasn’t surprised because it’s not uncommon for people just to come up to me in a public place and begin talking to me

The Art of Letter Writing

It‘s hard to imagine the journeys of St. Paul. Right now, I’m following in the footsteps of St. Paul. Of course, there is a difference.

The Cross is the Greatest Symbol of Love

There is no doubt that God has a sense of humor. This year’s liturgical calendar has Lent beginning with Ash Wednesday on February 14 – Valentine’s Day.

The Dignity of Work

Today is May 1, “May Day.” World communism celebrated this day as the day of the worker.

The Golden Years

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.

The Power of God’s Presence

It is remarkable how many things we depend upon, yet take for granted.

The Power of the Rosary

When my sister and I were kids, we had an amazing family experience  — we were invited to a viewing of the Chicago premiere of “The Long Gray Line” (1955), starring Tyrone Power, Ward Bond and Maureen O’Hara.

Time Is Relative

The long holiday weekend throws my psyche and body off-kilter. Now, don’t get me wrong, I like long weekends, but Tuesday becomes Monday, and Monday feels like Sunday.

True Gifts of Love

Last Saturday morning at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, in the presence of a standing room only crowd of faithful, five young men were ordained for the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church.

True Tour Stoppers: Tracing the Steps of St. Paul

I’ve always enjoyed musicals. A good musical has a well-written playbook, memorable songs and creative staging.

What Happened to Civility?

How do we return civility to our society? It begins with personal virtue.

Where Do We Find Our Hope?

The terrible violence inflicted upon our young people in Florida is symptomatic of the psychology of our culture.

Women Religious: Encouraging, Empowering, Supporting

On Sunday, after the 9 a.m. radio Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, I hustled down to St. Patrick Church in Kankakee, Illinois for a 1 p.m. Mass celebrating the anniversary of the religious life of my former major seminary patristic teacher, fellow faculty member at St. Mary of the Lake and dear friend, Sr. Agnes Cunningham, SSCM.

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