Blog & Pastor Letters

Living In Love

05-22-2022Weekly ReflectionBr. Silas Henderson

Before becoming a brother in the Society of the Divine Savior (the Salvatorians), I was a Benedictine monk for more than a decade. And, as a Benedictine, I was immersed in the very practical wisdom of St. Benedict and the Rule he wrote for his monks more than 1400 years ago. One of the defining characteristics of this great saint was his balanced understanding of the human person and of community dynamics. We see this at work in the third chapter of his Rule and his insistence that the abbot of the monastery call the community together whenever there was important business to discuss: “Let the Abbot call together the whole community and state the matter to be acted upon… The reason we have said that all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals to the younger what is best.”

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Revocation of Covid-19 Decree General Absolution

05-17-2022News

Whereas, on April 2, 2020 I issued a decree allowing for general absolution within the Diocese of Phoenix when the priest could not gain access to the faithful as a result of restrictions...Now therefore, with this decree, I hereby revoke the decree of April 2, 2020.

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A Love That Is Unconditional, Sacrificial, and Permanent

05-15-2022Weekly ReflectionDouglas Sousa, STL

We are called to love as Jesus loved, even when it hurts.

One of the untold stories about our country’s armed forces is of the priests who serve the spiritual needs of those who defend us. One priest who served bravely and faithfully was Fr. Emil Joseph Kapaun.

A few years after he was ordained, he decided to serve as an army chaplain and was eventually sent to minister to the troops fighting in Korea in 1950. During one especially fierce battle, he was given the opportunity to fall back to a safer location in the field.

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Faithful Invited to Fast and Pray the Rosary on Friday in Midst of Tensions Over Leaked Draft Supreme Court Opinion

05-10-2022News

WASHINGTON - In response to the leak of a draft opinion in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, some abortion advocates are calling for nationwide demonstrations, disruptions of church services, and the personal intimidation of specific Supreme Court justices. Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities invited the faithful to unite in fasting and prayer:

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Learn to Hear with Your Heart

05-08-2022Weekly ReflectionBr. John-Marmion Villa

When a friend describes a beautiful sunset, a picture is created in your mind. The words enable you to make meaning. When a parent reacts to a child’s artwork, meaning is created between child and parent, which can affect the child’s self-concept for a lifetime. Likewise, when a lie is spoken, a false reality is constructed that, once discovered, can rupture relationships.

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Bishop Olmsted and Bishop Nevares Join USCCB in Call to Prayer

05-04-2022News

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted and Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix join Archbishop William E. Lori and the USCCB in urging the faithful to pray for life and the Supreme Court.

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Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference Statement On Governor Ducey Signing Bill to Improve Religious Accommodations for Dying Patients

05-03-2022News

For the first time since 2014, Arizona is currently preparing to resume executions in the very near future. Unfortunately, once these executions begin it is likely many more will come in relatively quick succession.

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What We Bring to the Fire

05-01-2022Weekly ReflectionColleen Jurkiewicz Dorman

Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.” So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore, full of one hundred fifty-three large fish. – John 21:10-11

One of the stories that has earned the place of legend in my family lore is “The Time Colleen Made the Johnnycakes.”

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