Today the Church raises up for us the Nativity, the Birth of John the Baptist. Most often saints are raised up for our reflection on the day they died or when some suggest they were born into eternal life. Thus this focus on the birth of John the Baptist is unusual and therefore noteworthy. The […]
A list of homilies delivered by Bishop Paul Swain.
Thank you for being with us as we celebrate this Red Mass at which we pray in a special way for the guidance of the Holy Spirit for those who serve in public office and those who make possible our legal system which is so essential to stability in society.
The parables of the seeds in today’s Gospel by which Jesus teaches and challenges us are recognizable to us here in South Dakota especially in this time of year when we see after spring planting the early signs of growth in the fields. We can envision the corn and sunflowers and soybeans and other crops […]
Today’s readings make clear the presence of evil in the world, and also makes clear that the antidote, the answer to evil is knowing Jesus Christ who overcame evil to save us. How humbling and how hopeful is that truth. The reality of evil is noted in the first pages of Sacred Scripture as the […]
Last week when we raised up the sacred truth of the Holy Trinity we reflected on why we make the sign of the cross. Today as we raise up the sacred truth of the Holy Eucharist, we might reflect on why we genuflect when we enter a Catholic church. The reason is simple. We bend […]
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Our gospel reading is the conclusion of the gospel of Matthew when Jesus missioned the apostles to “Go out to all the world and baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” He then ascended. This […]
Veni, Sancte Spiritus, Come Holy Spirit, we pray. How does the Holy Spirit come? In the reading from the Acts of the Apostles He comes through driving wind and tongues of fire. In the Gospel of John, He comes in the peaceful breath of our Lord. The dove is often associated with the Spirit. I […]
“Go out to the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature”, Mark declares Jesus commissioned his disciples just before he ascended, when the Risen Christ returned to the Father. To recognize the importance and spiritual beauty of the Ascension we need to see it in the fullness of salvation history. Jesus’ descent to […]
Thank you hardy souls for praying with us today. For those joining us by way of television and social media and wonder where all the people are, you should know that as this Mass is being prayed and recorded, we are in the midst of a blizzard with heavy snow and strong winds. It is […]
He is risen; he is risen indeed. That is a common Easter greeting and response of believers around the world. It is the essential declaration of our faith. He is risen and the world is changed forever. May we too be changed because we know that He is risen. A blessed and joyful Easter to […]