Do you live each day as if it's your first, last and only day? This weekend in his homily, Bishop explained the importance of seizing each day and living intentionally. With the recent passing of Bishop Peter Muhich, bishop of the Diocese of Rapid City, Bishop DeGrood reflected on Bishop Muhich's dedication to the Church and to the faithful, even while in hospice. Inspired by Bishop Muhich's faith and love to the end, Bishop DeGrood encouraged us all to seize each day and live each day as if it's our first, last and only day.
Do you struggle to give to others, or give back to God? Do you prefer to give the small coins? This weekend in his homily, Bishop reflected on his childhood when he would always choose to give the small coins to the family Rice Bowl. As time went on, God showed him the joy that comes with giving generously. As our diocese prepares for our annual Catholic Family Sharing Appeal (CFSA), Bishop asks everyone to consider how the ministries funded through CFSA can bless others and give to the glory of God.
Life is filled with trials and sufferings. Job experienced great suffering in his life. Jesus suffered too. Our lives, too, are filled with hardships. But what are we going to do with our suffering? This weekend in his homily, Bishop encouraged us to not fall into the lies and traps of the world, but to turn to God and offer him our sufferings and to rise above difficult circumstances.
While Roe v. Wade has been overturned, the fight to protect life is far from over. This weekend in his homily, Bishop reminded us of the inherent dignity of every human life from the moment of conception to natural death, worthy of protection at every stage. Now there is a new threat against the unborn in South Dakota. A petition circulating the state that is presenting itself as a pro-life, pro-family measure is anything but. If put on the ballot and passed, this amendment would codify abortion into our state constitution and our pro-life laws would be stripped and there would be no common sense laws that could be passed to protect mothers and their unborn babies. To do our part, Bishop is encouraging the faithful to pray, fast, offer…
Whether we like it or not, we need to learn the virtue of obedience. Luckily we have the perfect model of obedience, Jesus. As humans, we struggle with obedience because it calls us to be humble. This past weekend in his homily, Bishop explained why obedience is crucial to our lives, and why it is a grace. He also explained how without obedience we will struggle to be virtuous parents, teachers, leaders and employees. With the example of the holy family, we too can learn to be obedient to God.
We are all in need of God's love, mercy and grace. He wants to bless us. This weekend in his homily, Bishop explained what blessings are, why sin cannot be blessed, the key factors of blessings, what makes them valid, and why repentance and the desire for conformity to what God has revealed to us matter in receiving a blessing.
Has God placed it on your heart to visit the sick or imprisoned? Or to help those in need, or defend the defenseless? Have you responded to God's promptings? As baptized Christians, it is our call and responsibility to bring Christ to others. This weekend in his homily, Bishop explains the importance of heeding God's promptings, and assures us it is never too late to respond to God's call. Will you answer God's call and bring Christ to those who need him the most?
Being responsible for another should be a sobering reality. Parents know this reality very well, but this responsibility comes in many forms. Business owners know this reality in managing their employees, as do children who care for their parents. Bishops and priests feel this too as they guide the faithful on the journey to heaven. But can the prestige of authority get to our heads like the Pharisees? This weekend in his homily, Bishop reflected on the necessity of remaining humble in positions of power and authority, and how the most humble among us can remind us of what it is to be grateful and humble.
One of the many struggles we face today is living out our identity as God created us, as his beloved sons and daughters. It can also be a struggle to respect the identity of who others are as God created them. It can be easy to convince ourselves of false identities about ourselves, or others. This weekend in his homily, Bishop reminded us that when we stay rooted in our identity from God, we can know who we are and be able to see others for who he created them to be.
Do you or someone you have difficulty being selfless and sacrificial? In his homily this weekend, Bishop reminded us that what is "right and just" does not always mean what "good for me." Rather, we are called to seek for what is good for others. Bishop also reflected on a childhood memory and shared with us that it is through charity and doing what we would rather not do that we can help break our habits of selfishness.