VOICES

The human face of God

“The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.’” (Luke 2:10-12)

Live in the light of Christ

I had very little appreciation for the summer and winter solstices until I lived in Alaska. As we all know, the earth makes one revolution around the sun every 365 days. Due to the tilt of the earth on its axis, the northern hemisphere is closest to the sun during the summer, and furthest during the winter. The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year and the longest night. It marks the transition to lengthening days and shorter nights.

Rediscovering our greatest identity and mission in Christ

One thing I’ve regularly heard since my arrival in Seattle is a desire on the part of our people to see a renewal of the life of the Church. While I recognize we face challenges, both within and outside of the Church, what I primarily hear is a desire for us to recover our fundamental identity in Christ, and to live out the basic mission of the Church, which is to proclaim Jesus Christ and his gift of salvation to the world.

Relativism and indifference

The astonishing advancement of science, technology and social changes has equipped us with an unprecedented individual and personal power to influence the history of humanity. This is a treasure of gigantic proportions that we are yet unable to grasp.

Building the Kingdom of God together

As I begin my time with you as your archbishop, I am so grateful for the warm reception I have received. I am truly enjoying my travels around the archdiocese, meeting so many people and getting to know our parishes and communities. Please be patient with me as I learn our history, and please continue to pray for me that I may always be open to the promptings and inspirations of the Holy Spirit as together we seek to discern, define and fulfill the mission that is ours from the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

Pope Francis’ call to action on the climate crisis

In May of 2015, Pope Francis released his encyclical Laudato Si’, the Italian title taken St. Francis of Assisi’s beautiful “Canticle of the Creatures”: “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs.”