“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Bishop Gerald R. Barnes
By Bishop Gerald Barnes
Pope Francis dedicated the special Year of Consecrated Life to run through World Day of Consecrated Life, celebrated in the Church on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Feb. 2, 2016. This past year was meant to call attention to religious life, for those interested in responding to God’s call, but also for the Catholic faithful to learn more about what it means to live a consecrated life for the Church and to pray for those following it
A Pastoral Letter on the Year of Mercy
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Pope Francis has called our Universal Church to celebrate a Holy Year inviting us to reflect, pray and put in action that which distinguishes us as a community of baptized and, at the same time, expresses the ideal to which we aspire: to be “Merciful like the Father.”
The following is an excerpt from Bishop Gerald Barnes’ address at the Combined Vicariate Meeting on February 11 at St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Parish, Yucaipa.
By Most Reverend Gerald Barnes
And so Pope Frances gives us the Year of Mercy, a year to reflect on that part of our identity. A year to look at how we ourselves, in the times of problems and chaos, have been touched by God’s Mercy. A year to show gratitude for all that God has given us, especially during the difficult times in our lives. We do that, personally, but we also do that as a parish, as a school, as a diocese. We are called to reflect on how we as a community have shown God’s Mercy to our sisters and our brothers. How do we do that in our service and in our ministry to others?
By Most Reverend Gerald R. Barnes
“Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back.” (Lk, 6:30)
While it is true that we are in the season of giving, the Lord’s challenge to us in Luke’s Gospel is probably not what we had in mind. Sure, we are willing to spend our money on gifts for the ones we love, and hopefully, if we are able, we offer some of our treasure to those most in need. But to those who have wronged us? That’s a more difficult proposition.
By Bishop Gerald R. Barnes
Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision more than 40 years ago the Roman Catholic Church has been one of the most vocal and dogged opponents of legalized abortion in the national consciousness. Speaking out and lobbying against this tragic taking of human life, which has claimed an estimated 50 million people since abortion was legalized, has become a passionate ministry for many.