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Bishop Gerald R. Barnes

By Most Reverend Gerald R. Barnes

 Taken from Bishop Gerald Barnes’ homily at the March 19 Diocesan Mass in celebration of the inauguration of Pope Francis.

 It was a week ago tomorrow that we heard the news of who our new pope was to be and in a sense I’d like you to go back to that day only seven days ago when you heard the news - where you were and who you were with and what you felt. Last week we did something similar to this with the diocesan employees at the Pastoral Center and a few of them shared that what marked them was the simplicity of the man. Others said what really touched them was when he asked for us to pray for him and he bowed his head, the humility to ask for prayers from us for himself. Some said that it was the fact that we had an American, someone from the continent of the Americas. And others said he is Latino! And to some it was the name that he chose, Francis, and all that that means for us. Francis has always been one of the most favorite saints in our Church, because of the care he had for our earth and because of his fellowship with poverty. 

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By Most Reverend Gerald R. Barnes


 One of the greatest gifts I received from my parents was their example of hospitality and charity when it came to people in need. It was not uncommon for my dad to bring home someone from my Boyle Heights neighborhood who needed something to eat or a place to rest. My mother was always there with a warm welcome. As we reflect during this season on the story of our Lord’s birth, you could say that my folks took the lesson of Las Posadas to heart. There was certainly room at their inn.

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By Most Rev. Gerald R. Barnes


 In about a month our nation will hold a general election to decide a number of important matters facing California and the country. It is a great gift from God that we have the opportunity to elect our government leaders and help determine public policy by voting on propositions and initiatives. First and foremost, I urge you to accept this gift by participating in the election. Our Catholic faith calls us to this participation as a moral responsibility. The Bishops of the United States often refer to this as “Faithful Citizenship.”

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My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 As we prepare to enter the season of Lent, I write to you to share my thoughts and hopes for the Year of Faith and how it might be lived and celebrated in the Diocese of San Bernardino. By God’s grace, this year also coincides with the 35th Anniversary of the establishment of our diocese. On this occasion we rejoice and are grateful to God for the many who were so important in the founding and establishment of the diocese.

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By Most Reverend Gerald R. Barnes


 “For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal ( 2 Cor. 4:14-16).”

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By Most Rev. Gerald R. Barnes


 My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 In recent weeks and months we have seen reports of terrible acts of violence against innocent people. In a Colorado movie theater; at a temple of peacefully worshipping Sikhs; in Syria, where so many blameless children and families are caught in the crossfire of the political uprising, and in our own city of San Bernardino, where 30 people have already been murdered in 2012 as of this writing.

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