On behalf of Bishop Nevares and all the clergy and religious of the Diocese of Phoenix, Bishop Olmsted is praying that you and your loved ones have a merry Christmas.
The days leading up to Christmas are a great time to prepare ourselves mentally and spiritually to celebrate the coming of our Lord. However, for many of us this time can be difficult when our world seems almost unrecognizable from just a year ago. We may be anxious, lonely, distressed or discouraged. How do we deal with these feelings, during a time when the Lord is inviting us to joyous anticipation of Christmas?
Bishop Olmsted urges us to keep our loved ones close to our heart this Thanksgiving, and offers up some practical tips to help prepare our hearts and minds to welcome the Lord as we enter into the Season of Advent.
Catholic schools are a great gift for our young people and their parents. Growing up, Bishop Olmsted went to a small country school with just a few students — and he and his family were the only Catholics! It was a good community and he has wonderful memories, but when he experienced Catholic education, upon entering the seminary, he was amazed at the richness of the Catholic intellectual heritage began to realize how much he had missed.
In this new message, Bishop Olmsted tells us that when we pray the Rosary and spend time in the presence of Jesus and Mary, we grow in freedom from selfishness and become freer for the worship of God and love of our neighbor. While struggling against constant attacks by the Evil One, we look with hope to the Redemptive suffering and death of Jesus, and find ready assistance in the intercession of His Beloved Mother.
Watch and Like this message from Bishop Olmsted as we prepare to resume in-classroom learning, and be sure to Share it with your family and friends!
Life is never easy in Lebanon. In addition to COVID-19, the city of Beirut has suffered an explosion that has changed the lives of thousands.
For most of you, it was the first time you experienced the holiest week of the year — not in your parish church, but in your own home. It could very well seem like our Lent has not ended, like we are still stuck in the desert.
The above quote from St. John Paul II was published in 1995, when the 4D ultrasound was not yet available, when Roe v. Wade’s pathological assault on truth was just 22 years old.
In this “Christian” race, we are not competing against one another but against the physical and spiritual obstacles that stand in the way of holiness.