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Comfort others by pointing them to Christ Print E-mail
Bishop's Column
Written by Bishop Robert C. Morlino   
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
This column is the bishop’s communication with the faithful of the Diocese of Madison. Any wider circulation reaches beyond the intention of the bishop.

Dear Friends,

If one were to put together the themes of the first reading and the Gospel from this past Sunday, Dec. 10, one might well conclude that the one who gives comfort to the people — the comforter — is St. John the Baptist. But, St. John the Baptist appears in camel’s hair.

Now, when St. John the Baptist is presented as the one who gives comfort, that is not the same use of the word as in “comfort food” — of which I have had my share. This is not the meaning of comfort at all. How can we tell that at first glance? Well, St. John the Baptist ate locusts and wild honey . . . that ain’t comfort food!

Comfort others by being strong

To comfort, in the Latin derivation, is to be “strong with.” To comfort someone is not just to make them feel good, as they might over a beautiful, and yet, light lasagna. St. John the Baptist comforted the people by being strong with them.

St. John the Baptist preached the Holy Spirit and fire. He told the people to prepare for the wrath to come.

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Bishop Robert C. Morlino Schedule Print E-mail
Bishop's schedule
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017: Present at Pope St. John Paul II Priest Training Program, Bishop O’Connor Catholic Center, Madison
7 p.m. : Address Knights and Ladies of Divine Mercy, St. Mary Parish, Pine Bluff
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, 11 a.m.,: Preside and preach at Stational Mass, St. Patrick Church, Madison
4 p.m.: Attend Lessons and Carols with the Madison Diocesan Choir and bless the Msgr. Delbert L. Schmelzer organ, Bishop O’Donnell Holy Name Memorial Chapel, Bishop O’Connor Catholic Center, Madison
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017: Staff Catechesis, Bishop O’Connor Catholic Center, Madison
12 p.m.: Preside and preach at daily Mass, Bishop O’Donnell Holy Name Memorial Chapel, Bishop O’Connor Catholic Center, Madison

 
Message for Advent: ‘Watch!’ Print E-mail
Bishop's Column
Written by Bishop Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison   
Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

Dear Friends,

We have entered into the Season of Advent. It is a short Season of Advent this year, so let’s get right to it. Our message from the Lord on this first Sunday is simple: “watch!” The Gospel of this past Sunday (MK 13:33-37) doesn’t even contain 100 words, yet, in this small discourse we hear Jesus say repeatedly, “Be watchful,” “be alert,” “watch,” “What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’”

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