From the Bishop
Let’s promote eschatological awareness Print E-mail
Bishop's Column
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 -- 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,

The word “eschatology” points to the last things -- death, judgment, heaven, and hell. In a certain sense, it’s the most important part of our faith.

Why did God make us? God made us to know, love, and serve Him in this world and to be happy with Him forever in the next! And of course, what is seen in this world passes away, but what is unseen in the next world is eternal. And what is eternal obviously takes priority over what is temporal, what is time-bound.

Most important part of our faith

So the eschatological dimension of our faith is most important, and yet most Catholics don’t consider it very often. Recent surveys reveal that most Catholics are unsure as to whether there is life after death. Many Catholics think that it’s all over with our bodily death here.

That’s terribly sad, and troubling, and it’s partly why I’ve been focusing on eschatology of late. Lacking a proper understanding of eschatology skews our entire perspective on life and reality.

One tendency for those who lack a proper perspective vis-à-vis eschatology is to be completely wrapped up in improving things in this world, without reference to the things of eternity. Of course we want to improve things in this world and, in fact, we need to work hard to improve them -- that’s part and parcel of knowing, loving, and serving God in this world.

Bishop Morlino Schedule Print E-mail
Bishop's schedule
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

Tuesday, Oct. 25, to Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016: Wisconsin Catholic Conference Board meeting, Milwaukee

Catholic Charities Sunday Print E-mail
Bishop's Letter
Thursday, Oct. 06, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

Dear Friends in Christ:

As Bishop of Madison, I am pleased to designate Sunday, October 16, as Catholic Charities Sunday in the Diocese of Madison.

Catholic Charities Madison has provided almost 70 years of service to parishes and communities throughout the Diocese. Catholic Charities’ ministry embodies our Catholic values, teachings, and traditions. As the charitable arm of the Church for the Diocese of Madison, they reach out to, and assist people who are hungry, who are disabled, who need mental health or family counseling, or who seek help with alcohol or drug abuse.

On this occasion, we recognize the good works that Catholic Charities does to fulfill the Church’s role in the mission of charity by providing compassionate, caring services to all God’s people.

This is an opportunity to reflect on the Gospel and the call of Jesus Christ to serve those in need. Let us join with Catholic Charities in reducing poverty, promoting human dignity, supporting families, and inspiring communities to compassionate service. Let us reflect on our personal responsibility and that of our parish community to participate in the outreach of the Church through the opportunities afforded us by Catholic Charities.

In the words of Pope Francis, “How beautiful it is to love one another as true brothers and sisters. How beautiful! Let’s do something today.”

Please continue to pray for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Madison and particularly on Catholic Charities Sunday – October 16, 2016.


Faithfully yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino
Bishop of Madison