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The Blessed Mother and the Holy Spirit Print E-mail
Bishop's Column
Written by Bishop Robert C. Morlino   
Thursday, May. 19, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

Dear Friends,

We are right in the middle of the month of May and this past Sunday we celebrated the great Feast of Pentecost, so what better time to say something about the Blessed Mother and the Holy Spirit?

The Blessed Mother’s relationship with the Holy Spirit is powerful and unique.

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Bishop Robert C. Morlino Schedule Print E-mail
Bishop's schedule
Thursday, May. 19, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

Friday, May 20, 2016: Z-Club vocation encounter dinner, Madison

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 7 p.m.: Celebrate Regional Confirmation, Our Lady of Assumption Church, Beloit

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 4 p.m.: Celebrate Regional Confirmation, St. Albert the Great Church, Sun Prairie

Tuesday, May 24, 2016: Blessing of new bells, St. Cecilia Church, Wisconsin Dells

 
Proclaiming the truth about the Ascension Print E-mail
Bishop's Column
Written by Bishop Robert C. Morlino   
Thursday, May. 12, 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,

Why did Christ ascend to heaven? Wouldn’t it have been nice if He had just stayed here on earth and appeared regularly for the rest of history? Wouldn’t it be nice if every so often we could go to a certain place and He would appear? Wouldn’t it be nice if the whole world simply knew the truth and would not have to seek after faith, since they would have regular audiences with Christ, our God? Wouldn’t it be nice!

What was so important that Christ, with His Father and the Holy Spirit, decided not to do it that way? What could be so important? Two things:

Christ is Eternal High Priest

First of all, the Eternal High Priesthood of Christ had to be definitively accomplished, completed, and revealed. And that Eternal High Priesthood was definitively completed and revealed only when Jesus ascended and took His place at the Father’s right hand.

It says in the Hebrew Scriptures, the one who takes his place at the Father’s right hand is, in fact, the Eternal High Priest. “The Lord said to my lord, ‘Sit at my right hand while I make your enemies your footstool . . . You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek (Psalms 110: 1, 4)’.”

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