See also past columns and past letters by Bishop Donald J. Hying.

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This Advent, invite the Lord to enter in Print
Bishop Hying's Column
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying, Bishop of Madison   
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

In my columns during the season of Advent, I am reflecting on the Kerygma, the basic proclamation of the Gospel in its essence.

Last week, I pondered the first part of this Good News, which is the radical, unconditional, and eternal love of God for us, a love that we cannot even begin to grasp! Our experience of the Lord’s saving mercy is the basis of our spiritual response to God’s remarkable initiative, as Jesus breaks into our lives in all joy and promise.

Bishop Donald J. Hying schedule Print
Bishop's schedule
Written by Pam Payne   
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019: Papal Audience with Pope Francis, Vatican City, Europe

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, 1 p.m.: Celebrate Mass in Spanish, St. Henry Church, Watertown

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019: Meet with St. Paul Catholic Foundation Board, St. Paul University Catholic Center, Madison; 6:30 p.m.: Offer Advent reflection, St. Ignatius Church, Mount Horeb

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, 7:30 p.m.: Speak at Dead Theologians Society meeting, St. Mary Church, Pine Bluff

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, 7 a.m.: Live Relevant Radio interview; 8:15 a.m.: Celebrate Mass and visit classrooms, St. Francis Xavier Parish, Cross Plains

If you had five minutes to speak about your love of Christ, what would you say about your belief? Print
Bishop Hying's Column
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 -- 12:00 AM
Bishop Donald J. Hying's column

The kerygma also reminds us of other key Scriptural figures -- Peter standing up in the streets of Jerusalem on the feast of Pentecost to proclaim the resurrection of Jesus for the first time; Paul preaching the meaning of faith in Jesus as Lord and Messiah, and his letters as thoughtfully theological follow-ups to the kerygma.

Proclaiming the Gospel

The task of every vocation in the Church, from those in Holy Orders to the Religious to the lay faithful, is to proclaim the Gospel. This mission is the fundamental purpose of the Body of Christ.

Advent is a significant moment for us to go back to the basics of our faith. Who is Jesus for us? How have we experienced him? How do I grow in my relationship with the Lord? How do I better proclaim the love, mercy, and forgiveness that I have experienced flowing from his merciful heart?