Encuentro's lessons are for everyone

Our diocese recently hosted more than 3,000 Catholics from across the U.S. at the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry in Grapevine from Sept. 20-23. We caught up with Bishop Michael Olson to get his thoughts on the four-year process which aims to develop pastoral recommendations to better serve the growing Hispanic Catholic population in the U.S., train and form more Hispanic ministry leaders, and better utilize the gifts of the Latino community.

Prayerful silence and the Prince of Peace in our world today

Just as silence enables prayer; noise provokes violence. It should not be surprising that so much of what passes currently for conversation in political discourse and in news reporting has become harsh and incendiary, a reflection of the violence that dominates us in our contemporary world.

Opening the doors to eternity

What does seeing deep into eternity really look like? It involves being able to recognize, to appropriate, and to cherish the eternal and transcendental goods of truth, beauty, and goodness. These three transcendental goods depend upon each other within the envelope of eternity.