MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

Bishop of the Diocese of Colorado Springs
December 15, 2017  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

When you listen once again to St. Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus at Mass on Christmas, give some attention to the situation of the innkeeper.  


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December 1, 2017  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
The holy season of Advent highlights the Blessed Virgin Mary as the exemplar of the hopes of the people of the Old Testament. She embodies the people who wait and hope for the coming of the Lord, now and at the end of time. Hence Mary is also exemplar and Mother of the Church, the new people of God. As we renew our expectation of the coming of the Lord during this time of Advent, we look to Our Blessed Mother as our Mother, who gives us Jesus for our salvation.
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November 3, 2017  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

Several years ago in ”The Bishop’s Voice” I summarized the Church’s liturgy of funerals as well as regulations for the disposition of the remains of the deceased. Some priests and deacons have reported that there still may be some confusion about these. A brief review of the “Order of Christian Funerals” may be of help to those whose duty it is to provide for the burial of their loved ones.


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October 6, 2017  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, which gradually took form in the second millennium under the guidance of the Spirit of God, is a prayer loved by countless Saints and encouraged by the Magisterium. Simple yet profound, it still remains, at the dawn of this third millennium, a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness (St. John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae [RVM], 1)

October is the Month of the Holy Rosary, which feast is celebrated on October 7. In the years immediately following the Second Vatican Council the Rosary, a prayer treasured by Catholics for centuries, fell into widespread disuse. The Council’s laudable emphasis on the liturgy as the most important prayer of all Catholics meant, for many, that the Church was calling for less emphasis on the Rosary. “Yet, as Pope Paul VI made clear, not only does this prayer not conflict with the Liturgy, it sustains it, since it serves as an excellent introduction and a faithful echo of the Liturgy, enabling people to participate full and interiorly in it and to reap its fruits in their daily lives” (RVM, 4).

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September 18, 2017  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
The Old Testament Book of Exodus tells us the words of God’s Ten Commandments. The third commandment is: “Remember the Sabbath day in order to keep it holy” (Ex. 20:8).  Keeping the Sabbath holy is connected to remembering. Remembering what? First, God’s work of creation, but, even more importantly, the new creation in Christ’s death and resurrection.
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September 1, 2017  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Labor Day has come to be characterized primarily as the holiday which marks the end of summer. Labor Day, however, was first observed in New York in 1882 as both a tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers, as well as a workingman’s holiday — an opportunity for workers to rest from work and to enjoy the company of their families and friends. 
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August 18, 2017  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
In many respects, the laity are more active in the Church and better organized today than a generation ago.  Within secular society, lay Christians have become prominent in the fields of culture, politics and the economy. But what is distinctively Catholic about that prominence?  Where do we see Catholic values making a difference? – or Catholics themselves evangelizing and sanctifying a broken world, as the Second Vatican Council envisioned?
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August 4, 2017  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
What a wonderful moment in your young lives this is! Whether you are moving on to high school, college or the pursuit of your careers and vocations, it is both exciting and — if I remember correctly from my own experience — just a little bit frightening.
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June 16, 2017  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
As we celebrate Father’s Day, we should not forget that all human fatherhood derives from the Fatherhood of God. We speak of God as our Father, and we often use our experience of our earthly fathers to understand God as Father. But always the paradigm is the Eternal Father.
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June 2, 2017  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Spring is a time when the sacramental life of the Church is particularly evident. These are the days when we celebrate First Holy Communions, confirmations, ordinations and marriages. It is to the last of these sacraments that I devote my thoughts today.
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May 18, 2017  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Several months ago I came across an article in the official newspaper of a midwestern diocese. The article has to do with the 8th grade class of a parish school. The students were busy preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, which they would receive in the spring.
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May 4, 2017  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
One hundred years ago, on May 13, Our Blessed Mother appeared to three shepherd children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, near the little town of Fatima in Portugal. It was the first of six apparitions — one each month through the following October.
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April 20, 2017  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
(Following is the homily preached by Bishop Sheridan at last week’s Chrism Mass.)
The Scriptures of this Chrism Mass speak to us about the work of the Holy Spirit and about anointing. In the first reading Isaiah prophesies concerning the Messiah, saying: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me.”

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April 6, 2017  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
We stand once again at the threshold of our annual celebration of Holy Week, so-called because in this week we commemorate the great mysteries by which we were saved — the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This is indeed a “holy week.” It is the holiest of all weeks.
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March 17, 2017  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
The history of salvation is also the history of sin. From the very beginning, as the Book of Genesis teaches, God’s good creation has been infected by sin — the sin of Adam and Eve, which is inherited by every human being, as well as the actual sins of all those descended from those first parents.
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