Bishop's Blog

Answering Pilate

Friday, April 09, 2021
As we continue the Octave of Easter and approach Divine Mercy Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, I plan to focus on answering Pilate's question to Jesus in John 18:38 "What is truth?"The ignorance and arrogance of Pilate is on full display as he faces Jesus Christ who is truth... Read More

Focus on the Family & Domestic Church this Easter

Thursday, April 01, 2021
A Blessed Triduum to all in East Texas,I will be joining all of our priests throughot the diocese by offering the liturgies of the Easter Triduum and praying for every domestic church, every household in the Diocese of Tyler. I encourage individuals and families to consider how they can make the... Read More

Confession and Divine Mercy Sunday

Monday, March 29, 2021
As we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord this Easter I make a special call for all of us to celebrate the Sacrament of Confession sometime prior to Divine Mercy Sunday on April 11. The human family is very much in need of the abundant mercy that our loving God... Read More

Saintly Insights for Holy Week

Saturday, March 27, 2021
Saint John Henry Newman wrote these words about 170 years ago regarding the feeling of a great Cathedral. Although I consider our Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to be a gem, some of what Saint John Henry evokes is not our reality. As we enter into Holy Week it is... Read More

Inspiration from St. Louis de Montfort

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
St. Louis de Montfort lived in the 17th and early 18th century and he was known as a holy confessor and preacher.  This quote from his time speaks to our time also.  Let us live in the Spirit he suggests "the holy names of Jesus and Mary" on our hearts.The... Read More

A Gathering of Domestic Churches- families of faith

Monday, March 01, 2021
You may have read about the initiative called Veritatis Splendor and I wanted to share some information about what it is.Veritatis Splendor is an inspiration of several Catholic families who are moving to East Texas. They desire to establish a community of Catholics & anyone who is committed to Jesus... Read More

Urgent Call for Prayer and Action

Friday, February 26, 2021
Brothers and Sisters in the Lord Jesus,I hope you are aware of the Equality Act that Congress is presently considering and the destructive elements of this legislation. The bishops of the United States have composed a statement calling for the faithful to speak clearly against this Act. I echo their... Read More

Wonderful Images of St. Joseph and Jesus

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Just to share another beautiful image of St. Joseph as we continue our journey through this year in his honor.As we encounter these beautiful paintings depicting the relationship between a father and son let us pray for all fathers and sons in our world. Too often this is a relationship... Read More

Flip Flopping Right and Wrong

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
This is a quote from a book that I am currently reading.  It has not yet been published but the author speaks the truth in meaniful and significant ways. I look forward to encouraging that others read this book when it is published.This quote highlights a dangerous trend that we... Read More

A change of language

Friday, February 05, 2021
A friend sent this beautiful sunset (or sunrise) image recently and I thought it would be a good image to accompany the thoughts I share here. When a child is conceived in the womb of his/her mother God is saying yes to life, yes to a brand new person beginning... Read More