Entries by Becky Berreth

Why traditional marriage and families are important

The Sunday following the celebration of Christmas usually brings us the feast of the Holy Family. This feast gives families the opportunity to reflect upon the beauty of traditional marriage and the family as God has created it to be. The Son of God was born into a human family consisting of a loving mother […]

The season of Advent must be lived in gratitude

In a world filled with consumerism, materialism, and entitlement, do we really live the totality of our lives with a deep sense of gratitude? Do we spend time each and every day with the Lord in grateful contemplation? The Roman phil-osopher Cicero spoke of gratitude as not simply what we owe, but the way in […]

What can be done with God’s gift of time?

In my last month’s West River Catholic article, I put forth a true definition of stewardship and its importance for each of us in answering our call to discipleship. My purpose in doing so is to begin to “prime the pump” for the implementation of a comprehensive stewardship process in the Diocese of Rapid City. […]

Through eyes of faith we can see and believe

I began my Ash Wednesday homily talking about this wonderful season of grace and how we are being offered an invitation to enter into a very powerful period in the church year. I ended it with, “Today Jesus — the one who loves us more than we can imagine — is calling us to himself […]

Is the sacrament of penance an important part of your spiritual life?

The Cathedral was packed, I am told, for the inspiring conferences given by Matthew Kelly last month. In reading one of his books, “Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living Life with Passion and Purpose,” people will easily discover that at the heart of Kelly’s message is encouragement for all of us to “become the-best-version-of-yourself.” […]

‘We all desire a peaceful world’

Each New Year brings the expectation of a better world. In light of this, I ask God, the Father of humanity, to grant us concord and peace, so that the aspirations of all for a happy and prosperous life may be achieved. These were the opening words of Pope Benedict XVI for the Celebration of […]