Entries by Laurie Hallstrom

We can become instruments of God’s grace

  How did you do last month with my challenge? If you remember, I encouraged you to invite your neighbor over for dinner and dessert, to strike up a conversation with someone you do not know and to introduce yourself to a stranger or a visitor in your parish. Hospitality is all about invitation, and […]

Court decision troubling for traditional values

As we all know, on June 26 a deeply divided United States Supreme Court issued a morally tragic ruling for our country and its future by redefining marriage. This ruling will force all states to license and recognize marriages between two persons of the same sex. As I have had time to reflect upon this […]

The Summit: Let us reach for a vibrant faith together

This past summer I was invited to go rock climbing with Anders family. This was the first time I’d ever been rock climbing and honestly, I was quite nervous, especially when Cameo turned to me, “Okay, Father Mark, it’s your turn.” Shortly after her invitation, I was harnessed and ready to begin the climb, an […]

Your input and vision are important to planning

Where are we going? What is the vision? How are we going to get there? These questions often surface as a company or institution looks toward the future. They are important questions upon which to reflect. Now that I have been here for almost four years and have some experience behind me, these have become […]

Pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit

Happy Easter to all of you! I hope and pray that the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter were inspiring and life-giving. We would be remiss though if we left this great celebration of resurrected life in the past as just another Sunday in the church year. The Easter season, this time of grace, spans fifty […]

Dividing the human family blots out God’s image

“Native students racially harassed, sprayed with beer at Rush game.” This was a headline in the Rapid City Journal back in January — a description of awful racism and a violation of human dignity. My heart goes out to those young people and the adults with them who experienced such behavior aimed at them because of […]

Open your heart to Jesus, he will do the rest

As (Jesus) drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace — but now it is hidden from your eyes” (Lk 19:41-42). These words make very real the heart of the season we are now entering. The words of Jesus can be very […]