Last night as we celebrated Solemn Vespers with Bishop Cullen and Bishop-Elect Barres, one could not help but ponder the challenges which await the new bishop of the Allentown Diocese. Of course, with such events come pomp and circumstance, however the "honeymoon" will be short lived for this shepherd. As with any public official, religious or political, the critics will soon circle --- "Where the body is, there the vultures will be gathered together." Luke 17:37
Lord, Jesus Christ,
You sent Your apostles to proclaim
the Good News with Peter as their head,
and You strengthened them
with the Holy Spirit.
Remind us that our bishops are
appointed by the same Spirit
and are successors of the Apostles
as pastors of the souls.
Together, with the Pope
and under his authority,
they have been sent throughout the world
to continue Your work.
Help our Bishop
to teach all members of the Diocese,
to sanctify them in truth
and give them Your nourishment.
Make us obey His teachers
and love him as the Church
obeys and loves You.
May we remain united with him,
growing in faith and love,
and attain eternal life with You. Amen.
Today as we witness the ordination and installation, I will be praying that the cares of the diocese do not weigh heavily upon Bishop Barres. May he be able to rest in the peace of the Spirit each night and wake to the guidance of the same Spirit each day.
Ad Multos Annos, Bishop Barres!