Selected Works of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin: Homilies and Teaching Documents

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Joseph Cardinal Bernardin played a significant leadership role in the Catholic Church. He carried out his episcopal ministry in the light of the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and was known especially for his listening ability, gentle persuasion, compassion, and consultative style of leadership. As archbishop of Chicago (1982-1996), he wrote several pastoral letters, reflections, and statements, and also made interventions at four synods of bishops in Rome. These texts are included in this first volume of...
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Joseph Cardinal Bernardin played a significant leadership role in the Catholic Church. He carried out his episcopal ministry in the light of the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and was known especially for his listening ability, gentle persuasion, compassion, and consultative style of leadership. As archbishop of Chicago (1982-1996), he wrote several pastoral letters, reflections, and statements, and also made interventions at four synods of bishops in Rome. These texts are included in this first volume of selected works. From them the reader will gain insight into the faith, the thinking, and the ecclesial vision of this man of God who witnessed the Lord Jesus in his words and deeds.

Nearly all of Cardinal Bernardin's homilies in this book are being published for the first time. At his installation as archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Bernardin said quite simply, "I have come to Chicago with only one desire: to do all in my power to proclaim the Lord Jesus and his gospel in word and deed." He carried this out in many ways, but especially in his homilies. They attest to his spirituality, his love of Christ and the Church, his insights into the word of God, and his pastoral sensitivity. He usually used a written text, speaking in a language people could readily understand. At the same time, the simplicity of his style was matched by the eloquence of his words. While his approach was often more straightforward than poetic, he frequently used stories to make his point.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xv
Preface xix
Acknowledgments xxiv
Part 1 Teaching Documents
Introduction to Part One: Teaching Documents 3
Pastoral Letters
Our Communion, Our Peace, Our Promise (1984): Pastoral Letter on the Liturgy 11
In Service of One Another (1985): Pastoral Letter on Ministry 27
The Family Gathered Here Before You (1989): Pastoral Letter on the Church 43
A Sign of Hope (1995): Pastoral Letter on Health Care 81
Pastoral Reflections
"Christ Lives in Me" (1985): A Pastoral Reflection on Jesus and His Meaning for Christian Life 103
Reflections on Religious Life (1986) 155
The Challenges We Face Together (1986): Reflections on Selected Questions for Archdiocesan Religious Educators 171
Pastoral Statements
A Challenge and a Responsibility (1986): A Pastoral Statement on the Church's Response to the AIDS Crisis 187
"Come, Holy Spirit" (1988): A Pastoral Statement on the Catholic Charismatic Renewal 195
The Call to Service (1993): Pastoral Statement on the Permanent Diaconate 207
Here and Now (1994): Pastoral Statement on Youth 221
Building Bridges Between Communities of Faith (1996): Pastoral Statement on Parish Sharing 231
Synodal Interventions
The Sacrament of Penance in a Sacramental Church (1983): World Synod of Bishops 241
The Virtue of Penance: The Ideal and the Contemporary Reality (1983): World Synod of Bishops 245
The Church, the World, and the Kingdom (1987): World Synod of Bishops 251
Spirituality of Diocesan Priests and Celibacy (1990): World Synod of Bishops 259
Authenticity and Diversity in Consecrated Life (1994): World Synod of Bishops 265
Part 2 Homilies
Introduction to Part Two: Homilies 275
First Days in Chicago
"I Am Joseph, Your Brother": Homily, Evening Prayer with the Presbyterate, Archbishop-Designate of Chicago, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago Illinois (August 24, 1982) 281
"It Is a Spiritual Event": Homily, Liturgy of Solemn Installation of the Seventh Archbishop of Chicago, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (August 25, 1982) 289
"Christ Calls Us Who Are Many to Be but One": Homily, Mass of Greeting and Thanksgiving for the People of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois (August 29, 1982) 296
Advent-Christmas Season
Christmas Midnight Mass: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (December 25, 1986) 303
600th Jubilee of Christianity in Lithuania--First Sunday of Advent: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (November 29, 1987) 306
Simbang Gabi (Filipino celebration): Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (December 23, 1987) 310
Christmas Midnight Mass: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (December 25, 1988) 314
Christmas Day Mass: Homily, Cook County Jail, Chicago, Illinois (December 25, 1988) 317
Cathedral of St. Patrick--Second Sunday of Advent: Homily, New York City (December 9, 1990) 319
50th Anniversary of the Cana Conference--Second Sunday of Advent: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (December 4, 1994) 323
Mass of Healing--Third Sunday of Advent: Homily, Our Lady of Angels School Fire (1958), Chicago, Illinois (December 11, 1994) 326
Christmas Midnight Mass: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (December 25, 1994) 329
Christmas Midnight Mass: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (December 25, 1995) 332
Lent-Easter Season
Passion (Palm) Sunday: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (March 27, 1983) 337
Sage Chapel--Second Sunday of Lent: Homily, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (March 3, 1985) 339
Chrism Mass: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (April 14, 1987) 344
Pro-Life Pilgrimage--Fifth Sunday of Lent: Homily, Mission of Nombre de Dios, St. Augustine, Florida (March 20, 1988) 348
Easter Sunday: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (March 26, 1989) 353
Old St. Patick's Church--Third Sunday of Easter: Homily, Chicago, Illinois (April 9, 1989) 356
Mass for the Newly Initiated--Ascension Thursday: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (May 4, 1989) 359
Pentecost Sunday: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (May 14, 1989) 362
Easter Sunday: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (April 15, 1990) 365
Holy name Cathedral--First Sunday of Lent: Homily, Chicago, Illinois (February 17, 1991) 368
Passion (Palm Sunday): Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (March 24, 1991) 371
Mother's Day--Seventh Sunday of Easter: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (May 12, 1991) 373
Ash Wednesday: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (February 24, 1993) 376
Mass for the Newly Initiated--Ascension Thursday: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (May 20, 1993) 379
Fifth Anniversary of AGLO: (Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach)--Trinity Sunday Homily, Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, Chicago, Illinois (June 6, 1993) 383
Ash Wednesday: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (February 16, 1994) 386
Easter Sunday: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (April 3, 1994) 388
Annual Archdiocesan Charismatic Conference--Pentecost Sunday: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (June 4, 1995) 391
Chrism Mass: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (April 2, 1996) 394
Ordinary Time
150th Anniversary of Old St. Mary's Church: Homily, Chicago, Illinois (May 7, 1983) 401
Thanksgiving Day Liturgy: Homily, SS Faith, Hope and Charity Church, Winnetka, Illinois (November 24, 1983) 405
Mass of the Holy Spirit: Homily, Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois (September 7, 1984) 408
Scouting Mass: Homily, Church of St. Dismas, Waukegan, Illinois (September 22, 1984) 412
25th Anniversary of the Church of St. Alexander: Homily, Palos Heights, Illinois (September 23, 1984) 415
Catechists' Annual Resource Day: Homily, Chicago, Illinois (November 3, 1984) 419
Religion Enrichment Day: Homily, Chicago, Illinois (March 5, 1985) 422
Memorial Day: Homily, All Saints Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois (May 27, 1985) 426
St. Benedict's Home for the Aged: Homily, Niles, Illinois (July 3, 1985) 429
Pro-Life Mass: Homily, National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. (January 21, 1986) 432
St. Patrick's Day: Homily, Old St. Patrick's Church, Chicago, Illinois (March 17, 1986) 436
Prayer Service in Honor of Mary: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (April 4, 1986) 439
Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (April 26, 1986) 444
Religious Jubilarians' Celebration: Homily, Chicago, Illinois (December 6, 1986) 447
St. Mary of Providence School: Homily, Chicago, Illinois (April 28, 1987) 450
WEORC Retreat--32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily, Techny, Illinois (November 8, 1987) 452
National Conference of Catholic Bishops Annual Meeting: Homily, Washington, D.C. (November 11, 1987) 455
The Catholic Church Extension Society: Homily, Chicago, Illinois (May 7, 1988) 458
"Theology on Tap" Mass--21st Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (August 21, 1988) 461
Parish Visitation--31st Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily, St. Gerard Majella Parish, Markham, Illinois (October 30, 1988) 465
Mass with the Ephphetha Ecumenical Choir--13th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (July 1, 1990) 468
Mass for the Colloquy of Bishops and Scholars: Homily, Center for Development in Ministry, University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois (September 26, 1990) 471
Holy Name Cathedral--32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily, Chicago, Illinois (November 11, 1990) 473
Priesthood Ordination: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (May 18, 1991) 476
Festa Italiana--20th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily, Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois (August 18, 1991) 480
Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivists--18th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily, University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois (August 2, 1992) 482
Calvert House--28th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (October 11, 1992) 485
Diaconate Ordination: Homily, Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois (December 11, 1993) 489
Priesthood Ordination: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (May 21, 1994) 492
Church of St. Felicitas--25th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily, Chicago, Illinois (September 18, 1994) 495
Celebration of 103 Korean Martyrs: Homily, Chicago, Illinois (September 25, 1994) 498
Mass Inaugurating the New Academic Year: Homily, Casa Santa Maria dell'Umilta, Rome, Italy (October 15, 1994) 501
Holy Name Cathedral--Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily, Chicago, Illinois (February 12, 1995) 504
Special Occasions
a. Personal
Mass on the Occasion of Being Named to the Sacred College of Cardinals: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (January 5, 1983) 511
Ceremony of Taking Possession of the Titular Church, Jesus the Divine Worker: Homily, Rome, Italy (February 4, 1983) 513
Mass Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Episcopal Ordination--Fifth Sunday of Easter: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (April 26, 1986) 517
Mass Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Episcopal Ordination: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (April 28, 1991) 520
b. Archdiocese of Chicago
Liturgy for Sending Missionaries to the Diocese of Chilapa, Mexico: Homily, Chicago, Illinois (June 30, 1989) 529
Columbus Day Mass, Fifth Centenary: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (October 12, 1992) 533
Mass for the Opening of the Archdiocesan Sesquicentennial Year--Feast of Christ the King: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (November 21, 1993) 537
Liturgy by the Lake, Sesquicentennial of the Archdiocese of Chicago--19th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily, Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois (August 7, 1994) 541
Mass for the Closing of the Archdiocesan Sesquicentennial Year--Feast of Christ the King: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (November 20, 1994) 544
c. Other
50th Anniversary of the Cathedral of Christ the King: Homily, Atlanta, Georgia (May 4, 1987) 551
Funeral Mass for John Cardinal Dearden: Homily, Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Detroit, Michigan (August 5, 1988) 555
Celebration of the Millennium of Christianity in the Ukraine: Homily, National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. (November 13, 1988) 560
Diamond (75th) Jubilee of the Theological College--Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux: Homily, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. (October 1, 1992) 564
25th Anniversary Mass: Homily, National Federation of Priests Councils, Chicago, Illinois (May 4, 1993) 568
"Promoting the Common Good Through the Practice of Virtues": Homily, Red Mass, John Carroll Society, Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Washington, D.C. (October 3, 1993) 572
The Challenges of the Last Years
Priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago: Homily, Niles College Seminary, Niles, Illinois (November 19, 1993) 581
Prayer Service with the Presbyterate: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (September 25, 1995) 585
"Theology on Tap" Mass--19th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (August 11, 1996) 590
Communal Anointing of the Sick: Homily, Church of St. John de Brebeuf, Niles, Illinois (August 24, 1996) 593
Communal Anointing of the Sick: Homily Outline, Church of St. Barbara, Brookfield, Illinois (August 31, 1996) 596
St. Joseph College Seminary: Homily, Chicago, Illinois (September 5, 1996) 598
Mundelein Seminary--Mass of the Holy Spirit: Homily, Mundelein, Illinois (September 13, 1996) 601
Prayer Service with Priests: Homily, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois (October 7, 1996) 605
Church of the Queen of Angels--Feast of SS Simon and Jude: Homily, Chicago, Illinois (October 28, 1996) 609
Index 613
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