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By Bishop Gerald R. Barnes

 Beginning with the moment he called Peter and Andrew to follow him in ministry, the Lord Jesus did not hesitate to ask those he encountered to embark on a new path in their life. Those many moments throughout the scriptures, from Peter to Zacchaeus to the woman at the well to Paul, inspire us to be open to the transformation that Jesus offers us in our own lives.

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The following is an excerpt from Bishop Gerald Barnes’ address at the Combined Vicariate Meeting on February 11 at St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Parish, Yucaipa.

By Most Reverend Gerald Barnes

 And so Pope Frances gives us the Year of Mercy, a year to reflect on that part of our identity. A year to look at how we ourselves, in the times of problems and chaos, have been touched by God’s Mercy. A year to show gratitude for all that God has given us, especially during the difficult times in our lives. We do that, personally, but we also do that as a parish, as a school, as a diocese. We are called to reflect on how we as a community have shown God’s Mercy to our sisters and our brothers. How do we do that in our service and in our ministry to others? 

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By Bishop Gerald Barnes

 Pope Francis dedicated the special Year of Consecrated Life to run through World Day of Consecrated Life, celebrated in the Church on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Feb. 2, 2016. This past year was meant to call attention to religious life, for those interested in responding to God’s call, but also for the Catholic faithful to learn more about what it means to live a consecrated life for the Church and to pray for those following it

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By Most Reverend Gerald R. Barnes

 “Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back.” (Lk, 6:30)

 While it is true that we are in the season of giving, the Lord’s challenge to us in Luke’s Gospel is probably not what we had in mind. Sure, we are willing to spend our money on gifts for the ones we love, and hopefully, if we are able, we offer some of our treasure to those most in need. But to those who have wronged us? That’s a more difficult proposition.

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