Following is the prepared text from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s homily for the Perpetual Profession of Holy Vows by Sr. John Mark Maria to the order of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration: December 12, 2016 “I wish only to comply with the desire of my soul to be united with Our Dear Savior Jesus [...]
About Bishop Thomas J. OlmstedThe Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted is the bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix. He was installed as the fourth bishop of Phoenix on Dec. 20, 2003, and is the spiritual leader of the diocese's Catholics. Read More
Following is the prepared text from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s homily for the closing Mass of the Oct. 1 "To the End of Love" Marriage Conference: October 1, 2016 “After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; and he saw his children, his grandchildren, and even his great grandchildren.” Job 42:17 Two days ago, [...]
Read the prepared text from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted's homily commemorating Sept. 11, 2001.
Read the prepared text from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted's homily in honor of the canonization of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Neither Thomas More nor John Fisher wanted to be martyrs. They wanted to be friends of God and to be faithful to those whom God gave them to love: as a husband and father, lawyer and chancellor of England, or as a bishop and servant of the flock entrusted to his care. Both of them sought to be, as Thomas More put it, “the king’s good servant but God’s first.”
When the Lord Jesus rose from the dead, He left behind burial cloths in the empty tomb. These are not proof that Jesus rose from the dead, but they reminded Peter of Jesus’ promise, repeated on three separate occasions, that the Son of Man would suffer greatly, be put to death and on the third day rise from the dead.
To reveal the depths of His love for us, Jesus transformed the most horrifying instrument of torture into the perfect instrument of His mercy. He did this by using His freedom to love. At every moment of His suffering and death on the Cross, Jesus acted freely. He embraced His suffering, without compulsion by anyone or anything. He offered to His Father, from the Cross, the gift of redeeming the world.
Foot washing is not a tidy endeavor. People who walk barefoot or in sandals arrive with dust and dirt caked to their feet, smelling like sweaty feet smell. Foot washing was needed after a long journey but, in Peter’s mind and in the “wisdom of the day,” it was not to be done by the Master; it was the work of slaves or servants. Still, Jesus insisted (Jn 13:8), “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, it is good for all of us -- clergy, religious and laity -- to praise God for His merciful love. In a particular way, it is good for us priests and bishops to give thanks to God for the mercy He has extended to each of us personally and for the great privilege of being missionaries of His mercy at this time in history.
Today we begin the week that changed the world. But when Jesus’ suffered death on the Cross, it seemed to change nothing of importance. It only seemed to prove He was not the Son of God. How could a God of love allow His beloved Son to undergo such a horrific suffering? And why does God allow many of you to suffer?