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When my adult children were young, they would occasionally inquire on a Sunday morning when having a hard time waking up, ‘Do we have to go to Church?” To which I would reply, … more
I was standing on a furrow of stripped leaves in a sugarcane field, waiting among the workers as they gathered for the five kilos of rice we were giving each of them. Something tickled the side of … more
It’s Lent. You pass on the steak and settle for shrimp. It’s a small sacrifice — very small, even meaningless, some would say. Others think we need to ramp up the … more
CLICK HERE to read a related article.  Now that I have reached my two-year anniversary as your bishop, I find myself grateful every day for the opportunity to be the shepherd for God’s … more
Over the past few weeks, I have spent hours poring over dated files and faded pictures from some 40 years of work. There were black and white prints of people long gone, but suddenly and fondly … more
“Hey Grandpa. Come quick. You got to see this,” shouted my 3-year-old grandson. He was standing at the back door, staring out the glass panels. I got there just before his second … more
I’ve attended three funerals in five days. One was a priest of 57 years. He was challenging but rewarding. You had to slog through a slough of opinions, but the trek would often lead to deep … more
In our church, the Magi begin their journey at the far left side of the sanctuary. Over the 12 days of Christmas, they make their way across the apse, arriving at the Nativity scene just in time for … more
When men and women are trying to conquer addiction — and all its bad judgments, bad actions and bad outcomes — a punch bowl and urns of coffee are all you will find at the Christmas party … more
Advent is simple, unpretentious and sadly ignored. I often hear, “I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas.” No one, however, seems concerned about the dwindling days of … more
It was a rare late November day, unusually warm and brightly lit — one that just begged for a walk. Leaving the house, I encountered a small swarm of flies. They were flitting about, diving, … more
Reading has always been for me a way of finding how others have marked the trail. Their words often inspire my own. But there are always too many for me, so I share these for your … more
This Advent, many Catholics throughout our diocese will be participating in a four-session program called “A Steward’s Way.” We’ll be meeting in small groups in our … more
“Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth where moth and decay destroy,” Jesus said. Maybe the uncomely orbiter of light annoyed Him. Maybe He found holes in His favorite … more
I recently had reason to ask others for prayer, and it was a surprisingly tough decision. People have asked me to pray for their health, well being, better employment, employment for their kids, even … more
At our Friday group, we talk about our week. Sometimes a common theme appears. This time, a number of the guys mentioned how blessed or grateful they felt because of someone or some event in their … more
The preparation for my ad limina visit to the Holy See is well under way. In July, I submitted to Rome a 137-page report, which covers the activity of the Diocese of Jefferson City since the last … more
In August, she said she was feeling fine. In September, she died from the metastatic breast cancer she had lived with since 2002. The death of Cokie Roberts was all over the news. A journalist for … more
Guilt is a great recruiter, even on a sunny Saturday in September. There were other things that I preferred to be doing, but I hadn’t helped much lately. So there I was, standing outside of … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight issued the following letter on Sept. 13, 2019, to be distributed to parishes the weekend of Sept. 14-15: Dear Faithful of the Diocese of Jefferson City, On Friday, the Missouri Attorney General issued … more
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