Archbishop Aquila

Archbishop Aquila

Our Shepherd

The Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila is the eighth bishop of Denver and its fifth archbishop. His episcopal motto is, “Do whatever he tells you" (Jn 2:5).

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Risks for the kingdom

Anything worth doing requires risk. When Fathers Joseph Machebeuf and John Raverdy set out in 1860 for Colorado from Santa Fe, New Mexico they took a big risk, but they […]

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The Resurrection in a violent world

When Christ rose from the dead and appeared to the disciples in his glorified body, he still had his wounds. In John’s Gospel we hear Jesus speak to Thomas, “Put […]

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Easter: a time for boldness

In the first reading for Monday, April 13, we hear that just after Peter and John were freed from jail, they prayed for deliverance from the threats against them. “As […]

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Boundless mercy and two great saints

The first public trip St. John Paul II made outside of Rome after being shot in May 1981 was to the Shrine of Merciful Love in Collevalenza, Italy. The occasion […]

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Holy Week: Christian life in miniature

“Forever and ever and ever,” St. Teresa of Avila and her brother used to repeat to each other when they were little. For them, the saying was a reminder that […]

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The parish checkup and being faithful servants

Once a year we are supposed to see the doctor for a physical. He does some tests, draws some blood, and offers some advice on staying or becoming healthy. It’s […]

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Looking for modern St. Josephs

The Church will celebrate the solemnity of St. Joseph , the second greatest saint after Mary, on March 19 and that has me thinking about the need our Church and […]

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Confess and be free

“Conversation with God from the depths of the heart”—this is how the newest doctor of the Church, St. Gregory of Narek, began every one of the 96 prayers in his […]

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Coptic martyrs give us strength

During Lent we pray, fast and give alms to help us focus on the mercy and love of the Father and to weaken our attachment to sin so that we […]

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Giving up cold hearts for Lent

If we allow Christ into our hearts through prayer, fasting and almsgiving, Lent can be a time of conversion and renewal that breaks us of the indifference that Pope Francis […]

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Theology of the body outshines ‘Fifty Shades’

This past Sunday, I had the blessing of speaking to 100 natural family planning teachers about St. John Paul II’s theology of the body, which contains profound insights into human […]

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Assisted-suicide bill is bad medicine

On Tuesday, January 27 lawmakers took the first step toward legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Colorado when they introduced House Bill 1135. At a press conference organized by supporters of the […]