Bishop Berg's Column

Everything in today’s culture leans to extremes. From extreme couponing to extreme sports. The human spirit seeks to live life on the edge, where a person feels fully alive. We like exciting things. We want to go all in. We desire to be challenged and to live as well and as fully as possible.

Saints are extreme. That’s why we should like them! They ran fast and hard at what God desired for them: love.

There is a pattern in the lives of all the saints. They had an extreme capacity for love. They desired to fall in love with Jesus and to stay in love with Him by living out the Catholic faith. Their lives were not dull. On the contrary. Their lives were like a contagious disease. If you got close enough, you too would catch the fever!

This is St. Thérèse of Lisieux, our own patron saint of the Diocese of Pueblo, to a tee. She strove for the ultimate extreme: eternity. Our blessings multiply in the hands of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In humility, go to Our Lady, who is also the Patroness of the Diocese of Pueblo and of the New Evangelization.

I invite you to dive into this edition of the magazine that is focused on St. Thérèse’s “Little Way” with her at your side. Let your companions be St. Thérèse, Our Lady, and Jesus for the weeks ahead.

Let St. Thérèse be your teacher and guide. Take her with you to work, school, the gym, road trips, on dates, or when you go shopping. She will help you shed light on the purpose of this life and awaken you to your vocation, and the vocation of all.

Do you want to live life to the full? Follow Thérèse into the way of love. There you will discover a most extreme human truth, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” (St. Irenaeus)

Please know you have my prayers as we continue to journey together.