See also past columns and past letters by Bishop Donald J. Hying.

From the Bishop
Thanksgiving: A reminder that all received is a gift meant to be cherished, celebrated, and shared Print
Bishop Hying's Column
Written by Bishop Donald J. Hying, Bishop of Madison   
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

Thanksgiving Day has remained a simple holiday. No gifts, candy, decorations, or seasons are attached to it. Family and friends simply gather for a meal on the fourth Thursday of November to give thanks to God and one another, rejoicing in the many graces and blessings that we have received from the hands of the provident and loving Lord of the feast.

For us, as Christians, thanksgiving is not simply a day on the calendar but rather a whole way of life.

Bishop Donald J. Hying Schedule Print
Bishop's schedule
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, 7 a.m.: Relevant Radio live interview; Attend Madison Diocesan Ministers Association meeting, Holy Name Heights, Madison

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 10:15 a.m.: Celebrate Mass, Holy Family Church, La Valle; 2 p.m., Celebrate Mass for 150th Parish Anniversary, St. William Church, Paoli; 6:30 p.m., Celebrate Mass in Spanish, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Madison

Monday, Nov. 25, 2019: Tour Catholic Charities Facilities in Beloit and Janesville

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 10 a.m.: Celebrate Mass and visit school, St. Dennis Parish, Madison

Time is ticking away: thoughts on life and death Print
Bishop Hying's Column
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 -- 12:00 AM
Bishop Donald J. Hying's column

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live differently?

Such a question may seem strange, but it is one I think about once in a while. Perhaps, I would live fearlessly; knowing how much time I have left would enable me to take risks and face danger more boldly.

If I was facing a premature death, would that knowledge painfully shadow my thoughts and feelings every day? If I was blessed with a long life, maybe I would be tempted to put off conversion, foolishly thinking I have so much time to pull things together.

Obviously, all of these questions and thoughts are moot, since we know neither the day nor the hour of our passing from this life.