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Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger

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Do you know my name?

Whatever our next step in life, our Lord is with us.

Whatever our next step in life, our Lord is with us.

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‘Who am I to judge?’

No one is beyond the love and care of the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for even his most errant sheep

No one is beyond the love and care of the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for even his most errant sheep

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Getting serious about holiness

The life of soon-to-be Saint Carlo Acutis proves that we are all called to be saints.

The life of soon-to-be Saint Carlo Acutis proves that we are all called to be saints.

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What’s wrong with me?

The commission to follow the actions of Jesus is given to you and me personally, to take to heart and to live here and now, throughout this day, this hour, this minute.

The commission to follow the actions of Jesus is given to you and me personally, to take to heart and to live here and now, throughout this day, this hour, this minute.

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Everyone leads!

All of the Catholic faithful in the Diocese of Albany must promote and support vocations.

All of the Catholic faithful in the Diocese of Albany must promote and support vocations.

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Who’s your daddy?

Place Jesus at the center of our lives and grant to him his rightful place on the throne of our hearts

Place Jesus at the center of our lives and grant to him his rightful place on the throne of our hearts

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We are not alone

The sense of being alone, even abandoned by our norms and beliefs, is pervasive.

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Statement from Bishop Scharfenberger on Local Law “D” Proposal in Albany County

Calls proposal a 'disgraceful attack on good people'

Calls proposal a 'disgraceful attack on good people'

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The wounded Body of Christ

I sincerely and readily apologize as I pledge to continue to make amends to all who have been wounded and scarred within and by the Body of Christ.

I sincerely and readily apologize as I pledge to continue to make amends to all who have been wounded and scarred within and by the Body of Christ.

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The mercy we need

We are more than anything we have done or that has happened to us. We are more than our wounds, more than our sins or anyone else’s.

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The smile of God

God’s own tender care for all creation is an ongoing act of God’s love, of God’s grace and favor that never abates.

God’s own tender care for all creation is an ongoing act of God’s love, of God’s grace and favor that never abates.

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Was the cross necessary?

Everyone must ultimately deal with this question: either Jesus is or is not who he says he is.

Everyone must ultimately deal with this question: either Jesus is or is not who he says he is.

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The image of God

In what sense are human beings made in the image of God?

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What do you want me to do for you?

If Jesus were to ask you that question, how would you answer him, now, while there is still time?

If Jesus were to ask you that question, how would you answer him, now, while there is still time?

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Elevate!

The One who invites us to an eternity of bliss himself loves to be invited by each of us to come into our hearts.

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The faces of Lent

This season is, in the long run, all about love — the love of a God who yearns for our love.

This season is, in the long run, all about love — the love of a God who yearns for our love.

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Bless that!

I hope and pray that as we enter the Lenten season, we will seek many blessings from God and, yes, from priests who are commissioned to impart blessings on their spiritual children.

I hope and pray that as we enter the Lenten season, we will seek many blessings from God and, yes, from priests who are commissioned to impart blessings on their spiritual children.

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Talk about evangelization?

Evangelization is more about walking the talk, than talking the talk.

Evangelization is more about walking the talk, than talking the talk.

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Islands of hope

I want to invite the entire Catholic community to support our families in every way possible to nurture and nourish vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life.

I want to invite the entire Catholic community to support our families in every way possible to nurture and nourish vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life.

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Callings

Every human vocation is a call from a source outside oneself, outside one’s own ego or desire.

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Christmas is a forever gift

Emmanuel means “God is with us," and that divine presence is not confined to a time, a place or a season.

Emmanuel means “God is with us," and that divine presence is not confined to a time, a place or a season.

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The whole story

This coming year, invite Jesus to stay with you, in your heart and in your everyday life.

This coming year, invite Jesus to stay with you, in your heart and in your everyday life.

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The best way to be

While Christmas may morph culturally into a season in which more goods are bought, sold and exchanged, the original meaning is that of a divine gift to us to assure of what we most need

While Christmas may morph culturally into a season in which more goods are bought, sold and exchanged, the original meaning is that of a divine gift to us to assure of what we most need

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Can prayer change God’s mind?

Maybe the best way to grasp why prayer not only is essential, but how it does indeed change things, is to realize that, at heart, it is a relationship.

Maybe the best way to grasp why prayer not only is essential, but how it does indeed change things, is to realize that, at heart, it is a relationship.

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Letting God happen

Advent is a precious invitation to let holiness happen.

Advent is a precious invitation to let holiness happen.

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Remembering why

As we share — if we are so fortunate as to share! — our Thanksgiving meal, remember why we are here.

As we share — if we are so fortunate as to share! — our Thanksgiving meal, remember why we are here.

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All about love

When a man accepts the call to Holy Orders, he is accepting a call to love.

When a man accepts the call to Holy Orders, he is accepting a call to love.

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The oldest temptation

God does truly understand the depths of any pain I or any human being might experience precisely because of the choice to enter into our wounds through Christ’s own fleshly wounds

God does truly understand the depths of any pain I or any human being might experience precisely because of the choice to enter into our wounds through Christ’s own fleshly wounds

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Overcoming evil

Evil is overcome with actions that are just, merciful and loving. Not with violence, and never with genocide, which is the gospel that Hamas and other such instruments of war proclaim.

Evil is overcome with actions that are just, merciful and loving. Not with violence, and never with genocide, which is the gospel that Hamas and other such instruments of war proclaim.

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Real Presence and Christian realism

If God gives us everything — his only-begotten Son — can there be any end to what we give back to God, to what we should give to God of ourselves?

If God gives us everything — his only-begotten Son — can there be any end to what we give back to God, to what we should give to God of ourselves?

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