magnanimous musings

I would like to share with all of you weekly some thoughts on the Scriptures as to how they can open for us the way to move from pusillanimity (smallness of soul) to magnanimity (largeness of soul) in our spiritual journey. I have entitled this column Magnanimous Musings. 

 – Fr. John Robert Skeldon, Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick Cathedral


Musing 03 11 18.B  |  4th Sunday of Lent

“For God so loved the world…” (John 3:16). This most famous of biblical texts lies at the heart of the gospel passage for this 4th Sunday of Lent, which the tradition of the Church calls Laetare Sunday, the Latin imperative for Be happy! It is sort of a midpoint in the season of Lent, this season of repentance and metanoia. We have every reason to be happy, as the great feast of Easter and the victory of Christ’s resurrection draws ever closer once again.

The greatest reason we have, as human beings, for being happy is that God indeed does love the world: God who is “rich in mercy” as the second reading from the letter to the Ephesians says; God who “had compassion on his people and his dwelling place” as the first reading from the second book of Chronicles relates. Human beings—all of us—do not have to weep any longer, hanging up our harps on the trees of a foreign land (see the responsorial psalm: Psalm 137). We can be happy, because “God gave his only begotten Son so that whoever puts his faith in him might not perish, but rather might have eternal life.” God does not want us to perish; he wants us to truly be alive…to live eternally. So what are we waiting for?, as Pope Francis asks. Be happy then!

About Fr. john robert

FR. JOHN ROBERT SKELDON (he goes by Fr. John Robert) comes to St. Patrick's from St. Bartholomew's on the south side of Fort Worth where he served as pastor for two years. He's had a few health problems that have necessitated becoming a parochial vicar (associate pastor) again. He is very open to this change, and all is good. He is grateful to Bishop Olson and Fr. Sojan for this change in assignment.

Originally from San Antonio, Fr. John Robert moved to the DFW area when he was 15 and finished high school at Trinity High School in Euless (1991). His home parish was St. Michael's in Bedford. After his freshman year in college, he entered seminary for the diocese of Fort Worth at Holy Trinity Seminary while obtaining his BA in philosophy from the University of Dallas (1995). He then pursued graduate theological studies at St. Mary's Seminary in Houston, obtaining his MDiv in 2000. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Fort Worth by the late Bishop Joseph Delaney on May 27, 2000.

Over his 16 years of priesthood, he has served as a parochial vicar at St. Matthew's in Arlington, St. John the Apostle in North Richland Hills and St. Michael's in Bedford. He was briefly administrator for St. Jude's in Mansfield and his first pastorate was at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Wichita Falls (2007-2011).


In 2011 he went back to school, studying biblical theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He was there for 2 1/2 years before coming back to the diocese. He was briefly in residence at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Grapevine before being assigned as pastor to St. Bartholomew.

Fr. John Robert has a passion for teaching adults theology, in particular the Bible. He loves literature, the symphony, fishing, movies and his two cats Adeodatus and Portia. He is very happy to be coming to serve God's people at St. Patrick's Cathedral.