Welcome to my blog!

While I have enjoyed for many years writing articles and even doing a weekly television program, this is my first venture into the world of blogs.

What I would like to do in this blog is to talk about our Catholic faith, what it teaches, why it is so important, certainly to me, and why, I hope, it would be important to you.  My plan is to take some aspect of the teaching of the Catholic Church and comment briefly on it in the hope that there might be readers who would find this helpful or at least engaging.  For example, as we enter the Lenten season, I would like to share with you in the future some thoughts on what this time of penance and spiritual renewal means.

The title for the blog, “Seek First the Kingdom,” comes from the challenge of Jesus to his disciples that in the midst of all the things that make up our daily life we would keep our hearts clearly focused on something that is not as visible as the creation around us, but is every bit as real – the presence of God in our lives.  This presence we call the kingdom of God and it finds its expression in the things that we say and do.

Not all that long ago, a person asked me, “Do you really think religion brings anything to our world today?”  I responded with a question.  “What do you think the world would be like if we had not heard over and over again, century after century, the voice of religion telling us ‘You shall not kill,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ ‘Do unto others as you would have them do to you,’ ‘Feed the hungry,’ ‘Clothe the naked,’ ‘Visit the sick and imprisoned’?”  Much to my delight, that person responded, “It would be a mess.”

Into the future, with this blog, I would like to share why it is that our Catholic faith brings so much to the world around us, why we are all empowered to begin to manifest the kingdom of God and what we can do to make sure that things don’t become one great mess.

My hope is that in this digital world we will have an opportunity, as Pope Benedict XVI once said, “to meet each other beyond the confines of space” in a way that we might create “an entirely new world of potential friendships.”  It is in that context that I welcome you to this blog.

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43 Responses to “Welcome”

  1. Polly howard says:

    Congrats to you and blessings to you…. thank you for sharing with us your new blog….. we love it….
    faithfully yours…
    Polly Howard

  2. TaylorKH says:

    Thank you!

  3. Your Eminence,
    I look forward to reading your blog and I will encourgae countless others to do the same. With society becoming increasingly secular in this contemporary age, there is a need for us to “reorient society back to God.”
    DeKarlos Blackmon

  4. Thank you, Cardinal Wuerl, for undertaking this new venture into the blogosphere. May the Lord richly reward you for so blessing others.

  5. Reverend Robert Grecco says:

    Your Eminence, As always you make a point–and make it quite well. Thank you!

  6. Sherry says:

    Dear Cardinal Wuerl,

    Welcome to the blogosphere. I look forward to your future posts.

  7. Fr. Ronald Knott says:

    Dear Cardinal Wuerl,
    Congratulations and thanks for sharing your thoughts. I find your insights so helpful and sane. I look forward to reading upcoming posts.

  8. Oscar Méndez says:

    Congratulations Your Eminence,

    I look forward to you future posts in this blog. Also a suggestion maybe in the future it would be a good idea to translate your posts into Spanish so that the Latino community would also benefit from your writings and knowledge that you share with us.

  9. Katherine G ERT says:

    Thank you, Cardinal Wuerl, for entering the world of blogging. It is a great way to communicate with the people of the Archdiocese of Washington and also people around the world!

  10. Welcome to the world of blogging and I could not ask for a better person to follow, to hear from and to learn from!!!

  11. Congratulations on the blog, Cardinal Wuerl!

    We look forward to reading about how we are all empowered to begin to manifest the kingdom of God and what we can do to make sure that things don’t become one great mess.

    See you in a few weeks at our event!

  12. Msgr. Charles Pope says:

    I am glad to see this blog launched. Your recounting of the interaction with the person is a great illustration of the kind of response needed today. So many in our culture discount the role of faith and even wish to demonize it. Bottom line, we’d be in a real mess without the role of faith calling us back to what we know, deep down, is right.

  13. Father Joe says:

    I will most certainly advertise the link in the parish and on the parish web page. As with your books and television programs, I am sure that there will be a wealth of good information and food for the soul. Many prayers for the success of this new endeavor!

  14. Your Eminence, It is good to see another prominent Catholic entering the digital world, it makes the rest of us who are trying to use the New Media to spread the Good News realize that we are not alone in doing so. I look forward to reading your posts in the future. God bless.

  15. Tom says:

    I have been pleased to see the Archdiocese’s use of the Internet for evangelization. I welcome this new effort and look forward to using it regularly.

  16. Christina McClaugherty says:

    Thank you for the gift of your priesthood, and please continue to be a strong leader & advocate of our Catholic faith. We need it in these desperate times.

  17. michigancatholic says:

    Nice to see you out here on the web! Thank you, Cardinal Wuerl!

  18. Fr. Roberto J. Cortes-Campos says:

    I’m glad that you are undertaking this effort. May the good Lord bless this project and challenge us, through you, to be always faithful.

  19. COLLEEN says:

    thank you so much I have been looking for something like this to sustain me during each day.

  20. Robyn says:

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you for creating this blog. I will anxiously be awaiting your posts.

    Gods good graces on you and your new endeavor.

    South Carolina

  21. Welcome to the world of Catholic blogs. I look forward to your posts, Cardinal Wuerl. We need all the catechesis and inspiration we can get to stay on the path that leads to eternal life. Thank you.

  22. DC parishioner says:

    I am looking forward to reading your blog. It is so great to see you and the Catholic church engage with the public in this format. I believe it will go a long way in making our faith more accessible.

  23. Jennifer says:

    This is wonderful Cardinal Wuerl!
    I have enjoyed your books, and I have had the privilege of attending Masses at the Shrine and hearing your homilies. Now I will have a place to go to read your writing on a regular basis.
    This blog is going into my favorites!
    You and all our Holy Bishops are in my prayers!

  24. TeaPot562 says:

    Kind of nice that your answer to the “What does religion bring to today’s world?” query matches so well to this morning’s Gospel (Matt. 25:31-46).
    Thank you.

  25. Joyce Mary Rogers says:

    Appreciate these uplifting words and ongoing teaching about our amazing & treasured faith. Thank You

  26. Paul Johnson says:

    Cardinal Wuerl: Many years ago when I “reverted” to the Catholic Church one of my most treasured resources was The Teaching of Christ, a catechism for adults that you had no small part in creating. Thank you for helping me understand our Catholic faith more deeply and living it more fully. You are a truly gifted teacher. I am so happy to have discovered your blog and plan to visit it often. God Bless You!

  27. Tony Escobar says:

    Thank you Cardinal! Looking forward to your future blog posts!

  28. Gail Buckley says:

    Wonderful post, Your Eminence. So glad to see you posting! We are so honored to have you on our CSS Advisory Board these past nine years. You are such a blessing to the Church.

    Gail Buckley
    Catholic Scripture Study International (CSS)

  29. Catharine says:

    Your Eminence,
    Thank you for your minstry! I listened to some lectures on Church history you gave some years ago which were reproduced on cassette tape, and I learned a lot from them. I want to congratulate you on this new undertaking and wish you all the best.

  30. VistaNow says:

    Your Eminence thank you for setting sail in the digital web for the Kingdom of Heaven. I am happy to hop in and sail with you. Peace!

  31. Flo Alvarez says:

    I will be reading your blog and your book “Seek First the Kingdom”. God bless and take care.

  32. Your Eminence,

    Welcome to the blogosphere! I look forward to reading your posts.

    Best Regards,

  33. Patricia says:

    Seek… That is this blog on my Favorites bar. Good news for the end of the day.

  34. Bender says:

    Welcome Your Eminence to the land of blog.

    Especially in this time, may St. Bishop John Fisher be at your side, and you at his.

    You and all the Successors of the Apostles are in our prayers.

  35. Mark says:

    Welcome to the blogosphere, your Eminence! I think it’s a very good thing for bishops, and cardinals no less, to actively relate to the faithful via social media. My best wishes for your blog and the work you do.

  36. Gertrude Helfta says:

    Many blessings, Father! May our Lord light and direct your blog! I for sure will check in often!

  37. Elaine Gorea says:

    Thank you Cardinal Wuerl for your uplifting and helpful blog. I have added this to my “Favorites”, and will share it with others who wish to know what it means to be Catholic. God Bless you.

  38. Rachel says:

    Thank you so much for this offering of your time and gifts to us. I am in the UK and delighted that thanks to the internet I can benefit from your future postings. It is reassuring and uplifting to us lay Catholics to be supported in this way. I will be praying for this endeavour and look forward to letting my friends know about it. God Bless you.

  39. Lynn B says:

    Dear Cardinal, may God bless you in all your new endeavors! I know your blog presence will be inspiring and uplifting for the faithful – looking forward to more. You have our prayers!

  40. Rocio Rabie says:

    Your Emminence, thank you for inspiration and calling us to be better lovers of Chirst. The launching of your blog is perfect as we walk the 40 days to Easter. Your blog will make us walk firmer, stronger, more determined to encounter our Lord and Savior Easter morning. Praying for you and your staff. Thank you.

  41. Flo Alvarez says:

    I received “Seek First the Kingdom” yesterday. I Will start reading it this weekend. Thank you for a wonderful blessing!

  42. Kate Platta says:

    Thank you so much for this blessing. It was so wonderful to watch your Mass at St. Peters in Rome. It is so exciting to learn from you.

  43. Dear Cardinal Wuerl,

    Welcome to the world of blogging. I have accepted your invitation and have shared with my readers of http://www.everydayforlifecanada.blogspot.com your first entry. It’s a blessing to have a Cardinal lead the faithful on the ground but in cyberspace as well. May God bless your efforts and those that read your blog. Thank you.