Archive for July, 2012

The Aurora shootings

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

As an archbishop who has celebrated Masses in Washington, D.C., to pray for an end to violence in our community, I grieve for the 12 people killed in the recent movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colorado. I join people of all faiths across our country in praying for them, for the 58 people wounded in [...] [Read more]

The Bible as Summer Reading – Praying with Sacred Scripture

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

For many people, part of planning for vacation is heading off to the bookstore or the library or logging on to Amazon.com to purchase books for your reading pleasure. Some people work on a list throughout the year and know exactly what they want to read. Others like to browse and see what captures their [...] [Read more]

Lectio Divina

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

As a means of discovering or re-discovering the importance of God’s Word in our daily lives, we might consider an ancient but always timely Church practice called Lectio Divina.  In his Apostolic Exhortation, The Word of God, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, speaks of Lectio Divina as the reflective and prayerful reading of Sacred [...] [Read more]

Remembering Who We Are As Catholics and Americans

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Today, Catholics from all backgrounds and all walks of life gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., for the closing Mass of the Fortnight for Freedom. I had the privilege of celebrating that Mass, and Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered the homily. [Read more]