Archive for January, 2013

Catholic Schools Week

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Five years ago this spring, Pope Benedict XVI, himself a former university professor, seemed right at home as he addressed Catholic educational leaders from across the United States who gathered in Washington, D.C., at the Catholic University of America. “Education is integral to the mission of the Church to proclaim the Good News,” said the […] [Read more]

Roe v. Wade through the Eyes of Our Youth

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

The Youth Rally and Mass for Life is one of the highlights of the ministry of the Archdiocese of Washington.  One can’t help but be uplifted by the energy and enthusiasm of the more than 35, 000 young people who fill the Verizon and Comcast Centers.  In looking out over the Verizon Center last Friday, […] [Read more]

The Next Generation of Pro-Life Disciples

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

The coming of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles in the Upper Room at Pentecost was a palpable thing, as the Acts of the Apostles 2:1-3 describes: “There came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind,” and then the Holy Spirit came to rest on each of them as tongues of fire. […] [Read more]

Seminaries of the Home

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Just before Christmas, I had the privilege of celebrating Mass and then attending a dinner for the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Washington, held at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Hyattsville, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last fall.  Then afterward, most of the archdiocese’s 76 seminarians, except those studying in Rome, posed with me for […] [Read more]

Made New Again in the Baptism of the Lord

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Last Sunday, we celebrated the Epiphany, the manifestation of the Lord to the Magi, and today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord and the revelation of the mystery of the Holy Trinity, calling us to heed the words of Jesus to go and “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of […] [Read more]

The Epiphany of the Light of Nations

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

The Solemnity that we celebrate today is called Epiphany, but this is actually the first of three epiphanies, or manifestations of the Lord, that the Church recognizes over successive Sundays.  Next Sunday, we will celebrate the manifestation of the Lord in His Baptism and then, the following week, His manifestation at the Wedding at Cana.  […] [Read more]

A New Year’s Resolution in the Year of Faith

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

It is appropriate that this is the time when people make resolutions to improve themselves in the coming year because Mary Mother of God, whom we celebrate today, forever carries with her a new beginning, who is Christ the Lord.  Most New Year’s resolutions usually involve things like losing weight, exercising more regularly or reading […] [Read more]