Archive for February, 2013

Prayer and Continuity in the Eternal City

Monday, February 25th, 2013

As you may know, I have traveled to Rome to meet with our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, in the final days of his pontificate, and then to prepare for the upcoming conclave to elect the next successor of Peter. During this time, you will certainly continue to be in my thoughts and my prayers, […] [Read more]

Lent – Giving Up Something for Christ

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Lent brings us face to face, once again, with the time-honored practice of “giving up” something for the 40 days that lead to the Church’s great celebration of our redemption in the passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus.  Almost intuitively, we recognize our need for some sacrifice, some spiritual discipline in a world and life […] [Read more]

Responding to God and Opening our Hearts to Him

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

During these forty days of Lent, we are, once again, invited to draw closer to God as we make our way through life.  The Church invites us to reflect on our lives in this journey of spiritual renewal which uses prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, as noted in the Gospel reading for Ash Wednesday to help […] [Read more]

The Gift of Pope Benedict XVI

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The news that Pope Benedict XVI plans to resign at the end of this month came as a surprise and, in some ways, a shock simply because this is the first time in modern history that this has happened.  Yet, this announcement speaks to the greatness of our Holy Father and his ability to recognize […] [Read more]

President Lincoln and the Black Catholic Community of Washington

Monday, February 18th, 2013

In Washington, D.C., Abraham Lincoln looms large as the majestic statue in the Lincoln Memorial and as small as the pennies in your hand which bear his likeness. Today, Presidents’ Day, much attention will be focused on the Great Emancipator, as this year marks the 150th anniversary of his Emancipation Proclamation.  What may not be […] [Read more]

Inviting Others to Join Us on the Road of Faith to New Life in Christ

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

One of the fruits of the Second Vatican Council, the 50th anniversary of which we celebrate during this Year of Faith, was the restoration of the catechumenate  in Sacrosanctum Concilium (No. 64) and the subsequent establishment of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) to facilitate the entry of adults into the Church Universal. In […] [Read more]

Lent 2013

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Today, Catholics and in increasing numbers, other Christians, will have their foreheads marked with ashes in the form of the cross.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the holy season of Lent which will lead us to the Easter Triduum, the memorial of the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord. From time to time […] [Read more]

World Day of the Sick

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Just as the recent Catholic Schools Week reminded us of how the work of Christ the Teacher unfolds every day in our classrooms, World Day of the Sick, which we observe today, reminds us of the importance of carrying out the work of Christ the Healer. Beginning in 1992, Blessed John Paul II designated February […] [Read more]

Presentation of the Lord – World Day of Consecrated Life

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Before His Passion, Jesus said, “I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness” (Jn 12:46).  And so it is that during the Easter Vigil, in the darkness of night, the celebrating priest lights the paschal candle, saying, “May the light of Christ rising in […] [Read more]