Archive for February, 2013

Prayer and Continuity in the Eternal City

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Tweet Share Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Lent – Giving Up Something for Christ

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Tweet Share29 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Responding to God and Opening our Hearts to Him

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Tweet Share11 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

The Gift of Pope Benedict XVI

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Tweet Share24 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleThe 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 […] [Read more]

President Lincoln and the Black Catholic Community of Washington

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Tweet Share74 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

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

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Tweet Share Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Lent 2013

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Tweet Share4 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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, […] [Read more]

World Day of the Sick

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Tweet Share1 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleJust 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. […] [Read more]

Presentation of the Lord – World Day of Consecrated Life

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Tweet Share51 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]