Archive for March, 2013

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Just over two weeks ago, we witnessed the election of a new Chief Shepherd – Pope Francis.  The Chair of Peter is once more filled.  Now on Easter Sunday, with joy and exaltation, the entire Church throughout the world proclaims once again, as it has done for two millennia, “Christ is Risen!”  You and I […] [Read more]

Holy Saturday: Learning to Live through Death

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Today, Christians awake to a silent world.  It is not a literal silence but rather a spiritual one.  We recognize spiritually the sad coldness of death.  This is the day we remember that our Lord truly died and was placed in the tomb.  This is a time for quiet reflection.  What if this were the […] [Read more]

The Royal Throne of Christ the King

Friday, March 29th, 2013

In the early morning hours of Friday, while he was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was arrested, having been betrayed with a kiss.  When the soldiers and guards said they were looking for Jesus the Nazorean, he replied, “I am” (Jn 18:5).  He was then taken before the authorities, the high priest and […] [Read more]

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper: The Story of God’s Love for Us

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

For five weeks of Lent, we prepared ourselves through works of charity, self-sacrifice and personal conversion toward God.  Now, on Holy Thursday, we enter into the Sacred Paschal Triduum with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  On this holy night, we see Jesus showing his apostles how they are to lead – through service.  Our […] [Read more]

God Forgives and Forgets

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

The Gospel reading for today, Wednesday of Holy Week, is a story of betrayal  (Mt 26:14-15), as was the Gospel for yesterday. Betrayal and denial.  Rejection and abandonment.  (Jn 13:21-33, 36-38).  Each in his own way due to pride – the pride of thinking that we know better than the Lord does and the pride […] [Read more]

The Grace and Courage to Lay Down One’s Life for Christ

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Jesus said at the Last Supper, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, though you will follow later.”  The ever bold Peter responded, “Master, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you” (Jn 13:36-37). Of course, we know that Peter spoke too soon.  He would indeed follow […] [Read more]

The Chrism Mass and the Renewal of Priests in Continuity with the Priesthood of Christ

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Each year on Monday during Holy Week, the Archdiocese of Washington celebrates the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle. For the priests of our local Church, the Chrism Mass is one of the high points of the year – at that Mass, more than 200 priests in attendance, including veteran and […] [Read more]

Walking with Jesus on Palm Sunday and Throughout Holy Week

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

It is traditional that we give up something during the season of Lent.  This year, in the Year of Faith, we did something unusual.  We “gave up” a Pope for a while.  And that time after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI took effect on February 28 was like being in the desert in a […] [Read more]

Saint Joseph and the Vocation of the Pope and All Men to Fatherhood

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

With the election of the new Pope, whose Mass of Inauguration we celebrate today in Rome, the role of Peter continues in the Church in the ministry of his successor, our Holy Father Pope Francis.  It seems particularly appropriate that this inaugural Mass would take place on the Solemnity of Saint Joseph who was declared […] [Read more]

The Rose Mass – Providing the Witness of Christ’s Love in the Healing Professions

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Just as the color of priests’ vestments can reflect the liturgical season, so too do four annual Masses named for colors highlight important work and outreach in our Archdiocese of Washington. The Red Mass, sponsored by the John Carroll Society on the Sunday before the Supreme Court begins its term on the first Monday of […] [Read more]