Archive for April, 2013

Saint Catherine of Siena

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Part of the Easter season is a celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism.  At each Mass, the Easter Candle is lit, and the baptismal font is placed front and center or richly decorated throughout the fifty days of Easter.  In Baptism, we receive the gift of new life won for us in Jesus’ death and […] [Read more]

Saint Mark and Holy Scripture

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Today, we celebrate the feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist, who is symbolically depicted in Christian literature and art by a lion.  Saint Jerome reports that “Mark the disciple and interpreter of Peter wrote a short gospel at the request of the brethren at Rome embodying what he had heard Peter tell.”  In his first […] [Read more]

Jubilee Religious: Milestones of Faith and Service

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Today, the Archdiocese of Washington celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Vocations with a Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in downtown Washington, D.C., honoring 14 area women and men in consecrated life who are marking milestone anniversaries. These jubilarians come from many different backgrounds and represent numerous religious communities, and […] [Read more]

Turn to Jesus in Times of Chaos

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Sometimes the events of our lives and the world can make us feel as though we live in the midst of uncontrolled chaos and darkness, whether at the hands of others or as a result of accidents or acts of nature.  This week is certainly one of those times as we have witnessed the devastating […] [Read more]

Each of Our Catholic Churches Tells a Love Story

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

This is a special moment in the life of the Catholic Church, as we carry out the work of the New Evangelization by deepening and sharing our Catholic faith, and as we celebrate a Year of Faith coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Our Archdiocese of Washington, meanwhile, […] [Read more]

Homily from Mass with George Washington University Students

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

On Sunday, April 14, I delivered the following homily at a Mass with GWU students in support of their chaplain, Fr. Greg Shaffer. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, it is always a pleasure for me to come to this campus ministry program Mass here at Saint Stephen’s Church that serves all of you who are […] [Read more]

Prayer: Our Most Powerful Tool

Monday, April 15th, 2013

The news of the explosions today in Boston has stunned us all. We grieve for those killed and join with people of all faiths in praying for them, for the wounded in the attack, for their family members and friends and for the first responders and emergency workers tending to the injured. Our most powerful […] [Read more]

“Go out!”

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

At his first general audience on March 27 in Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis repeated a phrase worth remembering and living: “Go out!” A few days before Easter, our new Holy Father was reflecting on what it means to live our faith during Holy Week, and in a deeper sense, to walk with Jesus every […] [Read more]

The Annunciation of the Lord

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Today, the Church celebrates the Annunciation of the Lord.  Normally, this Solemnity is observed on March 25, but because that day fell within Holy Week this year, the celebration has been transferred to today.  For most of the year, the Church gathers each day to pray the Angelus, except during the Easter Season, when the […] [Read more]