Archive for April, 2013

Saint Catherine of Siena

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Tweet Share54 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Saint Mark and Holy Scripture

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Tweet Share29 Pin +12 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Jubilee Religious: Milestones of Faith and Service

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Tweet Share59 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Turn to Jesus in Times of Chaos

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Tweet Share95 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Each of Our Catholic Churches Tells a Love Story

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Tweet Share9 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Homily from Mass with George Washington University Students

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Tweet Share260 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share1 Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Prayer: Our Most Powerful Tool

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Tweet Share159 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

“Go out!”

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Tweet Share63 Pin +12 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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, […] [Read more]

The Annunciation of the Lord

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Tweet Share79 Pin +12 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]