Archive for May, 2013

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Today, the Church rejoices in thanksgiving for Mary’s singular cooperation with the action of the Holy Spirit.  In the Catechism of the Catholic Church we read that “the Church loves to pray in communion with the Virgin Mary, to magnify with her the great things the Lord has done for her, and to entrust supplications […] [Read more]

Memorial Day and the “Shepherd in Combat Boots”

Monday, May 27th, 2013

For many, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, a day of rest to spend with family and friends. But for all Americans, this should be a time to remember the sacrifice of those men and women who, in the words of President Lincoln, “gave the last full measure of devotion,” sacrificing their lives […] [Read more]

Golden Apples for the Teachers

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

An apple for a teacher, the traditional sign of gratitude in the classroom, will again take center stage in the Archdiocese of Washington as this month the fifth annual Golden Apple Awards are presented to 10 outstanding teachers from Catholic elementary and high schools. Like the apple placed on a teacher’s desk by a child, […] [Read more]

Homily: Opening Mass of the First Archdiocesan Synod

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Today we celebrate Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles, sometimes referred to as the birthday of the Church. If you were to envision in your minds’ eye an image of the Holy Spirit what would it be?  One very common symbol of the Holy Spirit is the dove described in the […] [Read more]

To Be the Best Church We Can Be

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

The celebration of our birthday often prompts us to spend some time reviewing the past year and setting some goals for the year to come.  Similarly, as we prepare to celebrate the great Solemnity of Pentecost on Sunday – sometimes called the birthday of the Church – the Archdiocese of Washington has been reviewing its […] [Read more]

Eternally Connected by the Bond of Love

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Mary was there at the foot of the Cross when Jesus died, but when he was lifted up to heaven, 40 days after his Resurrection, the Bible does not record his mother as being physically present (Lk 24:51-52; Acts 1:1-11).  One might think that she would want to be there to say farewell, but it […] [Read more]

The Christian Witness of Father Damien

Friday, May 10th, 2013

This is the time of year when people begin to look forward to their summer vacations.  During tourist season here in Washington, DC, the National Mall becomes a sea of humanity.  Those who visit the U.S. Capitol will find the statues of many important people in our nation’s history, among them Saint Damien de Veuster, […] [Read more]

Don’t just stand there – do something!

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

On the 40th day after he rose from the dead, Jesus appeared to the Apostles and said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).  The Lord then ascended to heaven.  Liturgically, much […] [Read more]

Theology on Tap – Meeting Young Adults Where They Are on Their Journey of Faith

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

In addition to some of the usual engagements one might expect to find on the calendar of the Archbishop of Washington – Confirmations of youth at parishes across the archdiocese, baccalaureate Masses and commencement addresses – there’s one event on my schedule that stands out from the norm: a talk on May 7 for Theology […] [Read more]

St. Joseph the Worker

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

In the chapel of the Catholic Information Center in downtown Washington, a statue depicts Saint Joseph the Worker, cradling the sleeping baby Jesus in his arms, while he himself wears an apron and belt bearing the tools of his trade as a carpenter. The feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, which we celebrate today, offers […] [Read more]