Archive for July, 2013

The Light of Faith Shines Out to Transform the World

Monday, July 8th, 2013

On a glorious day in the Year of Faith, when Pope Francis approved the causes for canonization of soon-to-be saints John XIII and John Paul II, he also provided us with the wonderful gift of his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei. Only with the light of faith, which is capable of illuminating every aspect of human […] [Read more]

Life in Christ

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Today, we commemorate the life and death of Saint Maria Goretti, a very popular saint especially in Italy. She lived at the end of the 19th century and at the age of twelve was stabbed by a neighbor who was attempting to sexually assault her.  Maria later died of her injuries but not before she […] [Read more]

Prepared Homily: Fortnight for Freedom Closing Mass

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Four years ago I had the privilege and joy of participating in an event in southern Maryland that tells a story that we need to hear again today when we commemorate the Fourth of July, our nation’s independence, and our freedom as citizens of this great country. With pageantry and prayerful ceremony, hundreds of people […] [Read more]

Defending the First Freedom

Monday, July 1st, 2013

As we approach Independence Day this year, we have an even greater occasion to reflect on the foundational values that helped form our nation – the self-evident truth that we are all endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights.  Most especially, given the events of this past week, with the challenge to the truth […] [Read more]