Archive for September, 2013

The Archangels – Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Carved in white carrara marble from the same region in Italy where Michelangelo chose the marble to sculpt the Pieta, his David, and the Moses which now stands in my titular church in Rome, Saint Peter in Chains, the striking statues of the archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel support the altar at Saint Raphael Church […] [Read more]

Caritas

Friday, September 27th, 2013

It has been said that no man is an island.  While each of us can claim a unique identity and a personal relationship with God, we are nonetheless called to live out our lives in relationship with others. All human community is rooted in God’s plan that brings us into ever-widening circles of relationship – […] [Read more]

Padre Pio and Our Spiritual Journey to Holiness

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

One of the most popular pilgrimage sites in Italy today is San Giovanni Rotondo where, for 50 years, Padre Pio, now Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, was dedicated to a ministry of healing, both body and spirit.  Consumed by a longing to care for souls, he spent many hours each day hearing confessions and praying.  He […] [Read more]

Our Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Today, the Feast of Saint Matthew offers us a chance to reflect on our own Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle which is my special church as Archbishop of Washington and the home church of our family of faith in this archdiocese. The word “cathedral” itself takes its name from the bishop’s teaching chair (kathedra, […] [Read more]

Open the Door of Faith

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Today in parishes all over our archdiocese, hundreds of men and women who serve as catechists in our religious education programs will be commissioned for service. This year’s theme, “Open the Door of Faith,” celebrates not only The Year of Faith but also how learning deepens faith and fosters an encounter with the risen Lord. […] [Read more]

Catholic Education: Looking to the Future with Confidence and Hope

Friday, September 13th, 2013

First, Jesus invited his disciples to follow him.  Then, before he ascended into heaven, he called them to be his witnesses, to bring his Gospel to the world.  That great commission is our call today, as we undertake the work of the New Evangelization, to deepen our Catholic faith, grow in conviction of its truth, […] [Read more]

Being Prepared Through Prayer and Trust in God

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Life as you know it, as you had planned it, can change in an instant.   In recent years, we have witnessed homes and entire communities devastated by natural disasters, as well as school shootings and other acts of criminal violence.  Many have experienced the death of a loved one, the personal diagnosis of a fatal […] [Read more]

Joined in a Prayer for Peace

Friday, September 6th, 2013

As you may know, Pope Francis has proclaimed tomorrow, September 7, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world. He reminds us that peace is a precious gift that needs to be promoted and protected. As citizens of the United States, we have particular responsibility in […] [Read more]

The Legacy of Love of Blessed Mother Teresa

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was initially called to religious life with the Sisters of Loreto.  Taking the name of Sister Teresa, this young Albanian woman was sent to India in 1929 after first learning English in Ireland.  It was not until she had been teaching at a school for girls in Calcutta for 15 years that […] [Read more]

God’s Law / Human Law

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

As we attempt to understand what it is the Church teaches on human sexuality and therefore why she has such a commitment to the proper definition of marriage and the relationship of people with God and with one another, we must begin with a focus on the Church’s primary teaching that all people are to […] [Read more]