Archive for October, 2013

We are Made for Life, We are Made for Love

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Going to the outskirts to encounter others, as Pope Francis asks, means confronting those great existential questions, being ready to give a reason for our hope when people ask: Why are we here? What’s the meaning of life? What’s the point of it all? Before getting to the hot button issues of today, as important […] [Read more]

A Message for Our Young People

Friday, October 25th, 2013

One of my great joys is meeting so many young people who are excited about their faith.  As we continue to reflect on our faith and its role in our lives during this Year of Faith, I’d like to address in a particular way younger readers who may wonder how they can be evangelizers and […] [Read more]

The Gift of Blessed John Paul II

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

With Catholics around the world, I rejoiced at Pope Francis’s announcement that Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II will be canonized on April 27, 2014 – Divine Mercy Sunday. Both popes in their own way helped bring Jesus to the modern world – with Pope John XXIII opening the Second Vatican Council, and […] [Read more]

The Beauty of the Church Seen in the Fourth Annual White Mass

Friday, October 18th, 2013

“God is in every person’s life,” Pope Francis reminds us in his interview in America magazine. Then he challenges us, “You can, you must try to seek God in every human life.” At 11:30 a.m., this coming Sunday, at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle, our local Church will celebrate one of the most […] [Read more]

Saint Teresa of Ávila and Drawing Closer to God

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

As Blessed Pope John Paul II observed, “People today put more trust in witnesses than in teachers, in experience than in teaching, and in life and action than in theories” (Redemptoris Missio, 42, citing Evangelii Nuntiandi, 41).  This explains the popularity of Saint Teresa of Ávila, a Doctor of the Church whose writings are profoundly […] [Read more]

In the End, the Immaculate Heart of Mary Will Triumph

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

To say that the events of Fatima have captured the imagination of people would be something of an understatement.  Millions have made a pilgrimage there and many more say the “Fatima prayer” every day as part of the Rosary.  Blessed Pope John Paul II famously credited his survival of the assassination attempt against him to […] [Read more]

“Ask the Cardinal”

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Today I am pleased to introduce a new periodic feature called, “Ask the Cardinal.” When I give talks or visit parishes or schools, occasionally there is the opportunity to take questions from people and I thought it would be helpful to share here some of those that may have universal appeal – questions about the […] [Read more]

The Law at the Service of the Human Person

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

The tradition of the Red Mass began in England around 1310, following those held previously in Paris.  We continued that tradition today, gathering at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew to celebrate the 61st Annual Red Mass in our community with the sponsorship of the John Carroll Society.  Concelebrating with me was the Most Reverend Kevin J. Farrell, former […] [Read more]

Pope Francis and His Patron Saint

Friday, October 4th, 2013

In Shakespeare’s famous play, Romeo and Juliet, Juliet asks, “What’s in a name?” For Pope Francis, his name tells us much about the heart of this man and his papacy. In a special audience on March 16 with 5,000 journalists from around the world, who had covered his election to the papacy three days earlier, […] [Read more]

The Little Way of the Little Flower: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

It was an extraordinary scene in Saint Peter’s Square as the crowd chanted, “Santo subito!” (“Sainthood now!”), at the funeral for Pope John Paul II.  Those cries will be validated by his canonization on April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday, together with the canonization of Blessed Pope John XXIII, but this formal affirmation by the […] [Read more]