Archive for March, 2014

The Rose Mass and the Legacy of Bringing Christ’s Healing to the Sick

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

All across the country, the face of medicine and health care delivery is changing and, in some cases, bringing new challenges. However, the motivation that brings the Catholic faithful to the health ministry remains constant. Tomorrow, Laetare Sunday, at the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, we will celebrate the 23rd Annual Rose Mass […] [Read more]

Devotion to Mary on the Solemnity of the Annunciation

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Blessed John Paul II’s devotion to Mary was no secret.  His coat of arms carried a large “M” beneath a cross and bore his motto, Totus Tuus, short for “Totus tuus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt (I am all yours, and all that I have is yours),” reflecting his complete self-giving to Mary.  […] [Read more]

Encountering the Lord’s Tender Mercies and Forgiveness

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

On Ash Wednesday, for the Responsorial Psalm at Mass, the Church sang the Miserere, which is also said on Fridays throughout the year for Morning Prayer.  So named for the opening words in Latin, this 51st Psalm sets the motif for the entirety of Lent – Have mercy on me, God . . . for […] [Read more]

Saint Joseph’s Essential Presence in the Life of the Church

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Today, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Saint Joseph.  What strikes us when we look at the pages of scripture and see the figure of Joseph is that he was a just and righteous man who loved God, loved Mary and loved Jesus with a generous heart. As with Mary, God chose Joseph for an […] [Read more]

Ask the Cardinal: Helping the Poor

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Recently we observed the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s declaration of a “War on Poverty.”  Yet, in many ways, it seems we have just as much, if not more, poverty today.  What does Catholic social teaching have to say about eradicating poverty? Jesus taught us that we have a relationship with each other.  We […] [Read more]

The Church Celebrates the First Anniversary of Pope Francis

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

It has been a year since the white smoke appeared from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, and what a year it has been.  Inside the conclave moments earlier there had been intense silence and prayer as the cardinals opened their hearts to the Holy Spirit.  Now, outside was a frenzy of excitement in a […] [Read more]

The Light is On for You

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Reconciliation, also called Confession or Penance, lavishly benefits the one who confesses.  It requires little time and costs nothing.  Yet recent surveys show that many Catholics only rarely if ever go.  Why? While I was waiting to board an airplane one day, a young man told me that he had been raised Catholic – “more […] [Read more]

New Creations in Christ

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

In Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans, which is the second reading at Mass for this First Sunday of Lent, we are reminded of how all of us are both marked by the sin of Adam and, through the grace of Baptism, reborn by sharing in the life in Christ. “Just as through one transgression […] [Read more]

Raising the Voice of Women in the New Evangelization

Friday, March 7th, 2014

“You must all stand fast in thefaith and love one another, and do not be weakened by what we have gone through.”  These words are taken from the diary of a young mother, Perpetua, who along with her friend Felicity, was martyred in ancient Carthage (modern-day Tunis, Tunisia) in the early third century and whose feast we […] [Read more]

Return to the Lord with Your Whole Heart, for He is Merciful

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Today in many of our churches, the words, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel,” from the Gospel of Mark (1:15) will be repeated as Catholics have their foreheads signed with ashes to mark the beginning of the 40 days of Lent.  This holy […] [Read more]