Archive for May, 2014

Come, Father of the poor; Come, treasures which endure; Come, Light of all that live!

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Pentecost Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts: Day 2, adapted from EWTN For Reflection on the Gift of Fear: The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin.  It is a fear that arises, not from […] [Read more]

Holy Spirit! Lord of Light! From Your clear celestial height, Give Your pure beaming radiance!

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Pentecost Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts: Day 1, adapted from EWTN For Reflection on the Holy Spirit: Only one thing is important — eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared – sin.  Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and indifference.  The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of […] [Read more]

“And Behold I Am with You until the End of the Age”

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

With these words of comfort and hope, Jesus leaves the disciples and returns to his heavenly Father.  The Ascension of our Lord captures the dramatic end to Jesus’ time on earth with his apostles.  They are gathered on the mountaintop and he commands them to “go and make disciples.”  Jesus instructs his followers to preach […] [Read more]

That They May Be One

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Last weekend, Pope Francis made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  The theme of this apostolic journey was “ut unum sint, ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν” (“that they may be one”) (John 17:11), in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and the Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople, which […] [Read more]

Remembering and Giving Thanks on Memorial Day

Monday, May 26th, 2014

When people come to visit our nation’s capital, many go to Arlington National Cemetery to pay their respects to those brave men and women who worked to defend our nation, including giving the last full measure of their devotion in the service of security and freedom. “Where did they find the strength necessary to do […] [Read more]

Tracing the History of the Church of Washington

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

If you have been following our celebration of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Archdiocese of Washington, you may have found yourself wondering things like: Which parish is the oldest? Which parish was the last to be built?  Has Saint Matthew’s always been the Cathedral? Does the archdiocese have any special treasures that […] [Read more]

In Thanksgiving for Bishop Francisco González, a true Son of the Holy Family

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

This month, our family of faith rejoices in the 50th anniversary of the priestly ordination of Bishop Francisco González, S.F.  Having taken his final vows in the Congregation of the Sons of the Holy Family in 1960, it was on May 1, 1964, that Francisco González was ordained a priest. This vocation and devotion to […] [Read more]

Prospering in the Next Chapter in Life

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Last Saturday, our local Catholic universities held their commencements and in the coming days, Archbishop Carroll High School and Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School will have their graduation celebrations.  As the word “commencement” suggests, this moment is not an ending, but the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of these young women […] [Read more]

The Spiritual Shepherds of the Church of Washington

Friday, May 16th, 2014

This year we celebrate 75 years since the establishment of the Archdiocese of Washington in 1939, as well as the 225th anniversary of the appointment of John Carroll as the first bishop in the United States in 1789.  Bishop Carroll had a difficult task in organizing the Church given the substantial obstacles to practicing the […] [Read more]

Jubilee Mass for Priests and World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Today, the Church observes the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, a reminder for us to pray for our future and current priests and consecrated religious, that God will bless and guide them. On Tuesday, May 13, I will celebrate a Mass at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center to honor 23 priests of the Church of […] [Read more]