Archive for June, 2014

“You Will Be My Witnesses”

Monday, June 30th, 2014

On this day we remember the nameless Christians who gave the ultimate witness in Rome in the first century.  During the reign of the Emperor Nero, a huge fire raged through the city destroying homes and shops and killing many, many people. The Roman historian Tacitus reports that the public suspected that the fire was […] [Read more]

75th Anniversary Masses and Our Foundation of Faith

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Our Archdiocesan Synod, which concluded on Pentecost Sunday, June 8, offered a moving reminder of how we are connected by faith to all who have gone before us.  Grateful for the legacy our Catholic ancestors have left us, by virtue of this family gathering our local Church now has a blueprint for the future, to […] [Read more]

A New Creation in John the Baptist

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

In the Gospel of Saint Luke, we read that Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist and a priest of the Temple, was a righteous man in the eyes of God.  Yet even good people can sometimes get caught up in the ways of the world, thinking as men think, not as God thinks (cf. […] [Read more]

“Abide with Me”

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

One of the most beautiful Corpus Christi celebrations that I have experienced is from my student days and is held at Genzano, a small Italian hill town that is south of Rome and about a half-hour drive beyond Castel Gandolfo, the traditional summer residence of the popes.  In a tradition that goes back to 1778, […] [Read more]

Newly Ordained Priests Will Continue Legacy of “Manifesting the Kingdom”

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

For 2,000 years, priests in every generation have taken up the call that Jesus made to his Apostles – the first priests – at the Last Supper: “Do this in memory of me” (Luke 22:19).  Every time they celebrate the Eucharist and preach the Gospel, and each time they administer the sacraments, priests make Jesus […] [Read more]

A Father’s Love

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

As our nation shows appreciation for our fathers today, the Church also happens to lift up for us the Holy Trinity, the mystery of God’s inner life.  While it is a mystery – the central mystery of the Christian faith – reflecting on the Trinity can shed light on what it means to be a […] [Read more]

The Missionary Work of Married Couples

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

In Pope Francis’ recent exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, he reminds us that every Christian “is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization: indeed, anyone who has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love” (Evangelii Gaudium, 120).  Our […] [Read more]

Homily: Mass for Archdiocesan Synod

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

It is a pleasure to welcome all of you to the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle as we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost.  While it is true that the Pentecost we commemorate today happened almost 2,000 years ago, what we are celebrating is the continuing outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church – […] [Read more]

Shower them with your grace, O Holy Spirit, Your sevenfold gift, Descend; Give Them Comfort when they die; Give them Life with Thee on high; Give them joys which never end. Amen.

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Pentecost Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts: Day 9, adapted from EWTN For Reflection on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit: The gifts of the Holy Spirit perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration.  As we grow in the knowledge and love of […] [Read more]

Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen, warm the chill. Guide the steps that go astray!

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Pentecost Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts: Day 8, adapted from EWTN For Reflection on the Gift of Wisdom: Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts.  Of Wisdom it is written, “all good things came to me with her, […] [Read more]