Archive for July, 2014

The Scourge of War, the Blessing of Peace

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

One hundred years ago this week began what is perhaps the greatest calamity in mankind’s history.  They called it the “Great War” and later a “World War.”  Before it was over, more than 16 million people would be slain and another 20 million wounded.  Moreover, the stage was set for an even greater conflagration, followed […] [Read more]

Our Redeemer is Christ Jesus

Monday, July 28th, 2014

“What do I need to do to be assured of going to heaven?” This is a question that many of us have thought about, if not actually asked a priest or a teacher or a friend.  One of the most “famous” people to ask the question is the rich young man in the Gospels (Matthew […] [Read more]

A History of Manifesting the Kingdom: The Catholic Impact on Our Community

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Once at a meeting, I heard a man ask, “What does the Church bring to society?” When people pose such questions as a challenge, deep down they seem to be expressing a note of hope. Somewhere they heard the promise of Jesus and his Good News, and they long for it to be true. Our […] [Read more]

Happy Birthday Archdiocese of Washington!

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Today we celebrate a special moment in our history.  On this day 75 years ago, July 22, 1939, the Archdiocese of Washington was born. When Pope Pius XII issued his papal bull establishing the archdiocese at the request of my predecessor, Archbishop Michael J. Curley, it only included the District of Columbia. Eight years later, […] [Read more]

The Grace of New Life in Christ

Monday, July 21st, 2014

As we pick up our reflections on Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans, we now focus on what it means to experience new life in Jesus Christ. The great missionary was always grateful that he had been called to make known to the nations God’s plan for our salvation. “To me, though I am the […] [Read more]

The Mission and Blessing of Manifesting the Kingdom

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Manifesting the kingdom of God – this is the mission and blessing given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospels tell us that Jesus “went around all Galilee…proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom” (Matthew 4:23).  This kingdom is spiritual and not a political realm, and its final fulfillment will be realized in eternity.  […] [Read more]

The Cardinal Virtues and the Pursuit of Happiness

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

In the Declaration of Independence, when our nation’s founders spoke of an inalienable right to the “pursuit of happiness,” they did not have in mind a mere feeling or emotional state, as happiness is today often understood.  They did not mean the pursuit of money or self-indulgent pleasures, which invariably are fleeting.  Much less did […] [Read more]

Human Freedom

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Many scholars believe that Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans has influenced the development of Christian theology more than any other book of the New Testament. When reading Romans, one gets a sense that Paul desires to lay out the beauty of life when experienced through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Paul often uses contrasts […] [Read more]

Remaining Steadfast in Liberty and Our Gospel Mission

Friday, July 11th, 2014

It was my great joy recently to celebrate Mass at the reconstructed Brick Chapel in Saint Mary’s City and on Saint Clement’s Island, where our Catholic ancestors first set foot on these shores in 1634.  They had left England and travelled here precisely so that not only could Catholics live their faith without restraint, but […] [Read more]

Homily: National Migration Conference Opening Mass

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

One time after Mass, a youngster asked me, “Why do you call us brothers and sisters?  You’re not my brother.”  I responded, “Ah, but we are all members of God’s family.”  After he received a nod of affirmation from his mother and father who stood behind him, he said, “Wow, I didn’t know that.” Then, […] [Read more]