Archive for August, 2014

The Catholic Impact

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

On a cold winter’s night in 1839 in a French village, Jeanne Jugan encountered an elderly, blind and infirm woman who was alone and in need of help. She carried the woman home, up the steps to her small apartment and placed her in her own bed. The congregation of the Little Sisters of the […] [Read more]

“Why a silence?”

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

I delivered the following remarks today at the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the Catholic University of America: Before we conclude this wonderful, beautiful and inspiring celebration of the beginning of this academic year, I want to share just one very, very serious thought with you. This is a time that’s so very different from […] [Read more]

The Holy Spirit’s Gift of Grace

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Our very identity as Christians, as members in communion with the one Body of Christ that is the Church, comes only through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit fills us with God’s presence so that we can truly become adopted children of our heavenly Father.  Restoring through baptism the divine likeness that was […] [Read more]

Facing Challenges with Mary, Our Mother and Queen

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

“You know, Father, I should be Catholic.  I just sort of drifted away.  I miss belonging.”  The man who offered this self-assessment to me at a charity reception was clearly troubled about his admission, adding, “Even though I was never the best of Catholics, I miss being a part of it all.” Many of us […] [Read more]

#TBT blog post from August 3, 2012

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

A Gift that Keeps on Giving One of the joys of summer is finding time to sit outdoors in the cool of the early morning or late evening. For many of us, vacation always includes a walk along a beach or around a lake or through the woods. One reason we love these walks is […] [Read more]

Our Catholic Impact in Education

Monday, August 18th, 2014

The work of educating leaders for today and tomorrow who will help build a better world, what we as Christians see as the manifestation of the kingdom of God, has been central to the Catholic schools, parish religious education and youth ministry programs of the Archdiocese of Washington since it was founded in 1939.  Indeed, […] [Read more]

Homily from the Mass for Peace, Religious Freedom and Tolerance on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Today the Church celebrates the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven. The lessons of this celebration are many. The Blessed Virgin Mary, one of us, a human being, has been so filled with grace as to be taken up bodily into heaven.  This action is a sign of our own bodily resurrection one […] [Read more]

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are Manifested in Mary

Friday, August 15th, 2014

God dwells with us most intimately through the gift of the Holy Spirit, who is sent by the eternal Father and by Jesus to give us light, comfort and strength, and to stir up within us a newness of life.  With personal concern, the Spirit wills to sanctify and lead each and every one of […] [Read more]

#TBT blog post from July 11, 2012

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Lectio Divina As a means of discovering or re-discovering the importance of God’s Word in our daily lives, we might consider an ancient but always timely Church practice called Lectio Divina.  In his Apostolic Exhortation, The Word of God, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, speaks of Lectio Divina as the reflective and prayerful reading […] [Read more]

Pope Francis Writes to Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Today the Holy See released a letter written by Pope Francis to Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations concerning the situation in Iraq. The text of the letter is below. His Excellency Mr Ban Ki-moon Secretary General United Nations Organization It is with a heavy and anguished heart that I have been following the dramatic […] [Read more]