Archive for August, 2014

The Catholic Impact

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Tweet Share3 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

“Why a silence?”

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Tweet Share303 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share10 Share Yum StumbleI 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. […] [Read more]

The Holy Spirit’s Gift of Grace

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Tweet Share4 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Facing Challenges with Mary, Our Mother and Queen

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Tweet Share76 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble “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 […] [Read more]

#TBT blog post from August 3, 2012

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Tweet Share43 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleA 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 […] [Read more]

Our Catholic Impact in Education

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Tweet Share69 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [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

Tweet Share36 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleToday 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 […] [Read more]

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are Manifested in Mary

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Tweet Share76 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

#TBT blog post from July 11, 2012

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Tweet Share Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleLectio 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 […] [Read more]

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

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Tweet Share58 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleToday 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 […] [Read more]