Archive for September, 2014

The Fundamental Vocation of the Family

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

One of the most well-known and often repeated statements of Saint John Paul II – “The future of humanity passes by way of the family” – rings as true today as when he wrote it in 1981 in the conclusion of his apostolic exhortation, Familiaris Consortio (The Christian Family in the Modern World, 86). That […] [Read more]

A Voice Proclaiming the Truth of Human Sexuality

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Today more and more young people are reported to be engaged in sexual activity at an ever younger age. Increasing numbers also report that they have been sexually abused. The data presents a very alarming picture.  But is there not something much more radical at the core of these statistics than what the media reports […] [Read more]

The Natural Law and the Family Today

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

In the beginning, God placed within the works of his hand a law that would govern creation.  The natural physical law – expressed in something as simple as the law of gravity – is built into creation.  So it is with the natural law that governs his human creations. People today are often uncomfortable with […] [Read more]

Thinking with the Mind of the Church

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

In a few weeks, I will have the privilege of participating in the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization. The topic of family life is one in which all of us have a great deal of interest and indeed experience!  Many of us know how […] [Read more]

Homily: 75th Anniversary Mass of the Archdiocese of Washington

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Welcome to Saint Matthew’s Cathedral for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Archdiocese of Washington. Three-quarters of a century ago, Pope Pius XII issued his papal bull decreeing that Washington should be “adorned with the splendor of an archiepiscopal throne” and thereby erecting the new Archdiocese of Washington.  A few […] [Read more]

Teaching about God’s Gift of Forgiveness

Friday, September 19th, 2014

This week I was delighted to celebrate Vespers with the parish catechetical leaders of our archdiocese. We gathered as our catechists begin a new year of religious education and as the Church in the United States prepares to commemorate Catechetical Sunday on September 21 and we, in this local Church, celebrate our 75th anniversary as […] [Read more]

The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

To be Catholic is to have a faith that marks our hours, counts our days, and measures our months and seasons. Our liturgical calendar is marked by special days – feasts – which are all celebrations of Jesus Christ, reminding us who we are as people of faith. These feasts form a kind of catechism, […] [Read more]

Feast of the Holy Cross

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  The origin of this feast lies in the 4th century.  Legend has it  that when Saint Helena, mother of the emperor Constantine, visited the Holy Land, she saw there was a pagan temple over the spot where Jesus is thought to have […] [Read more]

Understanding ‘Community’ on September 11

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

On this day 13 years ago, when this country was attacked without warning, our nation came together as one people.  In every city and town, people gathered in prayer for those who had died, been injured or lost loved ones. We came to understand in those days how much we live in solidarity with people […] [Read more]

The Celebration of the Sacramental Liturgy and Prayer

Monday, September 8th, 2014

“We go to Mass on Sunday!” the father asserted, to which the exasperated youngster replied, “Dad, I can’t.  I have soccer practice.”  Sound familiar?  It is increasingly difficult to recognize any difference between Sunday and the other days of the week. Our Archdiocesan Synod, however, gave witness that the heart of the Church is the […] [Read more]