Archive for October, 2014

We Are All Wondrously Made (White Mass Homily)

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Today we gather for what has now become a wonderful tradition in our archdiocesan Church, the celebration of the White Mass.  This year, we are mindful that the Eucharistic Liturgy takes place in the midst of a Church-wide reflection on the nature and importance of the family. Last Sunday in Rome at a solemn Mass […] [Read more]

Prepared Homily: Mass for Young Adults

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Last Sunday in Rome we concluded, together with our Holy Father, Pope Francis, at a Solemn Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica the first of two gatherings of bishops from around the world called a Synod, each to be dedicated to the family. The purpose of these two Synods on the Family is to provide us […] [Read more]

Music for the Eucharistic Banquet

Friday, October 24th, 2014

On Saturday, October 11, 2014, I had the great joy and privilege of blessing the newly restored organ at my titular church in Rome, the Basilica of Saint Peter in Chains. The original organ goes back to 1686 and is recognized as one of the three oldest and finest organs in the city of Rome. […] [Read more]

Celebrating Saint John Paul II

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Today marks the first feast day of Saint John Paul II, as the newly canonized pope is now a part of the Catholic Church’s universal calendar. On April 27, I had the profound blessing of being a concelebrant at the Mass where Pope Francis, joined by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, canonized Saint John Paul and […] [Read more]

The Gospel of the Holy Spirit

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Throughout his ministry, Jesus made clear that the Holy Spirit is essential to the life of the people of God, as individuals and collectively.  Indeed, the Spirit has been at work from the beginning, albeit in a mysterious way.  Obviously the voice of God that came to Abram and Moses was the movement of the […] [Read more]

Beatification of Pope Paul VI

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Today during a Mass in St. Peter’s Square marking the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Pope Francis beatified his predecessor, Pope Paul VI.  How fitting that our Holy Father has lifted up Blessed Paul VI as a model for families, and indeed for all individual Catholics, in our call to emulate the […] [Read more]

How the Church Evangelizes Yesterday, Today and Always

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

As the Church Universal celebrates World Mission Sunday this weekend, as well as the beatification on Sunday of Pope Paul VI, a modern missionary pope, let us consider how the Church spreads the Gospel. “This question of ‘how to evangelize’ is permanently relevant,” said this holy pastor, “because the methods of evangelizing vary according to […] [Read more]

Reflections from the Synod

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Greetings and prayerful best wishes from Rome. Since so much is being written and said about the progress of the Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of the New Evangelization, I thought it would be helpful to share a few thoughts from the perspective of someone inside the […] [Read more]

To Whom Are We Sent?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Each Sunday, we profess that we are “one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.”  The Church is apostolic both because of our living continuity with the Apostles who were called by Jesus and because we share the mission of evangelization given to them. By virtue of our baptism, we too are in the nature of apostles, […] [Read more]

The Church in the Acts of the Apostles

Monday, October 13th, 2014

The Acts of the Apostles tells a fascinating story of the early Church, but it is much more than just a history book.  Within the narrative provided by Saint Luke is a wealth of revealed truth and theology about this institution and her missionary nature. In Acts, we see the Apostles beginning to structure the […] [Read more]