Archive for November, 2014

Preparing for the Coming of Our Savior Jesus Christ

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Tweet Share148 Pin1 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble As November draws to a close and we begin a new liturgical year, we enter into the season of Advent. The name of this special time comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming.” The Church has celebrated this season since ancient times, although the […] [Read more]

Psalms of Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Tweet Share195 Pin1 +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble “I will praise your name forever, Lord” is the responsorial psalm that is sung at Mass on Thanksgiving Day (Psalm 145). It is part of the collection of Psalms that are called “Psalms of Thanksgiving.” The Psalms are often referred to as a school of […] [Read more]

Feasts in the Bible

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Tweet Share371 Pin2 +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble This week, Americans of different faiths celebrate Thanksgiving, our civil holy day, and gather around a table with family members and friends for a feast to offer thanks to God for all the blessings in their lives. The holiday also reminds us as Catholics how […] [Read more]

The Passing of Marion Barry

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Tweet Share142 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleLast night and today, people all across our community were saddened to hear of the unexpected passing of Marion Barry, a larger-than-life figure who devoted his life to public service, working to lift up the lives of the underprivileged and help make a better District of […] [Read more]

Catholic Teaching on Immigration

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Tweet Share43 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleA wide range of opinions have been voiced about various executive actions last week concerning federal immigration policy in the United States. This presents a teachable moment since we have inherited a rich tradition of thoughtful reflection about society, culture, and law. Here, I would like […] [Read more]

The Triumphant King of Kings

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Tweet Share98 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble Today is the Solemnity of Christ the King. In establishing this feast, Pope Pius XI intended it to be an antidote to the many forms of Godlessness in modern society, including secularism, atheism and anticlericalism (Quas Primas, 24). Throughout history, but especially in modern times, […] [Read more]

Light for the People

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Tweet Share39 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble The Church is the all-embracing context of Christian life and witness. Of all the councils held so far, the Second Vatican Council concentrated most heavily on the nature and meaning of the Church. For some, it therefore deserved to be called “The Council on the […] [Read more]

The Church Calendar Orders Our Daily Lives and Helps Foster Unity

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Tweet Share86 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble “Teach us to count our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart.” – Psalm 90:12 At the end of November, we enter the season of Advent. It is the beginning of a new year on the Church’s calendar, pointing toward the new age […] [Read more]

Catholic Charities Weekend

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Tweet Share56 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble Over the years, the basketball court at the University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center in College Park has been the site of many triumphs, but perhaps none has been greater than what unfolded there in early September, as that court was transformed into a mobile dental […] [Read more]

The Human Body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Tweet Share115 Pin2 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble As we come to the end of the Church’s liturgical calendar in November, we reflect upon the last things and our calling to new life in the Holy Spirit. Saint Paul, we hear in today’s liturgy, says to the Church in Corinth, “Do you not […] [Read more]