Archive for November, 2014

Preparing for the Coming of Our Savior Jesus Christ

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

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 number of days has varied over the centuries. In the […] [Read more]

Psalms of Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

“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 prayer for the way in which they have captured the […] [Read more]

Feasts in the Bible

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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 thanksgiving and feasts are central to our faith. Throughout the […] [Read more]

The Passing of Marion Barry

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Last 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 Columbia.   For his tireless contributions and the inspiration he […] [Read more]

Catholic Teaching on Immigration

Monday, November 24th, 2014

A 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 to examine just a few elements of Catholic social […] [Read more]

The Triumphant King of Kings

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

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, there have been kings and other worldly rulers who have […] [Read more]

Light for the People

Friday, November 21st, 2014

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 Church.” Two of its most frequently quoted documents, the Dogmatic Constitution […] [Read more]

The Church Calendar Orders Our Daily Lives and Helps Foster Unity

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

“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 that begins with God coming to dwell with humanity in […] [Read more]

Catholic Charities Weekend

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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 clinic, complete with 100 dental chairs, for the Mid-Maryland Mission […] [Read more]

The Human Body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

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 know that you are the temple of God, and that […] [Read more]