Archive for January, 2015

Saint John Bosco and Promoting Educational Opportunity with the Maryland Education Tax Credit

Friday, January 30th, 2015

This year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Saint John Bosco, whose memorial feast day is tomorrow. Popularly known as “Don Bosco,” which is Italian for “Father Bosco,” he dedicated his life to the education of disadvantaged young people. To advance his educational ministry, he founded a society that became known as […] [Read more]

Catholic Schools Week

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Last year, Pope Francis told a gathering of 300,000 students in Saint Peter’s Square that he learned to love school as a first grader and continued to love it as a teacher and as a bishop. He said schools prepare students to graduate speaking three languages – “the language of the mind, the language of […] [Read more]

Saint Francis de Sales: A Saintly Spiritual Guide for All People in Every State of Life

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

In the life of Saint Francis de Sales, who has inspired many people over the centuries, we find the quiet urgings of grace, the response to his calling by the Lord, and the experience of his mission unfolding over a long period of time.  He saw his ministry as one of inviting people into the […] [Read more]

The Future is Life

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

#iStand4Life is the rallying cry of our young people who will gather early Thursday morning, January 22, for the 2015 Youth Rally and Mass for Life. This inspiring event, which drew tens of thousands last year despite a heavy snow, will be held at two locations again this year – at the Verizon Center and […] [Read more]

“That They May All Be One”

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

For more than 100 years, the Catholic Church has joined with other churches and Christian communities in the celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which is observed from January 18th to the 25th. On the night Jesus gave himself to us in the Eucharist, he prayed for his disciples, “that they may […] [Read more]

“A Heart Open to the Whole World”

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Again and again, in the face of a migration crisis that affects every country around the world, Pope Francis has called on nations to greet immigrants and refugees not with closed doors, but with open hearts. In July 2013, for his first official trip outside Rome, our Holy Father celebrated Mass on the small Italian […] [Read more]

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a Celebration of Every Christian’s Baptism

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

In a deeply Trinitarian vision recorded in the Book of Revelation, Saint John sees the river of the water of life flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb (Revelation 22:1). John then hears an invitation to come share the life of the Trinity, “Let the one who thirsts come forward, and the […] [Read more]

The Calling of Saint Brother André Bessette

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

“What do I do with my life?” This is a question we all ask growing up, but Alfred Bessette was obliged to ask it more urgently and at a much younger age than most. Born in 1845 to a modest family in Canada, he was orphaned at 12 years old and, although taken in by […] [Read more]

Homily: Mass for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Recently I reviewed some startling photos. I was struck by the pictures of the small Christian community made up of a number of families including elders and infants all huddled in relative darkness and in imposed silence as they tried to celebrate Christmas – Nativity – the birth of our Lord. What struck me was […] [Read more]

Epiphany: The Public Revelation of the Savior of the World

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Before the invention of satellites or digital compasses and the Global Positioning System, travelers, navigators and mariners looked to the stars for guidance. The Gospel of Matthew tells us about one particular star, the Star of Bethlehem, which pointed to the Lord Jesus and guided the Magi from the East (Mt. 2:1-2, 9-11). Following the […] [Read more]