Archive for February, 2015

God’s Covenant with His Children

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Anyone who reads the Book of Genesis carefully will notice the prominence of the theme of “covenant.” As summarized in the Catechism, God repeatedly makes covenants: with Noah, with Abraham, with Abraham’s son Isaac, and with his son Jacob (CCC 54-73). Indeed, the theme pervades the Old Testament, as God makes covenants with the people […] [Read more]

The Sacrament of Conversion

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

In what has become a tradition during Lent in our parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington, as well as in the neighboring Diocese of Arlington, Wednesday evenings are set aside for the Sacrament of Reconciliation with The Light is ON for You campaign. These special moments to receive God’s mercy are in addition to the […] [Read more]

Our Suffering Christian Family

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

During this Lenten season, I want to share a few thoughts with you that will take the form of a weekly blog following the First through the Fifth Sundays of Lent. We contemplate in a special way the suffering of Christ and his words to his disciples the night before he was to suffer, “If […] [Read more]

Their Lenten Journey – and Ours

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

One of the most powerful and inspiring manifestations of the Holy Spirit alive and at work in our community today unfolds during the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion. As archbishop, I will preside at those ceremonies at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the first two […] [Read more]

“Remember You are Dust and to Dust You Shall Return”

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Of all the days on the liturgical calendar, Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular. There is something about it that touches us on a fundamental level and it is not unusual to see churches full of people who come forward to receive ashes. The season of Lent is set aside for us to […] [Read more]

The Social Dimension of Sin and of Redemption

Monday, February 16th, 2015

The first reading for today’s Mass is the story of Cain killing his brother, Abel (Genesis 4:1-15). It is a tale of sibling rivalry, jealousy and murder. Because of these themes and the fact that it is also the tale of the first human family, it is one of the Bible’s best-known stories which often […] [Read more]

Proclaim a Fast

Friday, February 13th, 2015

The Lord calls us to return to him with our whole heart, we hear on Ash Wednesday, with the prophet Joel saying to us, “Proclaim a fast!” With this instruction, the Church begins the season of Lent. From the very beginning, fasting, together with prayer and almsgiving, became the way of preparation to celebrate the […] [Read more]

El Papa, la piedra angular de la fe y de la unidad

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

El domingo por la mañana vi al papa Francisco dirigirse a las miles de personas que se reúnen en la Plaza de San Pedro para escuchar sus comentarios antes de rezar el Ángelus. Allí, el popular y venerado sucesor de Pedro les habló de la ternura de Jesús, de su compasión amorosa y, al mismo tiempo, de nuestra necesidad de ser cuidadosos […] [Read more]

The Pope, Touchstone of Faith and Unity

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Early Sunday morning I watched our Holy Father, Pope Francis, give his Angelus talk – the comments he shares before praying the Angelus with the huge crowd – tens of thousands – gathered in Saint Peter’s Square each Sunday. Here, this enormously popular and revered successor to Peter spoke about the tenderness of Jesus, his […] [Read more]

Seeing our Sick Sisters and Brothers with Wisdom of the Heart

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Saint John Paul II began his momentous encyclical on the God-given dignity of all human life by noting, “The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ message” (Evangelium Vitae, 1). Warning of growing threats to human life at its beginning and last stages through legalized abortion and euthanasia, with the term “quality of […] [Read more]