Archive for April, 2015

Becoming Christ Through Grace

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

As the Church continues to celebrate the Easter Season, for many of us it is during this time that our families gather to celebrate First Communions, Confirmations and marriages. These sacraments are so joyful because they are marked by a sense of hope and a future that seems boundless. Perhaps we even can imagine the […] [Read more]

Archdiocese of Washington To Welcome Pope Francis

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

I’m pleased to confirm the welcome news that Pope Francis will visit Washington, D.C. between September 22 and September 25, 2015. During his time with us, among other things, the Holy Father will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House, address a joint meeting of both houses of Congress, and on the afternoon […] [Read more]

Lord, Send Us More Laborers for the Harvest

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

This Fourth Sunday of Easter is the 52nd World Day of Prayer for Vocations, in which we pray that the Lord send more laborers for his harvest (cf. Matthew 9:38, Luke 10:2) and we pray also for the priests and consecrated religious who have ministered to us throughout our lives. With prayers offered up to […] [Read more]

Saint Mark the Evangelist

Friday, April 24th, 2015

When Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his Papal Mass in 2008 at Nationals Park in Washington, the dramatic large crucifix over the altar fittingly came from Saint Mark the Evangelist Church in Hyattsville. Like the evangelist whose Gospel shares the Good News of Jesus, that magnificent crucifix, along with the Eucharist celebrated at the altar at […] [Read more]

Homily: Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-elect Mario Dorsonville

Monday, April 20th, 2015

At this point in the liturgy, the ritual calls for the bishop to address the clergy, the people and the bishop-elect on the duties of a bishop. In line with that ancient exhortation, I ask you, the faithful gathered in this cathedral church, to reflect on what we are about to do. First, as the […] [Read more]

Disagreement Is Not Discrimination

Monday, April 20th, 2015

The Washington Post published an op ed I co-authored with John Garvey, the president of The Catholic University of America, regarding the recent laws enacted by the D.C. Council that challenge religious freedom in the nation’s capital. Here is an excerpt: Last month, Pope Francis announced that the Catholic Church would celebrate a Holy Year […] [Read more]

Easter Joy

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

One of the graces of Easter falling in early April is that nature reflects the joy of new life found in the resurrection of Our Lord and Savior. Our parks and gardens bloom with color. We wonder at how even the most delicate of spring flowers survived our long and cold winter. We revel in […] [Read more]

God is Love: The Letters of Saint John

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Easter is a season to rejoice in the love of Christ our Redeemer, and then proclaim the Good News of the Risen Lord who calls us to eternal life. This is what Saint John does in his three letters of the New Testament and I invite you to read and reflect on these inspiring writings […] [Read more]

Child Abuse Prevention Month: Protecting the Innocent and Vulnerable Among Us

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Children are precious. Their simplicity, their sense of wonder and enthusiasm, their laughter at play are all infectious. Their innate way of receiving and giving tenderness, their way of seeing reality with a trusting and pure gaze, cannot fail to touch our hearts and fill us with hope for tomorrow, Pope Francis recently observed. Children […] [Read more]

Bringing the Gospel of Mercy to Every Person

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

A dramatic scene often appearing in movies and television dramas is the moment when the guilty person “throws himself on the mercy of the court” and begs forgiveness, pardon, and a lighter sentence from the judge. What heightens the drama is the uncertainty of the response. The judge does not always temper justice with mercy. […] [Read more]