Archive for April, 2015

Becoming Christ Through Grace

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Tweet Share32 Pin2 +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Archdiocese of Washington To Welcome Pope Francis

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Tweet Share598 Pin10 +15 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Lord, Send Us More Laborers for the Harvest

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Tweet Share104 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Saint Mark the Evangelist

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Tweet Share39 Pin1 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Homily: Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-elect Mario Dorsonville

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Tweet Share30 Pin3 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Disagreement Is Not Discrimination

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Tweet Share Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleThe 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 […] [Read more]

Easter Joy

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Tweet Share88 Pin2 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

God is Love: The Letters of Saint John

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Tweet Share42 Pin1 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleEaster 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 […] [Read more]

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

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Tweet Share14 Pin3 +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Bringing the Gospel of Mercy to Every Person

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Tweet Share73 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleA 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. […] [Read more]