Archive for May, 2015

Trinity Sunday

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity that we will celebrate this coming Sunday honors not an event, but a truth revealed by Jesus Christ – and according to the Catholic faith, it is the most important truth of all. Trinity Sunday, which falls on the Church calendar one week after Pentecost, celebrates the eternal […] [Read more]

Being Catholic Today: Catholic Identity in an Age of Challenge

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

On a weekly basis, it seems, there is news of yet another challenge to our freedom to live our Catholic faith. Many of these arise from those social, cultural and political trends that I have discussed previously with respect to our need for a New Evangelization. Recent years have now seen various efforts by federal […] [Read more]

“Come Holy Spirit”

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

On this great Solemnity that we celebrate today, the Church sings out in the ancient Pentecost Sequence, “Come, Holy Spirit, come!” With this plea, we remind ourselves that the Church, which was filled with the breath of life on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4), is the Spirit-led yet divine presence of Christ in the world. Our Church’s […] [Read more]

Mary, Queen of Peace

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

As we move closer to the celebration of the great Solemnity of Pentecost we find ourselves in a spiritual sense with our Blessed Mother in the Upper Room waiting for the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised that he would not leave us orphans, that an Advocate would be sent on behalf of this young Church, the […] [Read more]

Roundtable Discussion on the New Climate Economy

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

I participated in the conference on The New Climate Economy and delivered the following remarks. As we discuss the new climate economy, two elements play an important role in assessing the Church’s reflections: context and continuity. Pope Francis reminds us that, “When we talk about the environment, about creation, my thoughts go to the first pages […] [Read more]

Confirmation: The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit as at Pentecost

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation is among the most enjoyable tasks in the life of a bishop. It is a time to look forward. The parish gathers around the candidates, young and old, to welcome them into full membership in the Church. These people, filled with potential and hope, perhaps can sense how the grace […] [Read more]

The Ten Commandments and Pentecost

Monday, May 18th, 2015

In the Paschal Mystery, we celebrate our redemption and deliverance from slavery to sin and death through Jesus Christ. The context and frame of reference for our appreciation of our salvation begins with the observance of Passover, during which the people Israel recalled how God led them out of bondage in Egypt. This holy feast, […] [Read more]

The Ascension of the Lord: As One Chapter Closes, Another Opens

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Jesus’ ascension into heaven is one of the most significant moments in his life – and in ours. It brings to a conclusion the earthly life of Jesus, but it also opens up for us the earthly life of the Church. He ascends in his visible body to make way for his mystical body. The […] [Read more]

The Blessing of Our Mothers and Grandmothers, Guardians of the Hearth

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

As we gathered around the table of the Lord at the archdiocesan women’s conference this spring, I recalled how as a young boy I saw the word “hearth” on a poster. When I asked my mother what it meant, she told me it was an “old English” word for a fireplace. This was from the […] [Read more]

The 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and the Hope of Jesus Christ which Overcomes All Evil

Friday, May 8th, 2015

On Divine Mercy Sunday, that day when the Church Universal in a special way enters into the mystery of the Lord’s merciful love amidst the suffering and evil that persists in the human experience, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass for the faithful of the Armenian Rite. This special Eucharist was offered in remembrance of the […] [Read more]