Archive for July, 2015

Homily: Mass of Christian Burial for Cardinal William Baum

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle Washington, D.C. Friday, July 31, 2015 Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord. One week ago, William Wakefield Baum, Cardinal Priest of the Holy Roman Church and titular of the Church of the Holy Cross in Via Flaminia in Rome, was called to the Father’s house. In response to […] [Read more]

#TBT Post from July 26, 1013

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne: Model for an Evangelizing Family From as far back as the second century, the names of the Virgin Mary’s parents have been known as Joachim and Anne. Today, the Church commemorates their lives and invites us to consider how marriage and family are “ordained to fulfillment in Christ” (Ephesians […] [Read more]

Show How You Serve Christ’s Kingdom With YouServe

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Ever since it was announced that Pope Francis is coming to Washington, people have been asking, “How can I join in? How can I ‘Share the Joy, Walk with Francis?’” Last week I invited you to take the “Walk With Francis Pledge.” This extraordinary initiative offers everyone in our community the opportunity to actively participate […] [Read more]

Seminarian Family Day

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending the day with some very special and important people. It was our annual archdiocesan Seminarian Family Day at Saint Patrick’s Church in Rockville, Maryland. This time of prayer, gratitude and fellowship with the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers of our seminarians is one I always look forward […] [Read more]

Cardinal William Baum 1926-2015

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Late yesterday evening, Cardinal William Wakefield Baum was summoned out of this world to the home of the Lord he loved so well and served with such fervent dedication. In this moment of sorrow, let our faith be our consolation and eternal life our hope. Looking back at the life of Cardinal Baum as we […] [Read more]

Walk With Francis

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis has captured the world’s attention with his infectious joy. What is striking to me is that in his actions we see the source of his joy. He loves sharing God’s love with others. His words, his gestures, his preaching teach us how to imitate Christ who is the human manifestation […] [Read more]

The Marks of the Church: The Church is Apostolic

Monday, July 20th, 2015

To be Catholic is to recognize the role of the Church as the very means created and given to us by Jesus so that his work, accomplished in his death and resurrection, might be re-presented in our day and applied to us and the world we encounter. The Lord founded and built his Church on […] [Read more]

The Marks of the Church: The Church is Catholic

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Each Sunday as we recite the Creed, we profess that the Church is “catholic.” This word is used not in the sense of Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant. Rather, the word “catholic” comes from the Greek, katholikos, which means “universal.” The Church was born of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost, and from that moment, […] [Read more]

Saints from the United States

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

The Second Vatican Council reminds us that all women and men are called to be holy (Lumen Gentium, 39-42). This universal call to holiness is depicted in a beautiful way in the sacred art of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. In the Great Upper Church, a marble bas relief above […] [Read more]

The Marks of the Church: The Church is Holy

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

When we profess in the Creed the identity of the Church, we speak of the qualities of unity, holiness, universality and rootedness in the Apostles, present, verifiable and interrelated in such a way that one sign or mark supports the others. The purpose of these identifying marks, which grow out of the very nature of […] [Read more]