Archive for August, 2015

Who is the Pope?

Monday, August 31st, 2015

The anticipation is growing for the visit of Pope Francis in just a few short weeks. Indeed, from the moment he first greeted the world from the balcony overlooking Saint Peter’s Square, our Holy Father has generated excitement. He has been featured on the covers of many magazines, including Rolling Stone, he was named Time […] [Read more]

Saint Augustine and the Seeker of Today

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Today’s saint is one that people of the modern age can readily identify with. To hear the story of his early life, you might think he was living today. In fact, he lived 1,600 years ago. He is Saint Augustine. Born and raised in North Africa to a Catholic mother, Saint Monica, whose feast day […] [Read more]

Teachers with Soul

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Today, I have the great privilege of marking the opening of the academic year by celebrating the Mass of the Holy Spirit with teachers and administrators of our Catholic schools. This joyous celebration is an opportunity to invoke the blessings of the Spirit and also for me to express my gratitude for the thousands of […] [Read more]

Familiaris Consortio and the Gift of Children

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Thirty-five years ago, early in his pontificate, Saint John Paul II convened a Synod of Bishops to reflect on the mission of the Christian family in the modern world. This 1980 gathering was followed a year later by the Pope’s apostolic exhortation on the family, Familiaris Consortio. This momentous document has guided the Church ever […] [Read more]

Marriage and Family: A Mission of Love

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

At the heart of every marriage is human love – a love so strong that it brings together a man and a woman who commit themselves to each other in a lifelong journey and to a mission as well. In Church circles, when we hear the word “mission,” we might think first of missionaries – […] [Read more]

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Friday, August 14th, 2015

A gift from two popes to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception offers a reminder of a gift from God which we should all seek. Near the main altar of the Basilica, pilgrims can see a dramatic mosaic depicting the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The artwork, patterned after the […] [Read more]

Back to School

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Later this month, the annual ritual of going back to school will unfold in families across our community and throughout our country. For many, it will mark an educational milestone as parents will walk hand-in-hand with their small children on their first day of school, or join other parents in sharing carpool responsibilities as their […] [Read more]

A Time of Spiritual Transformation

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Today the Church lifts up for contemplation the mystery of the Transfiguration of the Lord. The Gospels tell us how shortly after Jesus spoke of his coming Passion, he led Peter, James and John up Mount Tabor to pray. There Jesus “was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became […] [Read more]

The Bread of Life

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

During the month of August, the Gospel readings at Sunday Mass will come from Chapter Six of the Gospel of John. Scripture scholars call this chapter the “Bread of Life discourse” because in it Jesus declares “I am the bread of Life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, he who believes in me […] [Read more]