Archive for October, 2015

Responding to the Calling of Families to Evangelize the World

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Tweet Share25 Pin3 +13 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleNear the end of the closing Mass for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, a group of families representing a diversity of cultures were presented to Pope Francis. Representing all of the families gathered, they were blessed and sent to be witnesses of the Gospel […] [Read more]

Conclusion of the Synod of Bishops on the Family

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Tweet Share62 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble With the celebration of Holy Mass yesterday, the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome came to a close. Together with an Extraordinary Synod held last year, this gathering of bishops representative of the Church in different parts of the world, […] [Read more]

Saint John Paul II’s Enduring Presence

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Tweet Share97 Pin1 +13 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleSaint John Paul II – whose feast day we celebrate today – has been an on-going presence in the Church of Washington impacting lives in a special way since the fall of 2011, when we opened a new archdiocesan seminary named in his honor. After he […] [Read more]

The Gift of Love

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Tweet Share96 Pin2 +13 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble Standing before the altar, the man and woman gazed into each other’s eyes as each of them made this solemn promise and vow: “I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.” Shortly before, their respective parents had said to them […] [Read more]

Homily at Pontifical North American College

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Tweet Share30 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble During the Synod of the Bishops on Marriage, I am staying at the North American College, the U.S. bishops’ seminary in Rome for men studying for the priesthood. Many years ago, I was here as a student and I continue to stay at the College […] [Read more]

The Holy Witness of Married Couples

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

Tweet Share5K Pin2 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble Maybe you have heard the old saying, “No one goes to heaven alone.” The idea is that we are all supposed to bring others along with us through accompanying them on our pilgrim journey through this life, through our example and words of encouragement and […] [Read more]

“Spare Me from a Faith that is Lukewarm!”

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Tweet Share123 Pin3 +14 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleDuring the visit of the Holy Father to the United States, one of the groups he mentioned with gratitude on a number of occasions was American women religious. Among them is the community of the Little Sisters of the Poor. It was a privilege to go […] [Read more]

The One Body of Christ: Sign and Instrument of the Unity of the Human Family

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Tweet Share80 Pin2 +15 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble When a reporter on the plane back to Rome said that Pope Francis had “become a star in the United States,” our Holy Father responded that he preferred the traditional title of “Servant of the servants of God.” This humility characterized the Pope’s meeting with […] [Read more]

“Faith makes us know that God is at our side”

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Tweet Share38 Pin1 +12 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleWhen Saint John XIII was canonized just last year, October 11 was chosen as his feast day because it is the date that marks his opening of the Second Vatican Council in 1962. While this year the memorial is superseded because it falls on a Sunday, […] [Read more]

The Truth and Beauty of the Family and Mercy towards Broken and Fragile Families (Marriage and the Path of Mercy in the Life of the Church)

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Tweet Share120 Pin +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleThis morning in Rome, Cardinal Wuerl presented to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and the members of the Synod on the Family, his intervention: “The Truth and Beauty of the Family and Mercy towards Broken and Fragile Families.” Holy Father ​Members of the Synod ​I want […] [Read more]