Archive for October, 2015

Responding to the Calling of Families to Evangelize the World

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Near 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 in their homes and in their communities. This blessing, […] [Read more]

Conclusion of the Synod of Bishops on the Family

Monday, October 26th, 2015

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, joined by a variety of experts and observers, was asked […] [Read more]

Saint John Paul II’s Enduring Presence

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Saint 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 was elected pope in 1978, this holy man called […] [Read more]

The Gift of Love

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

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 with tears in their eyes, “I love you,” just as […] [Read more]

Homily at Pontifical North American College

Monday, October 19th, 2015

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 when I am in Rome. On Sunday, October 18, I […] [Read more]

The Holy Witness of Married Couples

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

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 warning, through our acts of kindness and charity. Married people […] [Read more]

“Spare Me from a Faith that is Lukewarm!”

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

During 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 with him to visit the Little Sisters at the […] [Read more]

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

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

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 the bishops of this country, saying that he came to […] [Read more]

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

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

When 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, still we remember how this beloved pastor’s legacy continues […] [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

This 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 to begin by once again thanking you, Holy Father, […] [Read more]