Archive for November, 2015

Seeking the Gift of Christ’s Mercy this Advent

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Over the last several months, our newspapers, our TV screens, and social media feeds have been filled with images of so many people in such desperate situations. From the streets of Paris, to the borders of the countries of Eastern Europe to the war-torn towns of Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, people are dying, wounded and […] [Read more]

This Thanksgiving Day, We Join in the Thanks Offered by Our Holy Father

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

On this Thanksgiving Day, we again gather with our loved ones, joined by family members and friends around the dinner table, to thank God for the many blessings in our lives. For Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington, this year’s Thanksgiving is even more special, as we thank God for the gift of Pope Francis’ […] [Read more]

The Son of Man

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

The sign above Jesus on the Cross called him “king.” He was called king too at his birth, when the wise men came to do him homage, and his ministry was dedicated to proclaiming the kingdom of God. The followers of Jesus for the most part, both in the Gospels and throughout the rest of […] [Read more]

The 50th Anniversary of Dei Verbum

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

God’s Revelation is the beginning of our salvation. When we say “yes” to God – when we make an act of faith – it is in reply to his invitation. Fifty years ago today, the Second Vatican Council explained what we mean by Revelation with the promulgation of the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, known […] [Read more]

Seek First the Kingdom

Monday, November 16th, 2015

We read in the Gospels how Jesus urges his listeners to not be anxious about worldly concerns, but to “seek first the kingdom of God” and God in his providence will provide the things we need (Matthew 6:25-33). “Do not be afraid any longer,” he says, “for your Father is pleased to give you the […] [Read more]

Joining in Solidarity and Prayer

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

The news from Paris last evening was heart-wrenching. The murderous violence that has plagued Iraq and Syria has now struck France as a series of coordinated attacks has led to more than 120 people dead and more critically wounded. This follows the mid-air explosion of a passenger airliner over the Sinai Peninsula a few weeks […] [Read more]

Walking with Francis, the Journey Continues

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

As he has throughout his ministry, Pope Francis voiced a message of accompaniment during his trip to the nation’s capital, expressing the desire that everyone walk together in the presence of the Lord. Hearing his call, the Church of Washington and many others in our community joined in solidarity to participate in the “Walk with […] [Read more]

Saints in the Making

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

We are all called to be saints – to be holy. As Saint Paul said to the Church in Thessalonica, “This is the will of God – your holiness” (1 Thessalonians 4:3). Jesus himself issued the call in his Sermon on the Mount. He was addressing the crowd when he said, “So be perfect, just […] [Read more]

“The Glory of God is man fully alive”

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Saint Irenaeus, a great theologian of the Church in the second century, wrote, “The Glory of God is man fully alive.” This idea captures the essence of God who is not a distant impersonal God while also describing the dignity of the human person and God’s wish that each one of us lives our life […] [Read more]

The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

On the Solemnity of All Saints last Sunday, the first reading for Mass presented the rich imagery of the Book of Revelation depicting the great multitude of saints in heaven. Of all of the books of the Bible, Revelation is clearly the most challenging as it recounts the prophetic visions of John at Patmos at […] [Read more]