Archive for December, 2015

At the Service of the Truth and Love of Jesus Christ

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Recently you may have heard stories in the news about how the employment of a person in public ministry at a local parish was no longer possible when he indicated that he would continue to openly live in contradiction to what the Church proclaims as true, specifically a civil “same-sex marriage.” Since mercy is at […] [Read more]

The Supreme Witness of Saint Thomas Becket and Christians Today

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Ever since I first learned of the life and martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket, whose feast day is today, I have had a great devotion to him. From the accounts in T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral and the 1964 film Becket, to those in the history books, the more I learned about this man, […] [Read more]

The Holy Family and Families Today

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

On the Church’s liturgical calendar, the first Sunday after Christmas is dedicated to the Holy Family – Jesus, Mary and Joseph. As we celebrate this day, we also reflect on how the family of our Lord reveals God’s plan for all families. “To understand the family today,” said Pope Francis on the eve of the […] [Read more]

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Friday, December 25th, 2015

Merry Christmas! On this day, heaven and earth sing in exultation. A great Light has come into the world to scatter the darkness, a new day has dawned for all mankind – Christ our Savior is born in Bethlehem. Pope Francis during the Canonization Mass here in Washington spoke of “the desire we all have […] [Read more]

The Tender Compassion of our God

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Zechariah, father of John the Baptist, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied, saying: “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; for he has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of his servant David. Through his prophets he promised of […] [Read more]

The Mercy of God is From Age to Age

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is from age to […] [Read more]

Selective Tolerance

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Earlier today I joined representatives and religious leaders from a wide range of faith traditions for the Faith over Fear walk. This pilgrimage of hope began at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, paused at the Washington National Cathedral and continued on to the Islamic Center. The messages along the way included a call to speak up […] [Read more]

The Pilgrim Journey of Mercy

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

All of us know how important symbols are. In this season leading up to Christmas, we are surrounded by visible, audible, tangible signs of Christmas. Decorations, lights and songs surround us. We spend time finding gifts to give as visible signs of our love for others. So too does the Church use signs and symbols, […] [Read more]

The Spiritual Works of Mercy in the Jubilee of Mercy

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

“We want to live this Jubilee Year in light of the Lord’s words: Merciful like the Father,” said Pope Francis in announcing this extraordinary Year of Mercy (Misericordiae Vultus, 13). With particular emphasis, he adds, “Let us open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who […] [Read more]

The Blessing of Mother Teresa

Friday, December 18th, 2015

This morning we received with great joy the news from the Vatican that the cause for canonization of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta has advanced with the promulgation of a decree regarding a miracle attributed to her intercession. The legacy of Mother Teresa is one of sharing the merciful love of God with the world, particularly […] [Read more]