Archive for December, 2015

At the Service of the Truth and Love of Jesus Christ

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Tweet Share667 Pin4 +12 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

The Supreme Witness of Saint Thomas Becket and Christians Today

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Tweet Share44 Pin1 +13 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleEver 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 […] [Read more]

The Holy Family and Families Today

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Tweet Share68 Pin1 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Friday, December 25th, 2015

Tweet Share1K Pin1 +13 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

The Tender Compassion of our God

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Tweet Share145 Pin2 +13 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleZechariah, 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 […] [Read more]

The Mercy of God is From Age to Age

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Tweet Share217 Pin3 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Selective Tolerance

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Tweet Share159 Pin1 +14 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleEarlier 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 […] [Read more]

The Pilgrim Journey of Mercy

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Tweet Share163 Pin6 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

The Spiritual Works of Mercy in the Jubilee of Mercy

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Tweet Share56 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble“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 […] [Read more]

The Blessing of Mother Teresa

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Tweet Share136 Pin1 +14 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleThis 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 […] [Read more]