Archive for January, 2016

The Catholic Identity of our Catholic Schools

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Tweet Share79 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleOnce when I visited one of our Catholic schools, on a particularly cold and blustery day, I asked the assembled students, “Why would you be here on such a miserable day?” One fourth-grader stood with great pride and answered, “I come to this school so that […] [Read more]

Saint Thomas Aquinas and the Spiritual Mercy of Instructing Others

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Tweet Share98 Pin1 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleOne inescapable experience of aging is reaching the moment in life when, like the rich young man in the Gospel, we wonder how God will judge our lives. On the one hand, not knowing the mind of God, this might seem to be fruitless exercise. On […] [Read more]

Mercy and the Conversion of Saint Paul

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Tweet Share51 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble When we first encounter Saint Paul, he is supporting the unjust killing of Saint Stephen, providing aid and encouragement by watching over the cloaks of the stone throwers (Acts 7:58). He was at that time a Pharisee known as Saul and we read in the […] [Read more]

Co-Creators with God the Creator: The Miracle of Birth

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Tweet Share98 Pin2 +12 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble In his encyclical letter on the care for creation, Pope Francis raises the spiritual dimension of the relationship between creativity and power. “Humanity has entered a new era in which our technical prowess has brought us to a crossroads,” he writes. On the one hand, […] [Read more]

Rallying, Praying and Marching for Life

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Tweet Share61 Pin3 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble Tomorrow morning we will gather for the Youth Rally and Mass for Life at the Verizon Center and D.C. Armory. Every year this is an unforgettable experience for the tens of thousands of animated young people who fill the two venues, and for me in […] [Read more]

Martin Luther King and Seeking Justice Through Love

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Tweet Share453 Pin1 +12 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the seminal event that launched the civil rights movement and thrust an unknown 26-year-old minister named Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., into national prominence. As our nation remembers him on this special day, […] [Read more]

Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us: The Response of the Gospel of Mercy

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Tweet Share179 Pin1 +16 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble It is not hard to remember from last fall the images on our television screens of the thousands and thousands of migrants and refugees streaming into Europe from Africa and the Middle East. Some of these people’s journeys began in perilous boat rides across the […] [Read more]

The Baptism of the Lord

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Tweet Share6K Pin1 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleThe feast of the Baptism of the Lord flows naturally from our celebration at Christmas of the birth of Jesus, who is Christ the Lord, and from the Solemnity of the Epiphany last week, when we recalled with joy the public revelation of the world’s Savior […] [Read more]

The Mercy of Hospitality

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Tweet Share275 Pin1 +13 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble Travel to any community in the country and you will likely find motels, hotels and restaurants that are happy to provide you – for a price – a room for the night or a hot meal. So extensive is the modern hospitality industry that some […] [Read more]

The Ministry of Bishop Manifests Christ’s Presence in the World

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Tweet Share187 Pin +12 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleToday is the traditional day for the celebration of Epiphany, in which the Church recalls how wise men from the east recognized the great Star of Bethlehem as a divine sign and followed this light to find the Lord Jesus. As they undertook their journey to […] [Read more]