Archive for February, 2016

Time and Eternity – the Blessing of One More Day

Monday, February 29th, 2016

“If only I had more time – another day in the week or more hours in the day to get done all that I need to do!” This is a common refrain of busy parents, students facing project deadlines and pastors at busy parishes. Probably all of us at one time or another have wished […] [Read more]

Missionaries of Mercy

Friday, February 26th, 2016

On Ash Wednesday, we set out on a forty-day penitential journey toward Christ’s Cross and Resurrection and the new life that he brings us. That same day, Pope Francis sent forth several hundred Missionaries of Mercy – priests from around the world to whom he gave a special mandate to be heralds and instruments of […] [Read more]

Repentance of the Church

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Back when I young priest, I was approached by a man who told me he had left the Catholic faith twenty-five years earlier. “What kept you away?” I asked. “You,” he replied. Then he explained, “I don’t mean you personally, Father. I mean the Church.” Somewhere along the line, he and many others like him […] [Read more]

Saintly Heroes: The Inspirational Witness of Saint Polycarp and Other Martyrs

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Adopting heroes is one of childhood’s enduring rites of passage. For many of us, our fathers or mothers were our first heroes, but then shortly followed by firefighters, police officers, comic-book heroes and professional athletes. It seems it is not just children who yearn for heroes, but adults as well. As Catholics, we are fortunate […] [Read more]

Ways to Pray: Fasting, Almsgiving and Service

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

As Catholics, we have built into our devotional lives certain periods of special prayer and practices such as fasting, almsgiving and service. It all begins, of course, with prayer, with our personal, active, living raising of heart and mind to God. But here we mean more than a quick formal prayer to start the day […] [Read more]

The Zika Virus and the Abortion Contagion

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

An unfortunate side-effect of the Zika virus epidemic has been the eagerness of abortion advocates to spread their pro-abortion contagion to Latin American countries trying to address this public health crisis in a constructive manner. As Pope Francis made clear during his February 18 flight back to Rome from his pastoral visit to Mexico, “Abortion […] [Read more]

The Light is ON for You Again!

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

This Lenten season marks the tenth year of a special kind of homecoming in the Church of Washington – “The Light Is ON for You” campaign, which invites people to come home to any Catholic church on Wednesday evenings during this time of spiritual preparation to receive God’s love and mercy in the sacrament of […] [Read more]

“Come, Follow Me”

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Today and next Sunday, the Church of Washington celebrates the Rite of Election and Continuing Call to Conversion in which we will welcome over 1,300 adults and younger people who are to be baptized, enter into full communion with the Church, or otherwise complete their Christian initiation at the Easter Vigil. Each time our local […] [Read more]

World Day of the Sick in Year of Mercy

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Fittingly, the Church celebrates the World Day of the Sick each year on February 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, as a reminder not only of that holy place of physical and spiritual healing where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared, but also of her role in leading us to Jesus, who brings us […] [Read more]

Lent in the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Each Ash Wednesday, I open the season of Lent by celebrating Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle. As the liturgy unfolds here and throughout the area, we see an inspiring witness of faith. Ash Wednesday is always quite popular, with large numbers of people attending and sometimes an overflow crowd standing outside. […] [Read more]