Archive for March, 2016

Encountering the Lord on the Road to Emmaus Today

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

The story that we read in the Gospel of Luke about the two disciples who encounter the Risen Lord on the road to Emmaus is in a way our story too in our lives, and the story of every Mass. As the disciples walk from Jerusalem on the third day after the crucifixion, their eyes […] [Read more]

Easter Sunday Homily from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

What brings us to the Basilica, this Easter morning is our own personal act of faith. We are here because we need to be here. We need to hear, once again, the proclamation that is at the very heart of our faith. Christ is Risen! No matter how many Easter Sundays we have celebrated there […] [Read more]

Jesus Descends to the Abode of the Dead

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Two days ago, life for the Apostles seemed to be business as usual. Then, with dizzying speed, everything changed. In the space of a few hours, Jesus was arrested, tried, scourged, and crucified. Now his dead body lies in the tomb as his stunned followers try to make sense of it all. The Church knows […] [Read more]

Helping to Carry the Cross

Friday, March 25th, 2016

On this day when we recall the Passion of our Lord, our thoughts turn also to our sisters and brothers in the birthplace of Christianity who continue to suffer the trials of violent persecution, social instability and economic hardship. To learn about how you can offer your assistance to them, please watch and share with […] [Read more]

Holy Thursday in the Year of Mercy

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Our commemoration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday takes place this year in the context of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy,” affirms Pope Francis, adding, “Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions and his entire person reveals the mercy of God” […] [Read more]

Pray for the Holy Church of God

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

As we prepare ourselves for the sacred Paschal Triduum that begins tomorrow, culminating in the triumph of Easter, we follow the way of the cross that was traveled by Jesus two millennia ago and has continued to be traveled by his body in the world today, the Church.  The Church does not only meditate and […] [Read more]

Hosanna in the Highest

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

On this day of Palm Sunday, we begin Holy Week, accompanying our Lord Jesus from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem to the culmination of his saving work in the Sacred Triduum. So, in a special way this week, let us pause to reflect and pray: Today we gather together to herald with the whole Church […] [Read more]

Saint Joseph: The Quiet Man of Faith

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

As we enter into the final days of Lent we begin to prepare ourselves to celebrate the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord. Easter is the greatest feast of the Church’s year. It is the “Solemnity of solemnities,” which celebrates the fulfillment of Jesus’ redemptive mission on earth and, in his resurrection, the fulfillment […] [Read more]

The Genocide Against Christians in the Middle East

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

On behalf of the Church of Washington, and personally, I would like to express my appreciation for the U.S. State Department’s official recognition that the violent atrocities and persecution being perpetrated by ISIS against Christians constitutes genocide. This legal action follows the declarations of Congress and the European Parliament condemning as genocide this aggression by […] [Read more]

The Legal Arguments for Religious Liberty in the Challenge to the HHS Mandate

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

As a follow-up to yesterday’s summary review of the major issues involved in the legal challenge to the HHS Mandate brought by the Archdiocese of Washington, its affiliated organizations and others, I would like now to share with you some of the specific legal arguments presented in the briefs filed with the Supreme Court. The […] [Read more]