Archive for March, 2016

Encountering the Lord on the Road to Emmaus Today

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Tweet Share40 Pin1 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

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

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Tweet Share14 Pin1 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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! […] [Read more]

Jesus Descends to the Abode of the Dead

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Tweet Share140 Pin1 +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Helping to Carry the Cross

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Tweet Share257 Pin1 +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Holy Thursday in the Year of Mercy

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Tweet Share76 Pin1 +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Pray for the Holy Church of God

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Tweet Share190 Pin1 +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Hosanna in the Highest

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Tweet Share186 Pin1 +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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: […] [Read more]

Saint Joseph: The Quiet Man of Faith

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Tweet Share60 Pin1 +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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’ […] [Read more]

The Genocide Against Christians in the Middle East

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Tweet Share3K Pin1 +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleOn 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 […] [Read more]

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

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Tweet Share47 Pin1 +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]