Archive for May, 2016

A Day for Remembering and Giving Thanks

Monday, May 30th, 2016

As our country becomes increasingly individualistic, secular and materialistic, the risk is that we forget who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. One example of this is the way we commemorate our holy days like Easter and Christmas, and civic holidays like Memorial Day and Labor Day. On Easter and […] [Read more]

Corpus Christi: Christ’s Real and Abiding Presence in the World Today

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Over the past couple of years, many parishes have returned to the practice at Mass of ringing hand bells at the elevation of the Host and Chalice. For parishioners of a certain age, this harkens back to a childhood memory of going to the sacred liturgy. It is a beautiful practice whose renewal helps call […] [Read more]

The Nature of the Human Being, Male or Female

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Throughout history, but more acutely in our day, people have pondered the mystery of their life. The details on resumes – occupations, education, residence – really do not answer the fundamental question of our very essence. We want to know the objective and enduring truth about ourselves, “Who am I? What am I? What does […] [Read more]

Mary, Help of Christians

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

The Blessed Virgin Mary is a beautiful, beloved, essential and pervasive figure in Christian life and in the Church’s calendar. She has been since the early days of the Church. Her feasts are as varied as the cultures of the world, with each having special traditions, customs, and habits of piety. For example, the Church […] [Read more]

The Most Holy Trinity and the Nature of Humanity

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

The Most Holy Trinity is the central and most profound mystery of the Christian faith and life. While we human beings can grasp certain aspects of this ultimate truth about God, precisely as a mystery, a full understanding is beyond our limited human comprehension. Yet, this deep mystery of God’s inner life and essence is […] [Read more]

Light the City: Come and See

Friday, May 20th, 2016

“Come and see.” This is how our Lord began gathering disciple and followers (John 1:39). Jesus met people going about the task of daily life and invited them to learn more about him and his Father by listening, praying, learning and celebrating together. On Pentecost, we were reminded that one of fruits of receiving the […] [Read more]

Pope Francis in Graduation Season

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

If his schedule would allow it – and it is safe to say, it does not – Pope Francis would probably be the most in-demand commencement speaker in the world, sought out by colleges and universities, and probably high schools and elementary schools too, Catholic and non-Catholic, private and public alike. In this season when […] [Read more]

Welcome News … But the Fight Continues

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court, issued a per curiam ruling which vacates the judgments of appellate courts around the country that had upheld the HHS mandate against legal challenges brought by the Archdiocese of Washington and other religious employers. The Court’s order also returns those cases to the respective courts of appeal for […] [Read more]

Our Participation Today in the Mystery of Pentecost

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

When we celebrate Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit, we need to pause and reflect on just how pervasive and ever-present the marvelous gift of the Spirit is. If we neglect the Spirit, the giver of life and font of all saving grace, then we impoverish our own lives and we remain unknown […] [Read more]

Golden Apple Teachers

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Leaving an apple on a teacher’s desk is an enduring sign of thanks for the difference he or she makes in a child’s life. This evening, we will show our own appreciation to ten outstanding teachers from Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Washington by awarding each of them a Golden Apple for their teaching […] [Read more]