Archive for June, 2016

“If They Persecuted Me, They Will Persecute You”

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Martyrdom is the supreme testimony. It is the most vivid and most credible summary of the Gospel. Martyrs are Christians who take up the cross as Jesus did. They vividly fulfill the condition of discipleship laid down by the Lord himself (Matthew 16:24). They assume the role of Jesus on Calvary. Their death is a […] [Read more]

Fortnight for Freedom 2016: Witnesses to Freedom

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

In the state of affairs in which we find ourselves these days, the Fortnight for Freedom is offered to raise awareness and encourage people to speak out and defend our Catholic faith and Church. The American experience for two centuries had recognized the importance of religion in shaping political and cultural life. And priding ourselves […] [Read more]

Ordination to the Priesthood Live Stream

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

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Giving Thanks for Ten Blessed Years Together

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Ten years ago on June 22, 2006, when I received the shepherd’s staff as the archbishop of Washington, I said at the installation Mass, “Our faith journey together, beginning today, is the blessing we bring to each other, the blessing we share with each other.” Subsequently in the archdiocese’s Catholic Standard newspaper, I took the […] [Read more]

Making Earthly Life More Heavenly: Marriage Jubilarians

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Today, it is once again my privilege to celebrate a special Mass for married couples marking a significant jubilee anniversary. It is a day of profound love and thanks for 25, 50, 60 or even 75 years of married life together. The lives of these couples who have lived many years together are beautiful, but […] [Read more]

Love, Faith and Presence on Father’s Day

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to Washington last year and his recent apostolic exhortation on marriage and family life, Amoris Laetitia, both offer fathers, mothers and children many things to reflect on as we prepare to celebrate Father’s Day. Our Holy Father knows well the challenges to fatherhood in these times. “Some fathers feel they are […] [Read more]

“The New Evangelization Today”

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

The pressing task of our time is the New Evangelization. But what exactly is the New Evangelization? What is the message of the New Evangelization? Where and who is the intended audience? What do we seek to accomplish? What is needed for this work of the New Evangelization? To answer these and other questions, I […] [Read more]

Saint Anthony of Padua and the New Evangelization

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Today we celebrate the feast day of Saint Anthony of Padua, Italy, who was born to a noble family in Lisbon, Portugal, and baptized with the name Fernando. Canonized only a year after his death at the age of 36 on this day in 1231, and named a Doctor of the Church in 1946, Saint […] [Read more]

The Love of Jesus Christ Prevails over Evil and Death

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

It was with profound sadness that I learned this morning of the horrific violence that occurred in Orlando, Florida. Joined together in the Lord, recalling the promises of Christ, our first response is to think of those who have lost their lives in Orlando, and to pray that our heavenly Father now welcome them into […] [Read more]

Servants of All

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

The Archdiocese of Washington is blessed this morning with a new class of transitional deacons in addition to our newly-ordained priests in a couple of weeks. With each of these ordinations of seminarians to the transitional diaconate, as with the priesthood, we learn something of what it means for these men to give their lives […] [Read more]