Archive for July, 2016

Charisms and the Mission of the Holy Spirit

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

The scriptural accounts of the early Church, especially in the Acts of the Apostles and in the epistles of Saint Paul, show that the guidance and grace of the Holy Spirit were central to the life of the early Church. In fact, the early Fathers of the Church recognized that the Church and the Holy […] [Read more]

The Gift of Universality

Friday, July 29th, 2016

When you ask what is memorable about an international World Youth Day gathering, young Catholics often mention the universality of the Church. There are the sights and sounds of the colorful displays of so many different national flags, so many different languages and the presence of peers of every race and color, all gathered together […] [Read more]

World Youth Day Comes Home

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Today Pope Francis offered a welcome to young adult pilgrims gathered for World Youth Day (WYD) in Kraków – the city that is known as the spiritual and cultural capital of Poland, and the place where Saint John Paul II was a student, priest and archbishop. In a certain sense, this is something of a […] [Read more]

World Youth Day: Blessed Are The Merciful, For They Shall Obtain Mercy

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

World Youth Day 2016 begins today. If you are not present for the festivities there in Kraków, Poland, or are not participating locally in Kraków in the Capital on Saturday, July 30, I would nevertheless strongly encourage you to follow the events each day whatever your age. Pray along with Pope Francis and the millions […] [Read more]

World Youth Day Voices for Peace

Monday, July 25th, 2016

World Youth Day 2016 begins tomorrow, but many young pilgrims from around the world are already there in Kraków, including groups from the Archdiocese of Washington and also a special contingent from Iraq. In solidarity with our sisters and brothers from that land where the Church is suffering deadly persecution, and with all others who […] [Read more]

Summer Excursions: Day Trips to the Local Roots of Our Faith

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

As residents of the Washington metropolitan area, we are blessed to live in a place that is a destination for travelers from across the United States and around the world. These tourists can see the U.S. Capitol and White House and visit landmarks related to our nation’s founders and those who preserved our Union and […] [Read more]

The Need for Tolerance in the Land of Diversity

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Years ago in the days of my youth, when we were so engaged in the effort to establish a more peaceful world and experience more peace in our own country, we heard the often repeated challenge of Pope, now Blessed, Paul VI: “If you want peace, work for justice.” Today, I wonder if we might […] [Read more]

Finding the True Source of Happiness: A Novena on the Beatitudes

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Next week the Church Universal will celebrate the gift of our young people to our family of faith and the whole world as pilgrims begin to gather for World Youth Day in Kraków and here locally at “Kraków in the Capital” on the campus of The Catholic University of America. This is a special time […] [Read more]

Mass at the Beach

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Now is the prime season for individuals and families to pack their bags and head out for a vacation, flying or driving to a place that is apart from the D.C. metropolitan area. For many, the preferred getaway is found on the beaches lining the eastern shore of the United States, but for others, the […] [Read more]

Kraków in the Capital

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

One indicator of the vitality of a parish church is the presence of young people who are active in the worship life of the community and in parish activities. As our Archdiocesan Synod identified, this indicator is of particular importance in the Church of Washington because of the presence of so many young people studying […] [Read more]