Archive for July, 2016

Faithful Citizenship and Civil Discourse

Monday, July 11th, 2016

This nation was established on the idea that we are all by nature free and equal persons. This concept of freedom does not mean absolute autonomy to do whatever one wants, but ordered liberty. It is the freedom to seek the good and live a conscientious virtuous life in harmony with the natural moral order, […] [Read more]

“If One Part Suffers, Every Part Suffers With It”

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

As with so many others across this nation, our hearts go out to the families of the law enforcement officers in Dallas who gave their lives for something greater than themselves. I have had the privilege of celebrating the Blue Mass here in our nation’s capital for law enforcement officers, fire fighters, first responders, and […] [Read more]

Parish Life Seen Through the Eyes of our Priests

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

This first week in July is a very special time in our archdiocese. Our eight newly-ordained priests begin their priestly ministry at the parish to which they were assigned. Pastors and associate priests, formally called “parochial vicars,” who have received new assignments also this week move to their new parish home. As I noted at […] [Read more]

The Roots of the Tree of Liberty in America

Monday, July 4th, 2016

When Father Andrew White and company boarded the Ark and the Dove back in November 1633 on voyage to establish the colony of Maryland, what they had in mind was freedom, not gold or conquest. They simply wanted the freedom to live and practice their faith openly without constraint or domination, together with the opportunity […] [Read more]

Saint Junípero Serra

Friday, July 1st, 2016

One of the most powerful moments from Pope Francis’ visit to Washington this past fall came at the Canonization Mass of Junípero Serra. The Holy Father stood on the east portico of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception looking out at a crowd of more than 25,000 people – the first […] [Read more]