Archive for August, 2016

The Corporal Works of Mercy: Shelter the Homeless

Monday, August 29th, 2016

In a beautiful address at Saint Patrick’s church last year, Pope Francis assured those present who live on the street or depend on the kindness of others that the Lord identifies with them and all who suffer material and/or spiritual hardship. Noting that when Mary was about to give birth, there was no room in […] [Read more]

Sharing the Love and Joy of the Gospel at Faith Day at National’s Park

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Have you been following our Washington Nationals this summer? If so, you know that for most of the season they have been in first place in their division thanks to strong pitching and excellent hitting. Going into the final weeks of the regular season, it will be exciting to see if they can remain at […] [Read more]

A Time for Local Young People to SOAR

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

This summer has seen some positive steps taken by politicians from both sides of the aisle, but more remains to be done. Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that, among other things, includes the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Reauthorization Act of 2016 (SOAR), which would extend the highly popular D.C. […] [Read more]

Homily: Opening of Catholic Schools Mass

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Monday, August 22, 2016 Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord. It is a great joy for me to welcome all of you to this Mass for the Opening of Catholic Schools as we begin another academic / pastoral year in this archdiocese. The importance of your […] [Read more]

The Psalms of Mercy

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Throughout history, the Psalms have been an important part of Jewish and Christian life, prayed in the liturgy and as part of personal devotion, together as a community and individually. The Psalms are traditionally chanted or sung, but they can be spoken as well, and they are a school of prayer for the way they […] [Read more]

Ben-Hur and the Impact of an Encounter with Christ

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

For thousands of years, artists and writers have used their talents to bring to others the experience of the human condition encountering the transcendent. In particular, they have sought to depict in paint and stone, words and music, live theater and film, the mystery of faith in Jesus Christ – the events of his ministry, […] [Read more]

The Assumption of Mary: A Bridge Between Earth and Heaven

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Today we joyously celebrate the bodily assumption of our Blessed Mother into heaven. All of us who have ever turned to Mary as source of hope and solace know we can trust our prayers to her because of her maternal love for us and because of her closeness to Jesus. When he taught the dogma […] [Read more]

Trust in Jesus, Trust in Prayer

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Communities around the world have been touched by violence over the past spring and summer. Here in our own country, one repercussion of this experience is a lack of confidence. Many people wonder if they can rely on their neighbors, our elected leaders, or those whose job it is to protect us and our communities. […] [Read more]

The Treasures of the Church

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

One of the most enduring legacies of our faith is the memorialization of outstanding Christian men and women whose stories have been passed down from generation to generation, even when we know little about their lives or even the exact years in which they lived. This is the case with Saint Lawrence, martyr, whose feast […] [Read more]

The Value of a Single Human Life

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

During his journey to Poland for World Youth Day, Pope Francis visited the notorious death camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau to offer up prayers for the more than one million people killed there under the Nazi program of extermination. For all who go there, it is an experience that stays with them forever. Many of those sent […] [Read more]