Archive for September, 2016

Growing in Knowledge and Understanding of the Word of God

Friday, September 30th, 2016

As the fall season settles in, a bit of that “back-to-school” feeling stays with us long after our student days are over. There is a natural inclination to learn and to grow that is part of the human experience at every age. With the Church today celebrating Saint Jerome, the prolific scholar who is credited […] [Read more]

The Blessing of Pope John Paul the First

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

His papacy was extremely short – only 33 days – but Pope John Paul I made a lasting impact.  “One month was enough for him to have conquered hearts and, for us, it was a month to love him intensely,” affirmed Cardinal Carlo Confalonieri at his funeral Mass, “It is not length which characterizes a […] [Read more]

The Enduring Impact of the Papal Visit

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Nationals Park will always bring back special memories of Pope Benedict XVI’s Mass there in 2008, shortly after it opened. The cheering crowd of 50,000 people in their diversity offered the Holy Father a view of the face of the Church in America, and he stretched out his arms as if to embrace them and […] [Read more]

A Video Look Back at the Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

There are so many great memories of the time we spent with our Holy Father Pope Francis in our midst last year at this time.  Thanks to our highly talented archdiocesan communications staff, many of these images have been recorded for posterity.  As we look back at the papal visit and give thanks to God […] [Read more]

Celebrating the First Anniversary of the Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The visit of Pope Francis one year ago, September 22-24, was electrifying, jubilant and a moment of grace for our local Church, the greater metropolitan community and our nation. Excitement for the Vicar of Christ among us was evident everywhere he went.  It began when his plane landed and he was greeted with cheers and […] [Read more]

Prayers and Best Wishes for Bishop Martin D. Holley

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

When Jesus had concluded his earthly ministry, before ascending to heavenly glory he sent out his Apostles to continue his work of bringing the Good News of salvation to humanity. The Lord told them to “go into the whole world” and be his “witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of […] [Read more]

“Prayer: The Faith Prayed”

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Who first taught you how to pray? For most, the answer is “my parents.” The earliest memory of prayer for many people is praying at meals or before going to bed. This was probably the experience of Jesus too, with prayer being the constant background of his life growing up with the premier models of […] [Read more]

The Renaissance of Consecrated Life

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

There is a renewed youthfulness and vibrancy in consecrated religious life today.  The signs are all around us. At the recent Mass of Canonization for Saint Mother Teresa, there was a sea of young faces in the many Missionaries of Charity assembled in Saint Peter’s Square.  Likewise, those attending World Youth Day this summer were […] [Read more]

Mass of Thanksgiving for the Canonization of Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Today we praise God in a special way with a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Canonization of Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Like we saw in Saint Peter’s Square last Sunday, the scene at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception prominently featured the distinctive Missionaries of Charity, who are themselves a manifestation […] [Read more]

National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities

Friday, September 9th, 2016

The word pontiff comes from the Latin word pontifex, meaning bridge builder. During his historic address to Congress last year, Pope Francis was just that, encouraging our political leaders to work together for the common good of all Americans. In his talk, he emphasized that our response to division and strife in our communities must […] [Read more]