Archive for October, 2016

The Universal Vocation to Holiness and Religious Liberty

Monday, October 31st, 2016

In the Creed we profess our belief in the communion of saints. This includes the holy ones in heaven who have gone before us exemplifying what it means to follow Christ, the faithful departed being purified for the Father’s house and for whom we now pray, and it can and should include each of us […] [Read more]

Christian Citizenship

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

As Christians who are American, we enjoy a dual citizenship. By native birth or naturalization, we are citizens of the United States. By baptism, we are citizens of heaven. We are blessed with the heritage of the Founding Fathers who recognized that our life and liberties are endowed to us by God who watches over […] [Read more]

Conscience: Our Guide Through Life

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

In recent months there has been much discussion about conscience.  It is said, “Let your conscience be your guide” for the choices we make in daily life.  This includes the decisions we will make in the voting booth on Election Day. We are also urged to make a frequent “examination of conscience.”  And there is […] [Read more]

Practicing Faithful Citizenship

Monday, October 24th, 2016

What is the responsibility of the Catholic citizen?  Pope Francis reminds us that we need to participate in the civic process for the common good, “Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the […] [Read more]

Standing Up for Human Life: Saint John Paul II’s Mass on the National Mall

Friday, October 21st, 2016

As always, the feast day of Saint John Paul II tomorrow will be a time to remember his life and continue his legacy.  This year, I will celebrate a special Mass with the men studying to be priests at our Saint John Paul II Seminary in Washington.  Over at the nearby Saint John Paul II […] [Read more]

Saint Luke and the Gospel of Mercy

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

As we near the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy next month on the Solemnity of Christ the King, today’s feast of Luke the Evangelist is particularly noteworthy.  Just as Saint Luke’s second book, The Acts of the Apostles, has come to be known as the “Gospel of the Holy Spirit,” highlighting the mission […] [Read more]

Medical Ethics and Witness in a Time of Challenge

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

This weekend, the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) is holding its annual education conference in our nation’s capital. This will be an opportunity for Catholic physicians, nurses and other medical professionals to pray and reflect upon their vocation to the healing ministry, including our common calling to be “missionary disciples.” If we look at the face […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: We are Made for Life, We are Made for Love

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Going to the outskirts to encounter others, as Pope Francis asks, means confronting those great existential questions, being ready to give a reason for our hope when people ask: Why are we here? What’s the meaning of life? What’s the point of it all? These foundational questions go directly to all of the “hot button” […] [Read more]

Saint Ignatius Parish at Chapel Point and 375 Years of Making a Catholic Impact

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Saint Ignatius Parish in Chapel Point is the oldest Catholic parish in continuous service in the United States. Some families there have roots in colonial times, and even to the native peoples that predated the arrival of the original English settlers in 1634. Seven years after he landed with those pioneers aboard the Ark and […] [Read more]

Every Life is Worth Living

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

During Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, one of the most striking images was how the Holy Father’s love radiated whether he was greeting a head of state or a homeless person. His gestures, his words, his actions in every encounter proclaimed the truth that every life is worth living. As a gift from God, every […] [Read more]