Archive for November, 2016

Being Prepared for the Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

The Church lifts up the Advent season leading up to Christmas as a time of anticipation and waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus.  We look forward to celebrating his birth in Bethlehem, and we also meditate on the Parousia, the definitive second coming of Christ in glory when all will come to triumphant […] [Read more]

There is a Place for You in the House of the Lord

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

As the family of God gathers today on this first Sunday of Advent, we joyfully proclaim again and again in the Responsorial Psalm: “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord” (Psalm 122). This invitation to go together to God’s house is the heart of our annual archdiocesan “Find the Perfect Gift” evangelization […] [Read more]

Giving Thanks This Day

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praise to your name, Most High, To proclaim your love at daybreak, your faithfulness in the night, For you make me jubilant, Lord, by your deeds; at the works of your hands I shout for joy” (Psalm 92). Not a day goes by when […] [Read more]

People On the Move

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

It is said that Thanksgiving is the busiest travel time of the year. Trains, planes and automobiles are filled with people this week as they happily go to celebrate this holiday weekend with family and friends in other parts of the country. Then, after a few days of feasting and fellowship – as well as […] [Read more]

Our Mission to be Instruments of Unity in Society and in the Church

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

At the consistory of cardinals on Saturday in Rome, Pope Francis placed great emphasis on the “virus of polarization and animosity” that we have witnessed in our time. Confronting these divisions and the Church’s role in all this was also a prominent theme when the Holy Father came here and addressed the U.S. bishops and […] [Read more]

Belonging and the Mission to Build a Culture of Inclusion

Monday, November 21st, 2016

We have recently been highlighting various initiatives that are examples of the way in which our first Archdiocesan Synod is being implemented. Today, we turn our attention to Overarching Recommendation Number Five which urges that “the archdiocese and parishes identify, seek out and minister to those not fully involved in the life and mission of […] [Read more]

The Jubilee of Mercy: A Time of Renewal, Blessing and Grace

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

The Jubilee Year of Mercy began on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council.  Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, while I opened a Holy Door at our local Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle, […] [Read more]

The Year of Mercy: A Jubilee of Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7). The mercy we do others, such as patience and forgiveness, is often a mercy we do to ourselves as well – and the mercy we do not do usually only adds to our woes. When I was growing up, some of the neighborhood kids […] [Read more]

The Door of Mercy in the Church is Open to All in the Jubilee of Mercy . . . and Beyond

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Pope Francis has often discussed how profoundly touched he is by Christ’s calling of Saint Matthew. In the Gospel we read how Jesus went to dine at the house of Matthew, who as a tax collector was reviled by the community. When the Pharisees asked why he ate with tax collectors and sinners, the Lord […] [Read more]

Pope Francis’ Teaching and Witness of Mercy

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Blessed Pope Paul VI observed that people in today’s world are more likely to listen “to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses” (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 41). In this Jubilee of Mercy that concludes soon, on November 20, the Solemnity of Christ the King, Pope Francis […] [Read more]