Archive for February, 2017

The Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Tweet Share Pin2 +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble The purpose of sacred art in any Catholic church is to teach us something about our faith and ultimately lead us to Jesus. In Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s soaring masterpiece at the Altar of the Chair shows what is traditionally presented […] [Read more]

The Definitive Blessing of Life in the Glory of Heaven

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Tweet Share Pin1 +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble What lies beyond death is shrouded in mystery, something that we cannot fully comprehend, but Jesus Christ offers us the Good News of heaven, of new and everlasting life even after our earthly bodies have died and our temporal existence has ended. Still, all human […] [Read more]

The Mystery and Tragedy of Hell

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Tweet Share Pin +12 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleAs much as we might prefer to deny it, hell is a reality (CCC 1034-35). But exactly what hell is like and how it is experienced is couched in imagery and mystery. Scripture uses two very different pictures to describe hell – unquenchable fire, yet also […] [Read more]

The Questions of Purgatory and Limbo

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Tweet Share Pin1 +12 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble Any discussion on the Last Things – death, judgment, heaven and hell – is incomplete without taking up the matters of purgatory and “limbo.” In the popular imagination, purgatory is thought of as a place not unlike a waiting room. In fact, purgatory is not […] [Read more]

Judgment and Getting a Good Judgment

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Tweet Share Pin100 +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble In Michelangelo’s Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel, Jesus stands as the awesome central figure. This reminds us of the Gospel’s final rendering of justice depicting those who have been found worthy and those who have not (Matthew 25:31-46). We know that two kinds of […] [Read more]

The Mystery of Death and the Blessing of Christian Hope

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Tweet Share Pin1 +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble Eventually, bodies give out, all biological processes cease and then . . . utter and unsettling stillness of the flesh. Facing the reality of death is one of the hardest moments in life. When it arrives for someone we love, there is a host of […] [Read more]

Ask the Cardinal: The Last Things and the Mercy of God

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Tweet Share Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble If you ever teach a class, you come to appreciate people asking questions, even those that are quite challenging. Understandably, some of the most challenging questions deal with life and death.  The Church treats these matters under the heading of the Last Things – death, […] [Read more]

The 2017 Cardinal’s Appeal

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Tweet Share Pin1 +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble One of my greatest blessings as the archbishop of Washington comes when I visit our parishes, schools and Catholic agencies and I see how every day, people in our community encounter Christ and experience his love and hope through the great array of ministries and […] [Read more]

Something Greater than Ourselves

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Tweet Share Pin1 +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble The readings for daily Mass this week and next from the Book of Genesis speak to us of origins and meaning.  “In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth . . .,” we hear today (Genesis 1:1). Here and in later blog […] [Read more]

Giving Students a BOOST

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Tweet Share Pin1 +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum StumbleBoth the name and the corresponding initials of a new Maryland state initiative describe a cooperative effort to provide students with a brighter future.  It is the Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today scholarship program, known by the acronym BOOST and enacted this past spring, […] [Read more]