Archive for March, 2017

The Holy Mass: The Liturgy of the Word

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Jesus began his public ministry with the reading of scripture and teaching in the synagogue (Luke 4:14-30).  In particular, in Nazareth he read a scroll from Isaiah (61:1-2):  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,” he began, and when he finished, he explained the scripture by proclaiming the kingdom of God was at hand. […] [Read more]

The Rose Mass and the Ministry of Healing

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Some of the most vivid stories of Jesus’ ministry are those in which he heals the sick. We can easily imagine the gratitude of Peter for Christ’s healing of his mother-in-law (Matthew 8:14-15) or the profound faith of the friends of the man lowered through the ceiling of the house where Jesus was preaching (Luke […] [Read more]

Modeling the Faith of Mary in Her Calling and Life

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

In the liturgical life of the Church, Saturday is the day of the week in which we honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was the disciple who best kept faith on the day that Jesus spent in the tomb. Today, nine months before Christmas, yet in the midst of Lent, we also celebrate the Solemnity […] [Read more]

The Holy Mass: Our Participation in the Sacred Mysteries of Jesus Christ

Friday, March 24th, 2017

The Mass is the heart of Catholic life. In it, we participate in the saving events of Jesus as they are made present again in our lives. Like our Lenten journey, the order of Mass can be seen as an ascent from the River Jordan to Jesus’ teaching ministry to Jerusalem and the Cross and […] [Read more]

Moses and the Exodus, the Mighty Deeds of God and Us

Monday, March 20th, 2017

To better understand our Lenten journey of hope toward the Risen Jesus, Pope Francis said in his general audience on Ash Wednesday that we must refer to the fundamental experience of the first Passover and the Exodus from Egypt, which prefigured our definitive salvation in Christ and is made present again in the Eucharistic sacrifice. […] [Read more]

Embracing the Mercy of God during Lent

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Yesterday we celebrated the fourth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis as Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ and Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church. The Gospel for the day, Monday of the Second Week of Lent, was from Saint Luke where it is recorded that, “Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Be merciful, […] [Read more]

Celebrating the Election of Pope Francis: Four Years Later

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Four years ago today, as a result of an ancient process of prayer, silent reflection and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Bishop of Rome and thus Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, also called Servant of the Servants of God, and became […] [Read more]

Ask the Cardinal: The Last Things Revisited in Light of Lent

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Experience shows that answers to questions tend to prompt more questions.  So it is with last month’s series on the Last Things.  As we proceed toward the Paschal Mystery of our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection, which are offered to us for our own redemption and salvation into new and eternal life, I would like […] [Read more]

Going to Confession

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

The sacrament of Confession is the outward manifestation of God’s mercy.  Also called Penance or Reconciliation, the sacrament lavishly benefits the one who seeks it, costs nothing and takes little time. Yet many Catholics do not often go.  Why? For some it is embarrassment or some other fear, others may not know how or have […] [Read more]

Together on the Journey of Faith

Monday, March 6th, 2017

As archbishop, it is my privilege to preside at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion each Lent.  Yesterday and again next Sunday combined, over 1,100 individuals from all over the archdiocese will have filled the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for this celebration.  As these adults and young […] [Read more]