Archive for April, 2017

In Service to the Lord and the Church

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Saint Catherine of Siena, whose feast we celebrate today, exemplifies the tremendous gift that so many women have been in the life of the Church. With a burning desire to serve the Lord, her life was one of rich and deep prayer combined with charity in service to others, including nursing those dying from the […] [Read more]

Helping Young People in the Life of Faith

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

As we move through the Easter Season, our Mass readings tell the wonderful story of the growth of the Church through the preaching of the first Apostles. That Gospel mission continues today and all the baptized, including young people, are called to be missionary disciples. Now Pope Francis has called a Synod of Bishops to […] [Read more]

The Divine Mercy of the Lord

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

The mercy of the Lord “lasts forever. From generation to generation, it embraces all those who trust in him and it changes them, by bestowing a share in his very life,” affirms Pope Francis (Misericordia et Misera, 2). This divine mercy expresses itself in the life of the Church in a variety of ways – […] [Read more]

A 90th Birthday Gift to Pope Benedict XVI

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Fittingly, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated his 90th birthday on Easter Sunday. This milestone offers a chance for us to reflect on the gift that his life has been to the Church and world and to offer gifts of our own. What has marked the life, ministry and pontificate of this pastor who was born […] [Read more]

Jesus Christ is Risen Today, Alleluia!

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

With joy and exaltation today, the Church proclaims once again, as we have done for two millennia, “Christ is Risen!” The Gospel tells us of the empty tomb, of the first witnesses, and history bears witness to the progress of Christ’s living Church through 20 centuries and all of the works of love and charity […] [Read more]

Reflections on the Cross on Good Friday

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Today, we – the Church Universal and the whole of humanity – come to the crossroads of history. We come to the Cross on which our Savior gave up his life as a ransom for ours so that we might have life eternal. On Good Friday, the Cross stands at the center of our thoughts […] [Read more]

The Institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

When God saved his people from death by the blood of the Passover lamb and delivered them out of bondage and oppression in ancient Egypt, he told them to eat unleavened bread and each year thereafter to observe this day as a memorial of the Passover of the Lord. The meal taken in community, which […] [Read more]

Leaders of Washington Faith Community Issue Statement in Support of the Persecuted Coptic Christians in Egypt

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

The following letter, signed today by leaders of the Washington area faith community and the Interfaith Conference of Washington, was sent to the Washington area Coptic Churches and priests. In light of the tragedy that occurred on Palm Sunday in Egypt, we write to express our deepest sympathy for all those whose lives were lost […] [Read more]

Statement from Cardinal Donald Wuerl Regarding Church Bombings in Egypt

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

At the conclusion of Palm Sunday Mass today at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C., I released the following statement in response to the attack against Coptic Christians in Egypt: It’s the belief of the Church, it’s the faith of the Church, that because of the Communion we have received and […] [Read more]

Homily: Blessing of the Palms and Mass for Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

With the blessing of the palm and the reading of the Gospel narrative of the passion and death of Jesus, the Church initiates, once again, Holy Week. You and I are here because our faith recognizes that it is precisely in the events of Jesus’ life that our redemption is achieved. Our salvation – all […] [Read more]