Archive for May, 2017

Honoring our Fallen Service Members

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Memorial Day weekend is thought of as the “first weekend of summer,” but it is also so much more. Here in and around the nation’s capital, we have many particular reminders of why the day was founded. For example, Arlington National Cemetery and memorials on the National Mall are destinations for many Americans to remember […] [Read more]

Summer Reading

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Soon summer will be here as schools complete this academic year, and families and individuals set out on vacations. For many, the summer also offers another kind of getaway. Relaxing at the beach, or in the mountains, or beside a lake, or in the woods, or even a “stay-cation” at home, offers a chance to […] [Read more]

Turning to the Lord in Prayer for our Sisters and Brothers in Egypt

Friday, May 26th, 2017

The news of the latest attack on Christians in Egypt is still breaking, but this much we know: At least two dozen Coptic Christian men, women and children were killed and dozens more wounded today when a team of gunmen opened fire on their bus which was on the way to a monastery. This follows […] [Read more]

The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

The feast of Jesus’ Ascension to heavenly glory forty days after his Resurrection highlights for us the unique role of the Church, the sacred task of the sacraments and our own expectation of eternal life. The Solemnity of the Ascension commemorates the final act of Jesus’ earthly ministry and the necessary prelude to the birth […] [Read more]

Temperance and the Challenge of Substance Abuse

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

A good meal is one of the real pleasures in life and, indeed, the traditional way to celebrate is with a feast, as the Church’s liturgical calendar attests. If you are the one doing the cooking, then you know how important it is to have the right ingredients in the right amounts and cooked at […] [Read more]

Gaining True Wisdom from the Word of God

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

“Whatever you ask I shall give you” (2 Chronicles 1:7; 1 Kings 3:5). If we could have anything, if this was said to us or in making birthday wishes, how would we respond? When God said this to new King Solomon, he asked for “wisdom and knowledge,” and he said, “Give your servant a listening […] [Read more]

Mother’s Day and the “Joy of Love”

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

The opening sentence of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia, offers the perfect context for Mother’s Day: “The joy of love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church.” The first and most immediate human relationship we experience is with our mothers. With God, they give us life and by […] [Read more]

The Canonization of Saints Jacinta and Francisco on the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

At a Mass earlier today during his pilgrimage to Fatima, Pope Francis canonized the two shepherd children, Jacinta Marto and her older brother Francisco, who were previously beatified by Saint John Paul II in 2000. The lives of these holy children bear witness to the words of Jesus, “Let the children come to me, and […] [Read more]

Evangelization and Supporting the Trinity Dome

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Evangelization is the mission of the Church and there are an infinite number of ways that we carry out this work, as demonstrated in the coming weeks.  For example, in the life of the Church, May is the month of Mary.  Recent popes have spoken of the Blessed Virgin as the “Star of Evangelization” because […] [Read more]

The 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

Monday, May 8th, 2017

On Saturday, the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima, the devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary that fills the hearts of the faithful and the Church Universal will become even more intense with the 100th anniversary celebration of those events in the meadow of Cova da Iria that are as remarkable today as they […] [Read more]