Archive for July, 2017

Mary Magdalene: A Model of Discipleship

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Mary Magdalene, whose feast we celebrate on Saturday, has always been a popular, fascinating – and mysterious – figure in the life of the Church.  It was she to whom the Risen Jesus chose to appear first after his Resurrection.  She was in a sense the first evangelist as she then went out in haste […] [Read more]

The Rosary and the Fatima Prayer in the Life of the Faithful

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

The Rosary has been a significant and widely popular form of prayer throughout the Church ever since the devotion was developed and came into general use centuries ago.  With prayers rooted in scripture and meditation on the saving events at the heart of our faith, the Rosary has been called an “echo of the prayer […] [Read more]

The Need for Unity

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

When the Founding Fathers first took up the question of independence from England, they appreciated the need for unity among the 13 colonies.  But the outcome of the ensuing debate was by no means assured.  For a time it looked like one or more delegations might oppose the resolution, and the dream of a new […] [Read more]

A New Statue of Saint Junípero Serra and its Reminder to Always Move Forward

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Almost two years ago when Pope Francis visited our country, he canonized one of the greatest Catholic missionaries in this continent’s history, Father Junípero Serra, during an outdoor Mass held on the east steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. More recently, on Pentecost Sunday, it was my great pleasure […] [Read more]