Archive for October, 2017

One Family in the Communion of Saints

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Halloween is traditionally a day in our country for children and others who are young at heart to dress up in costumes and have a bit of frivolous fun.  Of course, in the Church, the day points to something far greater: The origin of the word “Halloween” is from the old English “All Hallows Eve,” […] [Read more]

Discerning the Call of God

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

God intimately dwells within us by the gift of his Holy Spirit, which also unites us to one another by the divine love that is poured into our hearts.  By the grace of the Spirit, we can trust as well that the Lord will answer when we find ourselves asking, “What is it that God […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Protecting the Gift of Life Until Natural Death

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Death comes for us all, but it not for us to decide the hour, we are not the arbiters of life and death. Despite all its limitations and hardships, life on this earth is always a precious gift, the first of many blessings that God bestows upon us. It is the foundation upon which rests […] [Read more]

The Church as Foundation of the New Evangelization

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Today the Church of Washington is celebrating the annual White Mass, which takes its name from the white garments of our baptism, which in turn represent our new life as adopted children of God.  This liturgy hosted by our archdiocesan Department of Special Needs Ministries is a beautiful expression of the Church’s culture of inclusion […] [Read more]

Solidarity in Suffering

Friday, October 20th, 2017

On Sunday, Pope Francis canonized 30 martyrs, both priests and lay persons, who suffered and were killed in 1645 in a wave of anti-Catholic persecution in Brazil.  The Holy Father also entered into the canon of saints three indigenous child martyrs in 16th century Mexico who were killed for refusing to renounce their Catholic faith […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Each of Us is a Masterpiece of God’s Creation

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Like the Child Jesus, who is “forever the sign of God’s tenderness and presence in our world . . . today too, children are a sign. They are a sign of hope, a sign of life,” said Pope Francis during his visit to Bethlehem in 2014.  “Wherever children are accepted, loved, cared for and protected, […] [Read more]

Good News in the On-Going Challenges to Our Religious Liberties

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

It is a pleasure to share with you news that last Friday evening a binding agreement was signed between the United States Department of Justice and Jones Day, the law firm representing this archdiocese and more than 70 other religious entities and dioceses across the country. This settlement brings to a conclusion our litigation challenging […] [Read more]

Revitalized Parishes as Centers of the New Evangelization

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Parishes play an essential role in the Church’s mission of spreading the Gospel.  The 2012 Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization recognized that parishes are the places where so many people most experience the life of the Church. In the parish, one encounters Jesus in the initial proclamation of the Good News of salvation, […] [Read more]

The Good News of Salvation in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Although superseded this year because it falls on a Sunday, October 15 is usually the day when the Church lifts up for us Saint Teresa of Avila, a doctor of the Church whose witness and writings continue to offer lessons for the people of God. Like the modern age with its rapid changes and diminished […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Roe v. Wade through the Eyes of Our Youth

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The Youth Rally and Mass for Life in January is one of the highlights of the ministry of the Archdiocese of Washington.  One can’t help but be uplifted by the energy and enthusiasm of the tens of thousands of young people who fill local arenas to stand up for the sanctity and dignity of all […] [Read more]