Archive for November, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Bringing the Light of Advent to a Black Friday Culture

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

The use of the term, “Black Friday,” to identify the day after Thanksgiving has always struck me as appropriate given how swiftly our society turns its attention from thanking God for our many blessings to scrambling to the stores in the middle of the night to find a bargain on the “perfect gift” for Christmas.  […] [Read more]

Making a Positive Difference in the Care of Creation

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Laudato Si’ has become a catalyst for us all – individuals, families, the Church and communities – to join in solidarity for the protection of ecosystems and promotion of sustainable use of natural resources. In that light, I applaud the innovative green infrastructure partnership recently entered into between the archdiocese, Mount Olivet Cemetery and the […] [Read more]

Jesus Christ is King

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

It has been the practice of the Church since 1925 to mark the last Sunday of the Church year by celebrating the Solemnity of Christ the King. At the time of the establishment of the feast with his encyclical Quas Primas, Pope Pius XI was concerned with a spreading wave of anti-clericalism and secularism, and […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Give Thanks to the Lord for He is Good and His Love Endures Forever

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

It is said that the busiest travel season is Thanksgiving.  People trek all over the country, not to feast on turkey and pumpkin pie – they can have those at home without the expense and several hours traveling.  No, they go to spend time with family. In addition to family, some have discovered the joy […] [Read more]

Give Thanks and Celebrate with a Feast

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

This week our nation celebrates our civil holy day of Thanksgiving, with people across the country gathering with family and friends for a feast to offer thanks to God for all the blessings in their lives. The holiday also reminds us how feasts play a prominent role in our lives as people of faith. Feasts […] [Read more]

Being Truly Prepared

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Under the adage of being prepared for life’s certainties and uncertainties, there is an entire industry of magazines, books and shows on radio and television dedicated to financial advice and to retirement and estate planning.  Likewise, we are cautioned to be ready in case of disasters, emergencies, accidents or illness by having insurance, a stockpile […] [Read more]

World Day of the Poor

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

From the very beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis has implored us to go and share Christ’s love and hope with those on the margins of society, especially the poor.  Now, to promote this culture of encounter even more, the Holy Father has established a World Day of the Poor, the first of which is […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Seek First the Kingdom

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

We read in the Gospels how Jesus urges his listeners to not be anxious about worldly concerns, but to “seek first the kingdom of God” and God in his providence will provide the things we need (Matthew 6:25-33).  “Do not be afraid any longer,” he says, “for your Father is pleased to give you the […] [Read more]

Serving the Ministry of Bishops and the Portion of God’s Flock Entrusted to Them in the United States

Monday, November 13th, 2017

As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gathers for its fall general assembly, this week also marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of this country’s national conference of bishops in service to the Church.  What we know today as the USCCB has its roots in the National Catholic War Council, which was formed […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Communion in Service to Jesus Christ and His Church

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

As Catholics, we live not simply as individuals, but also in the unity of the Body of Christ that is the Church, which is meant to be a reflection of the communion of persons in the Holy Trinity.  “As it is, there are many parts, yet one body,” teaches Saint Paul. “For in one Spirit […] [Read more]