Archive for November, 2017

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]

Black Catholic History Month: Celebrating Steadfast Witness

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Fittingly, the same month in which we commemorate the communion of saints, the Church in the United States also celebrates Black Catholic History Month, remembering and honoring the historic legacy and steadfast witness of the faithful with African or Caribbean heritage.  In fact, this proud faith history can be traced back to antiquity long before […] [Read more]

Violence And Death Will Not Have The Last Say

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

It was only a few short weeks ago that the nation mourned the horrific violence in Las Vegas and today we are again confronted with the news of another mass shooting, this time at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.  Initial reports indicate that more than two dozen worshipers were killed and another two dozen […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: The Universal Call to Holiness

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Yesterday, the Church celebrated All Saints Day, a solemnity for all the saints in heaven, known and unknown.  Today is All Souls Day, which the Church sets aside for us to remember and cherish those members of our spiritual family who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith.  In particular, we offer […] [Read more]

“The Challenge of Racism Today” Pastoral Letter

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Today, I have issued a pastoral letter, The Challenge of Racism Today, which I invite you to read, reflect upon and share with others.  It is my hope that all of us in this archdiocesan Church might then join together in a renewed effort to confront what continues to be a grave evil and sin […] [Read more]