Archive for January, 2018

Catholic Schools Week 2018

Monday, January 29th, 2018

My visits to our Catholic schools often deliver valuable lessons themselves.  During one meeting with young students on a particularly cold wintery morning, I asked, “Why would you come to school on such a miserable day?” Then a fourth grade boy responded with great conviction, “I come to this school so I can get an […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Mercy and the Conversion of Saint Paul

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

When we first encounter Saint Paul, he is supporting the unjust killing of Saint Stephen, providing aid and encouragement by watching over the cloaks of the stone throwers (Acts 7:58).  He was at that time a Pharisee known as Saul and we read in the New Testament how he had wanted to destroy the nascent […] [Read more]

Seeking the Kingdom of God: The Cardinal’s Appeal 2018

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Every day, the programs and ministries of the Archdiocese of Washington and its parishes, schools and agencies bring Christ’s love and hope to those in need throughout our community, in the cold of winter and the heat of summer. Staff members and volunteers give schoolchildren the opportunity for a brighter future, help the homeless rebuild […] [Read more]

“Love Saves Lives”

Friday, January 19th, 2018

“I stand for life because I want to be a voice for the voiceless.” This beautiful statement was shared by a young high school student when asked why he is planning to come to the nation’s capital for the Youth Rally and Mass for Life, followed by the March for Life.  This sentiment too captures […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Martin Luther King and Working for Christian Unity

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

This week, our nation celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.  Although he is best known as a civil rights leader, he also played a vital role in the important work of Christian unity. On the night before his Passion, Jesus fervently prayed to the Father that his disciples might all be one, just as he […] [Read more]

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Throughout history, God has called individuals to respond to the needs of the age.  One such man was the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-68).  With a conviction deeply rooted in his faith in Jesus Christ, Dr. King gave true meaning and worth to the words “prophetic” and “countercultural.”  Like the prophets of old, […] [Read more]

Thanks and Prayers for the New Bishop of Richmond

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Today, a native son of the Church of Washington, Bishop Barry C. Knestout, is being installed as the new shepherd of the Diocese of Richmond at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. We rejoice that Pope Francis has given our now-former auxiliary bishop this responsibility to teach, lead and sanctify that portion of the Lord’s […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: The Mercy of Hospitality

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Travel to any community in the country and you will likely find motels, hotels and restaurants that are happy to provide you – for a price – a room for the night or a hot meal.  So extensive is the modern hospitality industry that some schools even offer degrees in managing these services.  It is […] [Read more]

Sharing in the Baptism of Our Lord

Monday, January 8th, 2018

With the feast of the Baptism of the Lord today, we rejoice in Jesus’ immersion in the waters of the Jordan as marking the beginning of his public life and his mission of our redemption. Jesus’ baptism is also another epiphany, with Saint John the Baptist bearing witness that Jesus is the Christ, the long-promised […] [Read more]

Journeying Toward a Just Peace for Migrants and Refugees

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Recognizing how often the people of God found themselves strangers in a foreign land, from Abraham and Jacob to the Holy Family and missionaries through the ages, the plight of migrants and refugees has long been a concern of the Church.  To raise awareness and celebrate the gifts that people from other lands have to […] [Read more]