Archive for January, 2018

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. (1929-69).  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]

Throwback Thursday: The Public Revelation of the Savior of the World

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Before the invention of satellites or digital compasses and the Global Positioning System, travelers, navigators and mariners looked to the stars for guidance. The Gospel of Matthew tells us about one particular star, the Star of Bethlehem, which pointed to the Lord Jesus and guided the Magi from the East (Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11).  Following the […] [Read more]

Love and Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church

Monday, January 1st, 2018

As we begin a New Year on the civil calendar today, the Church lifts up for us the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, who ushered in a new beginning for all humanity and whose “soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord” (Luke 1:46). “Whenever we look to Mary,” Pope Francis has said, “we come […] [Read more]