Archive for February, 2018

Proclaim a Fast

Monday, February 26th, 2018

The Lord calls us to return to him with our whole heart, we heard on Ash Wednesday as the prophet Joel said to us, “Proclaim a fast!”  With this instruction, the Church began the season of Lent. From the very beginning, fasting, together with prayer and almsgiving, became the way of preparation to celebrate the […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Love and the Priesthood

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, giving thanks to God for the mission he entrusted to the Apostle Peter and his successors, including now, Pope Francis. Above all else, the Petrine ministry is one of love.  Indeed, while God calls people to a variety of walks of life – […] [Read more]

The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Many times in the Gospels we hear Jesus say, “Come, follow me,” and people did, setting out on the path of new and eternal life.  In our time, Christ’s voice continues to be heard, and today and next Sunday, a special group of people answering his call are gathering at the Basilica of the National […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: The Sacrament of Conversion

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

In what has become a tradition during Lent in our parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington, as well as in the neighboring Diocese of Arlington, our churches are open for the Sacrament of Reconciliation with The Light is ON for You campaign. These special moments to receive God’s mercy are in addition to the usual […] [Read more]

Ash Wednesday: Beginning Our Lenten Pilgrimage

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Today, our Lenten pilgrimage to the Paschal Mystery begins with people receiving ashes imposed on their foreheads in the sign of the cross, indicating a humble awareness of our human frailty and need to be cleansed and reconciled to God our Creator with all our heart. For forty days, we walk with the Lord Jesus […] [Read more]

World Day of the Sick 2018

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

The Gospels recount many examples of Jesus as a healer, and for two millennia the Church has continued his ministry of love, compassion and healing to those who are ill, infirm, disabled and vulnerable. For example, the Book of Acts tells how people brought the sick to the Apostles (5:15) and according to tradition, Saint […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Saint Josephine Bakhita, Witness of Hope for Victims of Human Trafficking

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Saint John Paul II canonized Saint Josephine Bakhita in the Great Jubilee Year 2000 and her journey to sainthood was a remarkable one.   Abducted and sold into slavery as a young girl, she endured beatings and brandings, but eventually she found freedom from enslavement.  Her family name unknown, upon her baptism into the Catholic […] [Read more]

A Church that Accompanies

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Pope Francis has raised up to greater heights and renewed emphasis a practice that has long been a part of pastoral ministry – accompaniment.  Particularly in his exhortation Amoris Laetitia, accompanying others with loving concern is central with respect to how the Church – in its institutional ministries and in the lives of the lay […] [Read more]

Presentation of the Lord

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Along Route 107 in upper Montgomery County, Our Lady of the Presentation Parish offers a distinctive landmark with its brick exterior adorned by a colorful mosaic depicting the Presentation of the Lord.  Today is the feast day of that joyous occasion in the life of Jesus that is also the subject of one of the […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Women Religious Manifest the Faith and Love of the Virgin Mary, Bride and Mother

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

When we look to the scene of the Annunciation, we find the archangel Gabriel sent by God to a humble daughter of Israel, Mary.  She is told of God’s plan for her, and on her response would depend the fate of all mankind.  Here was the focal point of all creation, “the fundamental event in […] [Read more]