Archive for March, 2018

“Because by Your Holy Cross, You have Redeemed the World”

Friday, March 30th, 2018

Today in neighborhoods across the Archdiocese of Washington, as in many places around the globe, people are walking in solemn procession behind large wooden crosses commemorating the crucifixion and death of our Lord. Some of the processions will takes place in the context of the Stations of the Cross, stopping at various churches or at […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Do This in Memory of Me

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Today, Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper is a retelling of the story of God’s love, a love for each one of us individually. On Holy Thursday, we hear the story of the Passover meal in the Book of Exodus and then, in the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians, how in […] [Read more]

On Waving Palm Branches

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Today we begin the holiest week of the liturgical year with two Gospel readings at Mass. First, at the start of the Eucharistic celebration, as a Church we stand holding palm branches and listen to the account from Saint Mark of Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We place ourselves in the story as part of […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: The Sign of Our New Life in Christ

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

“Your brother will rise.” These encouraging and comforting words spoken by Our Lord to Martha, grief-stricken at the death of her brother Lazarus, are part of one of the most familiar and inspiring Gospel stories.  This story of the raising of Lazarus, which was heard last Sunday on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, prepares us […] [Read more]

Bringing Gifts, Beauty and Dignity to Society

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

One of my joys is sharing with you and others the many ways that members of our spiritual family are manifesting God’s kingdom in the world. For example, a regular volunteer for Saint Maria’s Meals program, Maria Teresa Guadalupe McMurtrie continues a special legacy when she serves dinner to the homeless and other poor outside […] [Read more]

The Fifth Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Today is the Solemnity of Saint Joseph and it is also the fifth anniversary of the Mass for the Inauguration of Pope Francis.  When Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected and “Habemus Papam! (We have a Pope!)” was proclaimed five years ago, most people wondered who this man was.  But the excitement felt there in Saint […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Padre Pio and Our Spiritual Journey to Holiness

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

This Saturday in the season of Lent, March 17, Pope Francis is making a pastoral pilgrimage to Pietrelcina and San Giovanni Rotondo on the occasion of the centennial year of the appearance of the stigmata of Saint Padre Pio and the 50th anniversary year of his death. One of the most popular pilgrimage sites in […] [Read more]

Interesting Reading

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Lots of books, manuscripts and texts arrive at my desk.  I am always grateful, even if I do not have an opportunity to go through each one of them with the care it merits. However, I would like to touch on just a few recently arrived texts in the hope that you, too, might find […] [Read more]

Lent in the Holy Land

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

From the earliest days of the Church, the faithful at Mass would offer contributions to be distributed for the support of the community and those who are in need (cf. Acts 2:45, 4:34-35).  Added to these donations were also the gifts of prayer.  That practice continues today in the context of the Liturgy of the […] [Read more]

The Rose Mass

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

The Gospels record vivid examples of Christ the healer as he cured people and revealed the healing love and mercy of God’s kingdom: “the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised” (Matthew 11:5). At this morning’s 27th annual Rose Mass at the Church of the […] [Read more]