Archive for March, 2018

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]

Throwback Thursday: The Unique Genius of Woman in the Church and Society

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

The beginning of March, which is Women’s History Month, includes the feast days of some remarkable women, giving us an opportunity to celebrate again the nature and dignity of women, and recognize the indispensable role they have played in salvation history and in the transmission of the faith.  This includes the many great women in […] [Read more]

The Compton Bassett Chapel and the House Churches of Early Christianity

Monday, March 5th, 2018

The original Compton Bassett house and estate, built by some estimates as early as 1700 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, is just one of many historic places we are fortunate to have in this area. For Catholics, however, the chapel on the property has even greater significance and, although it was built later, it has a […] [Read more]

Sharing in the Joy of Love in Marriage and Family

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

At Mass this weekend, we hear one of the most beautiful of the Gospel stories – Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:5-42). To the first listeners of this story, it sounded shocking, maybe even unbelievable:  Jesus talking to a woman who is not of his own people.  Jesus knowing all […] [Read more]