Archive for April, 2018

The Founding and Center of the Saint John Paul II Seminary

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Since the Archdiocese of Washington established the first seminary in the United States to be named for Pope John Paul II on May 1, 2011 – the date of his beatification – we have celebrated an annual Founding Day Mass there. This year’s liturgy is especially poignant because it comes soon after the tenth anniversary […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Faithfully Abiding in the Love and Truth of the Lord

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Mark’s Gospel tells us the cautionary and prophetic parable about a landowner, whom we know to be God, planting a vineyard and entrusting it to tenant farmers to produce a harvest.  But the tenants were not faithful stewards.  Instead, they sought to use the vineyard for their own purposes, even going so far as to […] [Read more]

“Nothing in this World is Indifferent to Us”

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

The weather this spring has called our attention to both the beauty and power of nature. Despite snowfall, magnolia and cherry blossoms withstood the cold temperatures and bloomed beautifully. We have marveled at the strength of the early spring flowers and the effect of the sun even on cold days.  It is all a testament […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: The Value of a Single Human Life

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

This weekend, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum marks the 25th anniversary of its dedication and opening.  With our nation having experienced in recent years a tragic crisis of disregard for the sanctity of human life as seen in shootings at schools and workplaces, terrorist attacks, and daily acts of murder, I would like to revisit […] [Read more]

Ten Years Ago, Pope Benedict Came Bearing Witness to “Christ Our Hope”

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Ten years ago this week, Pope Benedict XVI made his apostolic journey to our nation’s capital, which was truly a time of grace for the Archdiocese of Washington and the Church in the United States. The visit included a welcome by President George W. Bush at the White House, and meetings with the U.S. bishops, […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Child Abuse Prevention Month and Protecting the Innocent and Vulnerable Among Us

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Children are precious.  Their simplicity, their sense of wonder and enthusiasm, their laughter at play are all infectious.  Their innate way of receiving and giving tenderness, their way of seeing reality with a trusting and pure gaze, cannot fail to touch our hearts and fill us with hope for tomorrow, Pope Francis has observed. Children […] [Read more]

Pope Francis and the Call to Holiness in Today’s World

Monday, April 9th, 2018

“Rejoice and be glad.” With these words from Matthew’s Gospel (5:12), Pope Francis begins his apostolic exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate: The Call to Holiness in Today’s World,” released today.  The Holy Father’s goal with this document “is to repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, […] [Read more]

Mother of Divine Mercy

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

The Church today rejoices with Divine Mercy Sunday, always observed on the Octave of Easter. Instituted by Saint John Paul II in 2000, this feast of the Lord’s never-ending compassionate love offers “a message about the value of every human being. Each person is precious in God’s eyes; Christ gave his life for each one; […] [Read more]

Marching Ahead as the Dream of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Lives On

Friday, April 6th, 2018

The many events this week locally and throughout the nation to remember Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the 50th anniversary of his assassination with prayer services, rallies and symposia are only a small indication of the lasting and powerful mark he left in our country. Like many earth-shattering incidents, for those who are […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Encountering the Lord on the Road to Emmaus Today

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

The story that we read in the Gospel of Luke about the two disciples who encounter the Risen Lord on the road to Emmaus is in a way our story too in our lives, and the story of every Mass. As the disciples walk from Jerusalem on the third day after the crucifixion, their eyes […] [Read more]