Archive for May, 2018

Throwback Thursday: The Most Holy Trinity and the Nature of Humanity

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

The Most Holy Trinity, which the Church specially celebrates the Sunday after Pentecost, is the central and most profound mystery of the Christian faith and life.  While we human beings can grasp certain aspects of this ultimate truth about God, precisely as a mystery, a full understanding is beyond our limited human comprehension.  Yet, this […] [Read more]

Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Entering the Saint John Paul II Seminary chapel, one can see a lovely mosaic of Mater Ecclesiae, Mother of the Church, based on the mosaic that Pope John Paul II had installed in 1982 on the wall overlooking Saint Peter’s Square, one year after he survived an assassination attempt. The mosaic in our seminary’s chapel, […] [Read more]

Pentecost and the Fruits of the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church of Washington

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Pope Francis says in his recent apostolic exhortation that “holiness, in the end, is the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life” (Gaudete et Exsultate, 15).  Today, filled with and strengthened by the presence of the Holy Spirit as at the first Pentecost, we can see this local Church – clergy, religious and laity, […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Bringing the Love of Christ to Our Sisters and Brothers in Need

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Through our works of mercy, care and compassion, each of us can make the love of Jesus Christ present in our world.  One way of sharing the Gospel that is much appreciated, but which often goes quietly unnoticed except by those who are touched by it, is the Church’s ministry to those persons who are […] [Read more]

Honoring the Memory of Enslaved Ancestors

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

In a poignant ceremony recently, choir members from Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish stood together at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Washington singing “Shall We Gather at the River.”  The spiritual opened a prayer service for the installation of a commemorative plaque honoring men, women and children who in life had been enslaved and in death were […] [Read more]

The Gift of Motherhood

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

No two relationships between a mother and a child are the same. Most siblings would agree that they experience something in their own relationship with their Mom that is unique even within the same family. We recognize that the experience of carrying a child creates a bond that, even if diminished, is never broken. Pope […] [Read more]

Words of Advice for Our New Graduates and Thanks to Our Golden Apple Teachers

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Over the next few weeks, local Catholic universities and high schools will hold their commencement celebrations, which are not an ending, but a new beginning for these graduates. In addition to hearty congratulations to these young women and men, I would like to offer them a few words of advice. As you now put your […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: We Are Sent – The Ascension of the Lord

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

The Ascension of Jesus to heavenly glory forty days after his Resurrection marks the final act of his earthly ministry and the necessary prelude to the birth of the Church.  This is not an ending, but a new beginning.  Jesus ascended in his visible body to make way for his Mystical Body, the Church, which […] [Read more]

Mt. Olivet Cemetery Rain Garden Dedication

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Pope Francis begins his encyclical on caring for our common home with a line from Saint Francis’ Canticle of Creation:  “Praise be to You, my Lord.”  This famous hymn of praise of God beautifully portrays creation in familial terms, giving thanks for “Brother Sun,” “Sister Moon,” for our “Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Growing Closer to God

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Once when I was traveling, a flight attendant shared with me her feeling that something was missing in her life, saying that she wished she had the sense of wholeness she knew when she was younger and attending Catholic school.  It became clear as we talked that it had been a long time since she […] [Read more]