Archive for June, 2018

Throwback Thursday: A New Creation in John the Baptist

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

In the Gospel of Saint Luke, we read that Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist and a priest of the Temple, was a righteous man in the eyes of God.  Yet even good people can sometimes get caught up in the ways of the world, thinking as men think, not as God thinks (cf. […] [Read more]

Celebrating the Vocation of Fatherhood

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

The celebration of Father’s Day offers us an opportunity to reflect on the irreplaceable role fathers play in the life of the family, in society and in the Church. In the creation story, we learn that the Lord intends for a man called to the vocation of fatherhood and made in God’s image and likeness […] [Read more]

Ordinations to the Priesthood

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Tomorrow, June 16, I will have the joy of ordaining the three newest priests for the Archdiocese – Father Oscar Astigarraga, Father Andrew Clyne and Father Kevin Fields – during a Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. This evening, people are gathering at the Basilica for a Eucharistic Holy […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Making Earthly Life More Heavenly: Marriage Jubilarians

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

This Sunday, it will once again be my privilege to celebrate a special Mass for married couples marking a significant jubilee anniversary.  It is a day of profound love and thanks for 25, 50, 60 or even 75 years of married life together. The lives of these couples who have lived many years together are […] [Read more]

Summer Reading and Growing in the Gospel Life

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Usually this blog comes from Cardinal Wuerl but in anticipation of summer, which for many is traditionally a time for reading, the Archdiocesan Communications Office would like to use this space to present, in place of the Cardinal’s comments, the following proposed reading list:   Ways to Pray: Growing Closer to God (2015).  As social media […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Servants of All

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

The Archdiocese of Washington will be blessed this coming Saturday morning with a new class of transitional deacons, to be followed on June 16 by the addition of newly-ordained priests to our spiritual family.  With each of these ordinations, we learn something of what it means for these men to give their lives in service […] [Read more]

The Gift of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

For good reason the Eucharist is called the “source and summit” of our Catholic faith (Lumen Gentium, 11; CCC 1324). In his last encyclical, dated Holy Thursday 2003, Saint Pope John Paul II wrote: “When the Church celebrates the Eucharist, the memorial of her Lord’s death and resurrection, this central event of salvation becomes really […] [Read more]