Posts Tagged ‘Baptism’

Trinity Sunday

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity that we will celebrate this coming Sunday honors not an event, but a truth revealed by Jesus Christ – and according to the Catholic faith, it is the most important truth of all. Trinity Sunday, which falls on the Church calendar one week after Pentecost, celebrates the eternal […] [Read more]

Their Lenten Journey – and Ours

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

One of the most powerful and inspiring manifestations of the Holy Spirit alive and at work in our community today unfolds during the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion. As archbishop, I will preside at those ceremonies at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the first two […] [Read more]

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a Celebration of Every Christian’s Baptism

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

In a deeply Trinitarian vision recorded in the Book of Revelation, Saint John sees the river of the water of life flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb (Revelation 22:1). John then hears an invitation to come share the life of the Trinity, “Let the one who thirsts come forward, and the […] [Read more]

The Sign of Our New Life in Christ

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

“Your brother will rise.” These beautiful 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 beautiful Gospel stories.  This story of the raising of Lazarus, which we hear on this Fifth Sunday of Lent, prepares us to enter into the […] [Read more]

New Creations in Christ

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

In Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans, which is the second reading at Mass for this First Sunday of Lent, we are reminded of how all of us are both marked by the sin of Adam and, through the grace of Baptism, reborn by sharing in the life in Christ. “Just as through one transgression […] [Read more]

The Beauty of the Church Seen in the Fourth Annual White Mass

Friday, October 18th, 2013

“God is in every person’s life,” Pope Francis reminds us in his interview in America magazine. Then he challenges us, “You can, you must try to seek God in every human life.” At 11:30 a.m., this coming Sunday, at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle, our local Church will celebrate one of the most […] [Read more]

Open the Door of Faith

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Today in parishes all over our archdiocese, hundreds of men and women who serve as catechists in our religious education programs will be commissioned for service. This year’s theme, “Open the Door of Faith,” celebrates not only The Year of Faith but also how learning deepens faith and fosters an encounter with the risen Lord. […] [Read more]

Made New Again in the Baptism of the Lord

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Last Sunday, we celebrated the Epiphany, the manifestation of the Lord to the Magi, and today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord and the revelation of the mystery of the Holy Trinity, calling us to heed the words of Jesus to go and “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of […] [Read more]

Our New Life in Christ

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

With great solemnity, the Church celebrates baptism and Easter, and along with the Easter Candle, the baptismal font and its water are the central symbols of the Easter season.  On Easter Sunday and each Sunday of the Easter season (the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost), the priest will bless water with these words, “Bless […] [Read more]