Posts Tagged ‘Blessed John Paul II’

Praying with the Family of God in Our Lenten Journey

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

At the end of the funeral Mass for Pope John Paul II, when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger came forward for the final commendation and farewell, he paused for several minutes as the crowd cheered, crying out “Santo Subito” while waving banners that also read in translation, “Sainthood now!” Days earlier, on April 2, 2005, the people […] [Read more]

Love and the Priesthood

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Last Saturday, it was my great joy to dedicate and bless a new wing at Blessed John Paul II Seminary – so vibrant is the life of faith in our local Church that we need more room.  Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, giving thanks to God for the […] [Read more]

The Gift of Blessed John Paul II

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

With Catholics around the world, I rejoiced at Pope Francis’s announcement that Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II will be canonized on April 27, 2014 – Divine Mercy Sunday. Both popes in their own way helped bring Jesus to the modern world – with Pope John XXIII opening the Second Vatican Council, and […] [Read more]

The Little Way of the Little Flower: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

It was an extraordinary scene in Saint Peter’s Square as the crowd chanted, “Santo subito!” (“Sainthood now!”), at the funeral for Pope John Paul II.  Those cries will be validated by his canonization on April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday, together with the canonization of Blessed Pope John XXIII, but this formal affirmation by the […] [Read more]

Mary, Star of Evangelization

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

In preparation for the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which we observe on August 15, I invite you to a three-part reflection on learning from Our Blessed Mother how to be evangelizers.  Both Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI spoke of Mary as the “Star of Evangelization” because of […] [Read more]

Seminaries of the Home

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Just before Christmas, I had the privilege of celebrating Mass and then attending a dinner for the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Washington, held at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Hyattsville, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last fall.  Then afterward, most of the archdiocese’s 76 seminarians, except those studying in Rome, posed with me for […] [Read more]

Lectio Divina

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

As a means of discovering or re-discovering the importance of God’s Word in our daily lives, we might consider an ancient but always timely Church practice called Lectio Divina.  In his Apostolic Exhortation, The Word of God, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, speaks of Lectio Divina as the reflective and prayerful reading of Sacred […] [Read more]

May is Mary’s Month

Friday, May 4th, 2012

During the month of May, we celebrate many Catholic traditions and customs. May processions, the recitation of the rosary, Marian sodality celebrations and seeking the intercession of Mary on Mother’s Day are all part of parish life. Also during May, we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin (May 31). In your […] [Read more]

The Gift of the Feminine Genius

Friday, March 9th, 2012

For the month of March, the Holy Father’s general intention is that the whole world may recognize the contribution of women to the development of society. The liturgical calendar for this  month celebrates the courage and fidelity of women. In the first week, the Church celebrates the feast of the martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity […] [Read more]