Posts Tagged ‘catholicism’

Remembering Who We Are As Catholics and Americans

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Today, Catholics from all backgrounds and all walks of life gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., for the closing Mass of the Fortnight for Freedom. I had the privilege of celebrating that Mass, and Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered the homily. [Read more]

Fortnight for Freedom

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

If you have not already visited our new website, sacredproperty.org, I invite you to take a look at it today. My hope is that it will be a sort of homepage for you in accepting my invitation to join me and all of our American bishops in a “Fortnight for Freedom.” The Fortnight will be […] [Read more]

Many Rights

Friday, June 1st, 2012

At the end of a Memorial Day Mass, celebrated here as elsewhere throughout the United States, the celebrant waited at the back of the large tent set up at the cemetery to greet the many, many people who came to remember and to pray.  A woman with tears in her eyes waited her turn, and […] [Read more]

You will be my witnesses!

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

When we recite the Nicene Creed at Mass, we state our belief in the Ascension of the Lord: “…He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end….” [Read more]

Celebrating Communion – For the First Time, and on Every Sunday

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Over the next month in parishes across the Archdiocese of Washington, children will be making their First Holy Communion. They will come forward to receive Our Lord – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity – in the consecrated host and Precious Blood. Often the homily is written and preached for the ears of our young Catholics, […] [Read more]

The Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Today, we celebrate the Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist. We join in prayer in a special way with all of the parishioners of St. Mark Church in Hyattsville on their patronal feast day, but it is really a feast for all of us who are followers of Jesus. Just as Mark recounts the stories of how […] [Read more]

With the Eyes of Faith

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

In the highly acclaimed series Catholicism, Fr. Robert Barron, drawing on the patrimony of Christian art and architecture, suggests to his viewers that this magnificent depiction of Our Lord’s crucifixion by Matthias Grünewald is a picture of joy.  He is right. With the eyes of faith we see the joy of the Son uniting his […] [Read more]