Posts Tagged ‘Confirmation’

Finding the Strength to Overcome Adversity and Live Well in Christ

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

It is not uncommon for people to have the wisdom to know what is the right thing to do, and genuinely to want to be virtuous in order to lead a good and truly happy life, and yet they lack the will power to actually do the right and just thing, including fully living our […] [Read more]

Our Participation Today in the Mystery of Pentecost

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

When we celebrate Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit, we need to pause and reflect on just how pervasive and ever-present the marvelous gift of the Spirit is. If we neglect the Spirit, the giver of life and font of all saving grace, then we impoverish our own lives and we remain unknown […] [Read more]

Confirmation: The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit as at Pentecost

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation is among the most enjoyable tasks in the life of a bishop. It is a time to look forward. The parish gathers around the candidates, young and old, to welcome them into full membership in the Church. These people, filled with potential and hope, perhaps can sense how the grace […] [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]