Posts Tagged ‘Evangelii Gaudium’

Celebrating the Election of Pope Francis: Four Years Later

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Four years ago today, as a result of an ancient process of prayer, silent reflection and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Bishop of Rome and thus Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, also called Servant of the Servants of God, and became […] [Read more]

Summer Reading with Pope Francis

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Many of us look forward to the summer as a time to catch up on our reading. There is always a stack of books and articles on my table, ranging from spiritual works to history to fiction, but one author is always on my reading list – the Pope. Reading the words of Pope Francis […] [Read more]

“Come Holy Spirit”

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

On this great Solemnity that we celebrate today, the Church sings out in the ancient Pentecost Sequence, “Come, Holy Spirit, come!” With this plea, we remind ourselves that the Church, which was filled with the breath of life on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4), is the Spirit-led yet divine presence of Christ in the world. Our Church’s […] [Read more]

Saint Joseph and the Gospel of the Family

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Leading up to the ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family this October, which takes up the work begun at the Synod of October 2014, Pope Francis has dedicated a series of his general audience talks to marriage and the family. These magisterial teachings and the work of the Synod are greatly needed in our […] [Read more]

Raising the Voice of Women in the New Evangelization

Friday, March 7th, 2014

“You must all stand fast in thefaith and love one another, and do not be weakened by what we have gone through.”  These words are taken from the diary of a young mother, Perpetua, who along with her friend Felicity, was martyred in ancient Carthage (modern-day Tunis, Tunisia) in the early third century and whose feast we […] [Read more]

Celebrating 75 Years of Manifesting the Kingdom

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

In this New Year of 2014, our Archdiocese of Washington will celebrate its 75th anniversary as a family of faith in the nation’s capital and the five surrounding Maryland counties.  This diamond anniversary will offer us a chance to reflect prayerfully on our historic legacy, our current challenges and our future opportunities. A special highlight […] [Read more]

Mary, Mother of God

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

As we begin a New Year today, on this Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, we turn our gaze toward the Blessed Mother of our Lord who is also our mother and model of faith. Like us, Mary was a human being who had to struggle to hear and accept God’s word and to […] [Read more]

Christmas Invitations

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Christmas is an invitation to rejoice in the Good News – our Savior is born.  Looking upon the infant Jesus lying in the manger, our hearts are touched with love and affection for the Lord who gave himself to us, sharing in our human lives so that we might share in his divine life. Babies […] [Read more]

On the Publication of the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

The Joy of the Gospel is not only the name of the first Apostolic Exhortation published by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, but it also describes what seems to radiate from him and is reflected in his words. Pope Francis begins with reminding us that, “The Joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives […] [Read more]