Posts Tagged ‘faith’

Faith and Reason, the Church and Science

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Do faith and the Catholic Church in particular have anything to offer reason and science?  Some people think that they contradict one another, and that one cannot be committed both to science and be a faithful believer.  Actually, “there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason,” and there is no conflict between […] [Read more]

“Spare Me from a Faith that is Lukewarm!”

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

During the visit of the Holy Father to the United States, one of the groups he mentioned with gratitude on a number of occasions was American women religious. Among them is the community of the Little Sisters of the Poor. It was a privilege to go with him to visit the Little Sisters at the […] [Read more]

“Faith makes us know that God is at our side”

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

When Saint John XIII was canonized just last year, October 11 was chosen as his feast day because it is the date that marks his opening of the Second Vatican Council in 1962. While this year the memorial is superseded because it falls on a Sunday, still we remember how this beloved pastor’s legacy continues […] [Read more]

The Life of Faith

Monday, August 11th, 2014

When the Lord who has created us incites us to faith and makes it possible for us to know that it is he who calls, the “obedience of faith” (Romans 16:26) is required of us. Only if we believe him can we trust and love him. Paul writes of “faith, hope, and love” (1 Corinthians […] [Read more]

Our Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Today, the Feast of Saint Matthew offers us a chance to reflect on our own Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle which is my special church as Archbishop of Washington and the home church of our family of faith in this archdiocese. The word “cathedral” itself takes its name from the bishop’s teaching chair (kathedra, […] [Read more]

Being Prepared Through Prayer and Trust in God

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Life as you know it, as you had planned it, can change in an instant.   In recent years, we have witnessed homes and entire communities devastated by natural disasters, as well as school shootings and other acts of criminal violence.  Many have experienced the death of a loved one, the personal diagnosis of a fatal […] [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]

Reflections on the Creed: “I believe in one God”

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Jesus reveals to us that God is our Father.  He is such because he is the origin of everything, maker of all things visible and invisible and also because through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, we are invited into a relationship with God as adopted children.  We are asked to call God “Our Father.”  […] [Read more]

The Light of Faith Shines Out to Transform the World

Monday, July 8th, 2013

On a glorious day in the Year of Faith, when Pope Francis approved the causes for canonization of soon-to-be saints John XIII and John Paul II, he also provided us with the wonderful gift of his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei. Only with the light of faith, which is capable of illuminating every aspect of human […] [Read more]

Growing in Confidence in the Truth of the Faith

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Our Church of Washington has been engaged for some time now in reflection on the New Evangelization. We are exploring how clergy and laity can discover fresh resources, open original avenues and summon new strength to advance the Good News of the Lord. One challenge some of us have encountered at one time or another […] [Read more]