Posts Tagged ‘human dignity’

Standing Up for Human Life: Saint John Paul II’s Mass on the National Mall

Friday, October 21st, 2016

As always, the feast day of Saint John Paul II tomorrow will be a time to remember his life and continue his legacy.  This year, I will celebrate a special Mass with the men studying to be priests at our Saint John Paul II Seminary in Washington.  Over at the nearby Saint John Paul II […] [Read more]

Religious Liberty is Intrinsic to Human Dignity

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

The Church this year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Declaration on Religious Freedom, Dignitatis Humanae, by the Second Vatican Council. Today especially a renewed commitment to the fundamental principles affirmed in this eminent document is needed. One of the hallmarks of our nation, which is made up of many peoples from different backgrounds and […] [Read more]

Saint Josephine Bakhita, Witness of Hope for Victims of Human Trafficking

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Blessed John Paul II canonized Saint Josephine Bakhita in the Great Jubilee Year 2000. Her journey to sainthood was a remarkable one.  A former Sudanese slave, she endured beatings and brandings, but eventually she found freedom from enslavement.  Upon her baptism into the Catholic Church, Bakhita took the name Josephine and later she became a […] [Read more]

Protecting the Gift of Life until Natural Death

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Death comes for us all, but it is not for us to decide the hour, we are not the arbiters of life and death. Despite all its limitations and hardships, life on this earth is always a precious gift, the first of many blessings that God bestows upon us. It is the foundation upon which […] [Read more]

The Law at the Service of the Human Person

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

The tradition of the Red Mass began in England around 1310, following those held previously in Paris.  We continued that tradition today, gathering at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew to celebrate the 61st Annual Red Mass in our community with the sponsorship of the John Carroll Society.  Concelebrating with me was the Most Reverend Kevin J. Farrell, former […] [Read more]