Posts Tagged ‘Lent’

Moses and the Exodus, the Mighty Deeds of God and Us

Monday, March 20th, 2017

To better understand our Lenten journey of hope toward the Risen Jesus, Pope Francis said in his general audience on Ash Wednesday that we must refer to the fundamental experience of the first Passover and the Exodus from Egypt, which prefigured our definitive salvation in Christ and is made present again in the Eucharistic sacrifice. […] [Read more]

Embracing the Mercy of God during Lent

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Yesterday we celebrated the fourth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis as Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ and Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church. The Gospel for the day, Monday of the Second Week of Lent, was from Saint Luke where it is recorded that, “Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Be merciful, […] [Read more]

Ask the Cardinal: The Last Things Revisited in Light of Lent

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Experience shows that answers to questions tend to prompt more questions.  So it is with last month’s series on the Last Things.  As we proceed toward the Paschal Mystery of our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection, which are offered to us for our own redemption and salvation into new and eternal life, I would like […] [Read more]

Going to Confession

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

The sacrament of Confession is the outward manifestation of God’s mercy.  Also called Penance or Reconciliation, the sacrament lavishly benefits the one who seeks it, costs nothing and takes little time. Yet many Catholics do not often go.  Why? For some it is embarrassment or some other fear, others may not know how or have […] [Read more]

The Penitential Practices of Lent

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

The Lenten season is a time for getting our lives in order and turned in the right direction as together the Church makes the ascent up to Jerusalem and the Upper Room and Calvary and the empty tomb. It is a calling to conversion and preparation, including traditional penitential practices. For example, in addition to […] [Read more]

The Light is ON this Lenten Season

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Just as the Church has special days for feasting, today, we enter into the great season of fasting.  The Sign of the Cross will be traced with ashes on our foreheads as an outward sign of our inner poverty and hunger, and we begin penitential practices aimed toward conversion and purification.  An important part of […] [Read more]

Time and Eternity – the Blessing of One More Day

Monday, February 29th, 2016

“If only I had more time – another day in the week or more hours in the day to get done all that I need to do!” This is a common refrain of busy parents, students facing project deadlines and pastors at busy parishes. Probably all of us at one time or another have wished […] [Read more]

Ways to Pray: Fasting, Almsgiving and Service

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

As Catholics, we have built into our devotional lives certain periods of special prayer and practices such as fasting, almsgiving and service. It all begins, of course, with prayer, with our personal, active, living raising of heart and mind to God. But here we mean more than a quick formal prayer to start the day […] [Read more]

The Light is ON for You Again!

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

This Lenten season marks the tenth year of a special kind of homecoming in the Church of Washington – “The Light Is ON for You” campaign, which invites people to come home to any Catholic church on Wednesday evenings during this time of spiritual preparation to receive God’s love and mercy in the sacrament of […] [Read more]

Lent in the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Each Ash Wednesday, I open the season of Lent by celebrating Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle. As the liturgy unfolds here and throughout the area, we see an inspiring witness of faith. Ash Wednesday is always quite popular, with large numbers of people attending and sometimes an overflow crowd standing outside. […] [Read more]