Posts Tagged ‘Mission’

A New Statue of Saint Junípero Serra and its Reminder to Always Move Forward

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Almost two years ago when Pope Francis visited our country, he canonized one of the greatest Catholic missionaries in this continent’s history, Father Junípero Serra, during an outdoor Mass held on the east steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. More recently, on Pentecost Sunday, it was my great pleasure […] [Read more]

Freedom for Mission and Mission for Freedom

Monday, June 26th, 2017

The Fortnight for Freedom initiative is a call to pray, reflect and contribute to a better understanding of – and respect for – religious freedom in a way that lifts up all people.  The theme this year is Freedom for Mission. Mission is fundamental to being a complete Christian. Saint John Paul II affirmed that […] [Read more]

We Are Sent – The Ascension of the Lord

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

The Ascension of Jesus to heavenly glory forty days after his Resurrection marks the final act of his earthly ministry and the necessary prelude to the birth of the Church. This is not an ending, but a new beginning. Jesus ascended in his visible body to make way for his Mystical Body, the Church, which […] [Read more]

Marriage and Family: A Mission of Love

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

At the heart of every marriage is human love – a love so strong that it brings together a man and a woman who commit themselves to each other in a lifelong journey and to a mission as well. In Church circles, when we hear the word “mission,” we might think first of missionaries – […] [Read more]

The Mission and Blessing of Manifesting the Kingdom

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Manifesting the kingdom of God – this is the mission and blessing given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospels tell us that Jesus “went around all Galilee…proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom” (Matthew 4:23).  This kingdom is spiritual and not a political realm, and its final fulfillment will be realized in eternity.  […] [Read more]

The Sign of Our New Life in Christ

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

“Your brother will rise.” These beautiful words spoken by Our Lord to Martha, grief-stricken at the death of her brother Lazarus, are part of one of the most familiar and beautiful Gospel stories.  This story of the raising of Lazarus, which we hear on this Fifth Sunday of Lent, prepares us to enter into the […] [Read more]

Mary: Bringing People to Jesus

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

In this second reflection as part of our Marian pilgrimage, we consider how Our Blessed Mother shows us how to share our faith.  In the first part of this series, we reflected on Mary as the “Star of Evangelization”. Today, we consider another title for Mary: “The Perfect Disciple.”   Here we consider how Mary is […] [Read more]

To Be the Best Church We Can Be

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

The celebration of our birthday often prompts us to spend some time reviewing the past year and setting some goals for the year to come.  Similarly, as we prepare to celebrate the great Solemnity of Pentecost on Sunday – sometimes called the birthday of the Church – the Archdiocese of Washington has been reviewing its […] [Read more]