Posts Tagged ‘New Evangelization’

There is a Place for You in the House of the Lord

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

As the family of God gathers today on this first Sunday of Advent, we joyfully proclaim again and again in the Responsorial Psalm: “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord” (Psalm 122). This invitation to go together to God’s house is the heart of our annual archdiocesan “Find the Perfect Gift” evangelization […] [Read more]

“The New Evangelization Today”

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

The pressing task of our time is the New Evangelization. But what exactly is the New Evangelization? What is the message of the New Evangelization? Where and who is the intended audience? What do we seek to accomplish? What is needed for this work of the New Evangelization? To answer these and other questions, I […] [Read more]

Saint Anthony of Padua and the New Evangelization

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Today we celebrate the feast day of Saint Anthony of Padua, Italy, who was born to a noble family in Lisbon, Portugal, and baptized with the name Fernando. Canonized only a year after his death at the age of 36 on this day in 1231, and named a Doctor of the Church in 1946, Saint […] [Read more]

Being Catholic Today: Catholic Identity in an Age of Challenge

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

On a weekly basis, it seems, there is news of yet another challenge to our freedom to live our Catholic faith. Many of these arise from those social, cultural and political trends that I have discussed previously with respect to our need for a New Evangelization. Recent years have now seen various efforts by federal […] [Read more]

Pope Francis’ Second Anniversary

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Sitting there in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Mass celebrated with the new cardinals at the recent consistory, I was touched as Pope Francis said to us, “The way of the Church is not to condemn anyone for eternity; [but] to pour out the balm of God’s mercy on all those who ask for it […] [Read more]

Their Lenten Journey – and Ours

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

One of the most powerful and inspiring manifestations of the Holy Spirit alive and at work in our community today unfolds during the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion. As archbishop, I will preside at those ceremonies at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the first two […] [Read more]

The Future is Life

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

#iStand4Life is the rallying cry of our young people who will gather early Thursday morning, January 22, for the 2015 Youth Rally and Mass for Life. This inspiring event, which drew tens of thousands last year despite a heavy snow, will be held at two locations again this year – at the Verizon Center and […] [Read more]

Open to the Holy Spirit

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

What we celebrate this season is God coming to be with us – to be one of us – walking with us, saving us and sharing divine life with us. Yet while we joyfully await the coming of Jesus at Christmas, we know also that in a few months, the Church will recall his crucifixion, […] [Read more]

Prepared Homily: Mass for Young Adults

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Last Sunday in Rome we concluded, together with our Holy Father, Pope Francis, at a Solemn Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica the first of two gatherings of bishops from around the world called a Synod, each to be dedicated to the family. The purpose of these two Synods on the Family is to provide us […] [Read more]

The Church Celebrates the First Anniversary of Pope Francis

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

It has been a year since the white smoke appeared from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, and what a year it has been.  Inside the conclave moments earlier there had been intense silence and prayer as the cardinals opened their hearts to the Holy Spirit.  Now, outside was a frenzy of excitement in a […] [Read more]