Posts Tagged ‘Respect Life month’

Throwback Thursday: Protecting the Gift of Life Until Natural Death

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Death comes for us all, but it 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 rests […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Each of Us is a Masterpiece of God’s Creation

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Like the Child Jesus, who is “forever the sign of God’s tenderness and presence in our world . . . today too, children are a sign. They are a sign of hope, a sign of life,” said Pope Francis during his visit to Bethlehem in 2014.  “Wherever children are accepted, loved, cared for and protected, […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Roe v. Wade through the Eyes of Our Youth

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The Youth Rally and Mass for Life in January is one of the highlights of the ministry of the Archdiocese of Washington.  One can’t help but be uplifted by the energy and enthusiasm of the tens of thousands of young people who fill local arenas to stand up for the sanctity and dignity of all […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: University Mass for Life Homily

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

October is Respect Life Month and over the next few Thursdays, beginning with this homily I gave last year, I would like to share with you some past reflections on the great issue of our time – the value and dignity of every human life.  In our efforts to build up a culture of life, […] [Read more]

“Lives Worthy of Respect”

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

This morning at Georgetown University, I spoke at a special program, “Lives Worthy of Respect,” which I invite you to watch below. The talk is followed by a panel discussion with Professor Helen Alvare of the George Mason University School of Law; Tony Lauinger, Vice President, National Right to Life; Sr. Mary Louise Wessell, C.S.J., […] [Read more]

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]

Throwback Thursday: We are Made for Life, We are Made for Love

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Going to the outskirts to encounter others, as Pope Francis asks, means confronting those great existential questions, being ready to give a reason for our hope when people ask: Why are we here? What’s the meaning of life? What’s the point of it all? These foundational questions go directly to all of the “hot button” […] [Read more]

Every Life is Worth Living

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

During Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, one of the most striking images was how the Holy Father’s love radiated whether he was greeting a head of state or a homeless person. His gestures, his words, his actions in every encounter proclaimed the truth that every life is worth living. As a gift from God, every […] [Read more]