Posts Tagged ‘The Light Is ON For You’

Active Cooperation in the Grace of Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Tweet Share Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble“Nothing of what a repentant sinner places before God’s mercy can be excluded from the embrace of his forgiveness,” Pope Francis affirms (Misericordia et Misera, 2).  The Lord is always there desiring our reconciliation when we have estranged ourselves from him and squandered our status as […] [Read more]

Going to Confession

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Tweet Share Pin2 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Missionaries of Mercy

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Tweet Share338 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble On Ash Wednesday, we set out on a forty-day penitential journey toward Christ’s Cross and Resurrection and the new life that he brings us. That same day, Pope Francis sent forth several hundred Missionaries of Mercy – priests from around the world to whom he […] [Read more]

The Light is ON for You Again!

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Tweet Share59 Pin +16 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

Lent in the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Tweet Share491 Pin1 +12 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble 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 […] [Read more]

The Sacrament of Conversion

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Tweet Share53 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble In what has become a tradition during Lent in our parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington, as well as in the neighboring Diocese of Arlington, Wednesday evenings are set aside for the Sacrament of Reconciliation with The Light is ON for You campaign. These special […] [Read more]

Teaching about God’s Gift of Forgiveness

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Tweet Share39 Pin +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble This week I was delighted to celebrate Vespers with the parish catechetical leaders of our archdiocese. We gathered as our catechists begin a new year of religious education and as the Church in the United States prepares to commemorate Catechetical Sunday on September 21 and […] [Read more]

Encountering the Lord’s Tender Mercies and Forgiveness

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Tweet Share49 Pin1 +1 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble On Ash Wednesday, for the Responsorial Psalm at Mass, the Church sang the Miserere, which is also said on Fridays throughout the year for Morning Prayer.  So named for the opening words in Latin, this 51st Psalm sets the motif for the entirety of Lent […] [Read more]

The Light is On for You

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Tweet Share41 Pin +11 Email Reddit Share Share Yum Stumble Reconciliation, also called Confession or Penance, lavishly benefits the one who confesses.  It requires little time and costs nothing.  Yet recent surveys show that many Catholics only rarely if ever go.  Why? While I was waiting to board an airplane one day, a young man […] [Read more]