Posts Tagged ‘The Light Is ON For You’

Active Cooperation in the Grace of Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

“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 adopted sons and daughters of God. We can and […] [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]

Missionaries of Mercy

Friday, February 26th, 2016

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 gave a special mandate to be heralds and instruments of […] [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]

The Sacrament of Conversion

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

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 moments to receive God’s mercy are in addition to the […] [Read more]

Teaching about God’s Gift of Forgiveness

Friday, September 19th, 2014

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 we, in this local Church, celebrate our 75th anniversary as […] [Read more]

Encountering the Lord’s Tender Mercies and Forgiveness

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

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 – Have mercy on me, God . . . for […] [Read more]

The Light is On for You

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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 told me that he had been raised Catholic – “more […] [Read more]