Posts Tagged ‘Year of Faith’

Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Some years ago when I was serving on a committee to evaluate the way scripture is used in the liturgy, our attention turned to the line “Thy kingdom come” in our analysis of the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:10). One participant thought the word “thy” was archaic and unintelligible to people today.  Another scholar said the […] [Read more]

Padre Pio and Our Spiritual Journey to Holiness

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

One of the most popular pilgrimage sites in Italy today is San Giovanni Rotondo where, for 50 years, Padre Pio, now Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, was dedicated to a ministry of healing, both body and spirit.  Consumed by a longing to care for souls, he spent many hours each day hearing confessions and praying.  He […] [Read more]

Open the Door of Faith

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Today in parishes all over our archdiocese, hundreds of men and women who serve as catechists in our religious education programs will be commissioned for service. This year’s theme, “Open the Door of Faith,” celebrates not only The Year of Faith but also how learning deepens faith and fosters an encounter with the risen Lord. […] [Read more]

The Light of Faith Shines Out to Transform the World

Monday, July 8th, 2013

On a glorious day in the Year of Faith, when Pope Francis approved the causes for canonization of soon-to-be saints John XIII and John Paul II, he also provided us with the wonderful gift of his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei. Only with the light of faith, which is capable of illuminating every aspect of human […] [Read more]

Knowing Our Catholic Faith

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

We are now midway through the Year of Faith, which was designated so that we might revitalize our belief in the saving message of Jesus and his Church.  Many people have accepted this invitation, recognizing that they have forgotten certain aspects of the faith or, because of inadequate catechesis or cultural influences, never really learned […] [Read more]

Each of Our Catholic Churches Tells a Love Story

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

This is a special moment in the life of the Catholic Church, as we carry out the work of the New Evangelization by deepening and sharing our Catholic faith, and as we celebrate a Year of Faith coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Our Archdiocese of Washington, meanwhile, […] [Read more]

A New Year’s Resolution in the Year of Faith

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

It is appropriate that this is the time when people make resolutions to improve themselves in the coming year because Mary Mother of God, whom we celebrate today, forever carries with her a new beginning, who is Christ the Lord.  Most New Year’s resolutions usually involve things like losing weight, exercising more regularly or reading […] [Read more]