Posts Tagged ‘Year of Mercy’

The Jubilee of Mercy: A Time of Renewal, Blessing and Grace

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

The Jubilee Year of Mercy began on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council.  Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, while I opened a Holy Door at our local Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle, […] [Read more]

The Testimony of Mercy of Saint John Paul II

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

In announcing the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis pointed specifically to his holy predecessor, saying, “Let us not forget the great teaching offered by Saint John Paul II in his second encyclical, Dives in Misericordia,” explaining that he had highlighted how the theme of mercy in today’s cultural milieu has been largely forgotten (Misericordiae […] [Read more]

Light the City: Come and See

Friday, May 20th, 2016

“Come and see.” This is how our Lord began gathering disciple and followers (John 1:39). Jesus met people going about the task of daily life and invited them to learn more about him and his Father by listening, praying, learning and celebrating together. On Pentecost, we were reminded that one of fruits of receiving the […] [Read more]

The Infinite Blessing of Divine Mercy

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Still filled with the joy of our Lord’s Resurrection, on this day the Church sings over and over again “God’s mercy endures forever.” We find this song of praise in Psalm 118, which is the Responsorial Psalm at Mass today. The words capture perfectly the mind of the Church which, since 2001, has celebrated this […] [Read more]

Easter Sunday Homily from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

What brings us to the Basilica, this Easter morning is our own personal act of faith. We are here because we need to be here. We need to hear, once again, the proclamation that is at the very heart of our faith. Christ is Risen! No matter how many Easter Sundays we have celebrated there […] [Read more]

Holy Thursday in the Year of Mercy

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Our commemoration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday takes place this year in the context of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy,” affirms Pope Francis, adding, “Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions and his entire person reveals the mercy of God” […] [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]

Saint Thomas Aquinas and the Spiritual Mercy of Instructing Others

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

One inescapable experience of aging is reaching the moment in life when, like the rich young man in the Gospel, we wonder how God will judge our lives. On the one hand, not knowing the mind of God, this might seem to be fruitless exercise. On the other hand, our Lord in his teaching has […] [Read more]