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Fourth Sunday of Lent

Dear Friends in Christ, Catholics use the word “Church” in a variety of ways. In the first sense, we speak of the universal Catholic Church, and we usually indicate this meaning by the use of the capital “C.” This is the worldwide assembly of disciples established by the Lord Jesus on the foundation of the… Read more »

Sunday 26 March 2017

Third Sunday of Lent

Dear Friends in Christ, The first principle of Evangelical Catholicism says that “the Lord Jesus is the crucified and risen Savior of all mankind, and no human person can fully understand his life or find his dignity and destiny apart from an authentic friendship with the Lord Jesus. It is not enough to know who… Read more »

Sunday 19 March 2017

Second Sunday of Lent

Dear Friends in Christ, Ecclesia semper reformanda. The Church is always in need of being reformed because Christians are always in need of being reformed. The Church is also always holy because the Holy Spirit dwells within her and gives her life as the soul does in the body. This dual dimension of the Church’s… Read more »

Sunday 12 March 2017

First Sunday of Lent

Dear Friends in Christ, From today through Pentecost, we will be using the Apostles’ Creed at Mass instead of the Nicene Creed. This is a practice suggested by the Roman Missal because the text we call the Apostles’ Creed is so directly connected to the sacrament of Holy Baptism, the promises of which we renew… Read more »

Sunday 5 March 2017

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, An important new book has just been published, and I commend it to you with highest praise. “Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World” was written by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, one of the most perceptive churchmen of our time, and this new book… Read more »

Sunday 26 February 2017

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, “Be still and know that I am God.” This exhortation of Psalm 46 reveals the connection between sacred silence and being in the presence of the living God. Throughout Holy Scripture the prophets reveal the necessity of reverential silence as a condition for approaching the majesty and mercy of God, and… Read more »

Sunday 19 February 2017

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Ash Wednesday falls this year on 1 March, and so the beginning of Lent is less than three weeks away. Now is the time to prepare to keep a holy Lent by deciding on a path to a more intense and intentional following of the Lord Jesus in the Way of… Read more »

Sunday 12 February 2017

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, I was only six years old in 1968, so my memories of that momentous year are dim and mostly about life in the first grade. But in that year, it seemed to many that the United States of America was coming apart at the seams. Riots in more than 100 cities… Read more »

Sunday 5 February 2017

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Christmas was forty days ago this Thursday, and that is why 2 February is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. According to Chapter 12 of Leviticus, every Jewish woman who gave birth required a ritual purification from her flow of blood, and a sacrifice was to be offered to… Read more »

Sunday 29 January 2017

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, On Wednesday of this week the Church will keep the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle, and on Thursday we will celebrate the Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops. These twin liturgical observances bring into bright relief two essential truths of the Gospel: friendship with the Lord… Read more »

Sunday 22 January 2017