May Day

Mary and Joseph by Hans Pleydenwurff Mary and Joseph by Hans Pleydenwurff

From ancient pagan rituals to parades in the Red Square of the past, May 1 is full of history.  The best context to understand today’s Scripture is the phrase, “May Day,” that universal distress warning, which actually comes from the French venez m’aider or “Come, help me.”  The readings today call for help – God’s grace so you may be […]

2017-10-13T15:53:07+00:00April 28th, 2014|Archbishop's Blog|

A Tale of Two Saints

My favorite passage from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, calls us to: “…stir up enthusiasm for a new chapter of evangelization full of fervor, joy, generosity, courage, boundless love and attraction!” (#261)

Pope Francis expresses a new energy and enthusiasm that shouts out and exhorts.  Some call it a new confidence and attraction that is filling the atmosphere and bringing new attention to Christ and the Church.  I agree with this characterization and experienced it when so many gathered from […]

2017-10-13T15:53:07+00:00April 23rd, 2014|Archbishop's Blog|

Christ our Light

Hard as it is to believe, this coming Sunday begins the holiest week of the year: Holy Week.  I can already anticipate the darkened skies on Holy Saturday night, the new fire that will light the paschal candle, and the deacon chanting: “Christ our Light.”  So many throughout the Archdiocese have been preparing for this special time.  Through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, more than  400 hundred individuals, accompanied by their sponsors and teams, have been praying and […]

2017-10-13T15:53:07+00:00April 10th, 2014|Archbishop's Blog|