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Posted on 04/25/2018 18:49 PM (Archdiocese of Washington)
Today’s Feast of St. Mark (also known as John Mark) reminds us that the Gospel occurs within the human setting and condition. Mark was at the center of the tension between Paul and Barnabas; their differences were so severe that it led to a parting of ways. Yet St. Mark, despite his less-than-stellar beginning in […]
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Posted on 04/24/2018 19:00 PM (Archdiocese of Washington)
In the Office of Readings last week, we examined some of the more terrifying passages from the Book of Revelation, related to the seven trumpets, seals, and bowls of wrath. There is also a reference to the underreported “seven thunders,” reminding us that there are some things that are not for us to know. Then […]
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Posted on 04/23/2018 18:21 PM (Archdiocese of Washington)
In yesterday’s post we considered the term “closed communion,” the practice of offering Holy Communion only to those who hold to the full doctrine of the Church. This practice emphasizes that communion of mind and heart to all the Holy Catholic Church teaches to be revealed by God is included in the “Amen” that affirms […]
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Posted on 04/22/2018 18:25 PM (Archdiocese of Washington)
Last week in the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours, we read this from St. Justin Martyr: No one may share the Eucharist with us unless he believes what we teach is true; Unless he is washed in the regenerating waters of baptism for the remission of his sins, and unless he […]
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Posted on 04/22/2018 07:30 AM (Seek First the Kingdom: Catholic Blog by Cardinal Donald Wuerl - Archdiocese of Washington, DC)
The weather this spring has called our attention to both the beauty and power of nature. Despite snowfall, magnolia and cherry blossoms withstood the cold temperatures and bloomed beautifully. We have marveled at the strength of the early spring flowers and the effect of the sun even on cold days. It is all a testament […]
Posted on 04/21/2018 16:47 PM (Archdiocese of Washington)
On this fourth Sunday of Easter, we turn a corner of sorts. Up until now we have been reading of the resurrection appearances themselves. Today we begin to see how the risen Lord ministers to us as the Good Shepherd. In effect, the Lord gives us four basic pictures or teachings of how, as the […]
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Posted on 04/20/2018 18:58 PM (Archdiocese of Washington)
The commercial below reminds us of an important insight for evangelization. It features a barber shop where business is slow. Things pick up quickly, however, when they begin to post photos of recent customers sporting their new haircuts. The pictures showcase the good results of a haircut and bring “getting a haircut” from the world […]
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Posted on 04/19/2018 18:20 PM (Archdiocese of Washington)
In Wednesday’s reading, the Acts of the Apostles sets forth an event that amounts to a tale of one Church in two cities or regions. It illustrates well a couple of points: that the Church is always in need of reform and that our lives are not merely about us and what we want. Let’s […]
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Posted on 04/19/2018 07:30 AM (Seek First the Kingdom: Catholic Blog by Cardinal Donald Wuerl - Archdiocese of Washington, DC)
This weekend, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum marks the 25th anniversary of its dedication and opening. With our nation having experienced in recent years a tragic crisis of disregard for the sanctity of human life as seen in shootings at schools and workplaces, terrorist attacks, and daily acts of murder, I would like to revisit […]
Posted on 04/18/2018 19:06 PM (Archdiocese of Washington)
We tend to think that happiness is the result of the right circumstances or external factors. If I just have a little more money, or live in this place or that, or arrange the right sort of pleasures, or be with just the right people, then I will be happy. Of course, this doesn’t really […]
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