In this holy time of year, ‘there’s hope for everyone’

We are waiting on the promise For the One who lights the darkness Bending low to be among us Bring Your glory in the highest, Jesus. Come let us adore There’s hope for everyone On the manger floor There’s hope for everyone — From “Hope for Everyone” by Matt Maher Matt Maher, the popular contemporary…

Looking inward and outward during this season of preparation

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Beware. Be vigilant. Pray. These are some of the words we hear Jesus telling his disciples in the Gospel of Luke on the first Sunday of Advent. It’s an ominous-sounding passage, with Jesus warning people about the signs and tribulations that will accompany the end times. He certainly gets…

We are all called to go out and share the Good News

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The theme for World Mission Sunday, Oct. 21, is “Born to be Mission.” This day has been set aside for all Catholics worldwide to celebrate their individual and communal call to mission, to solidarity, to unity, to witness and to evangelization both near and far. World Mission Sunday is…

Pain, sorrow of abuse revelations must be followed by action

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Over the last several weeks, I have followed the news about the sexual misconduct allegations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and the horrific cases of clergy sexual abuse documented in the Pennsylvania grand jury report. I am pained and saddened by these revelations. While our Church has implemented important measures…

Respect for human life, dignity are at heart of immigration issue

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, On World Refugee Day June 20, Pope Francis sent two messages via Twitter on which we should all reflect: He said, “We encounter Jesus in those who are poor, rejected, or refugees. Do not let fear get in the way of welcoming our neighbor in need.” Later, he added:…

The path to holiness: Let the Beatitudes be your guide

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, In his recently published apostolic exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), Pope Francis reminds us that everyone is called to holiness. We are all called to be saints. This can sound like a lofty goal — something reserved for special people. It brings to mind those who…

Holy Week and Easter: The journey continues

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, In just a few days we celebrate Palm Sunday, when we hear at the beginning of Mass the Gospel story of Jesus’ joyful entry into Jerusalem. We also hear the Gospel writer Mark’s account of our Lord’s Passion — from the Last Supper, to Jesus’ agony in the garden…

Lent: A good time to hit our spiritual ‘reset’ button

Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season are just a few short days away. Lent is one of my favorite times of the year because it is an opportunity for me, and for all of us, to hit our spiritual “reset” buttons. These 40 days are a time for us to refocus on “getting right” with God and others, and to convert our hearts and minds to better reflect the love of Christ.

Moving forward with hope

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, After 45 years of legalized abortion, what more can be said that hasn’t already been stated? We could take heart in the fact that the number of abortions has gone down over the years. But with the number of abortions still hovering at over 1 million each year, that…

The joy and challenge of Christmas

“I will rejoice heartily in the Lord, my being exults in my God.” — Isaiah 61:10   Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, This weekend we celebrate the third Sunday of Advent — “Gaudete Sunday” — a time to rejoice because the Lord’s coming is near. With just one more week of the Advent season…