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Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

The Solemnity of the Annunciation celebrates the coming of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary to announce to her the special mission God had chosen for her in being the mother of His only son.We are continually reminded of the importance of this feast to our salvation in various devotional prayers. Two examples that highlight the importance of this feast are the joyous mysteries of the Rosary and the Angelus.The feast of the Annunciation began to be celebrated on this day during the fourth and fifth centuries, soon after the date for celebrating Christmas was universalized throughout the Church. This feast celebrates the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Trinity and the salvation of all mankind. This point of our salvation was deeply discussed by many of the Church fathers, to explain it to the faithful and to show the deep love God has for us. Some of the Church fathers who wrote on this were St. Athanasius, St. Gregory of Nyssa and St. Augustine.

Meeting with priests, seminarians and religious

Hello and welcome! This week was our meeting of the Board of Directors of The Catholic University of America. Being in Washington gave me the chance to celebrate Mass for St. Joseph’s Day with the Missionaries of Charity, who have a formation program there for about 40 sisters. I also visited the new Chapel at […]

Celebrating the Rite of Election

Hello and welcome, To our Muslim brothers and sisters in New Zealand who are suffering from today’s murderous attacks on innocent people of faith and goodwill during their time of prayer, we stand with you in condemning this horrendous assault on human dignity. We lift up our hearts in earnest prayer to God on behalf […]

Ash Wednesday

Hello and welcome, I want to begin this week by sharing my Lenten letter, which was issued earlier today. In order to assure our Catholic people that we are doing everything possible to build on the Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, in which the accountability of bishops was weak, and […]

Reflecting on the summit

Hello and welcome, As I concluded last week, we were in the midst of the Vatican’s Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church. This week, I would like to share my experiences of the remainder of the conference as well as offer some thoughts on the gathering as a whole. As I mentioned […]

Beginning the child protection summit

Hello and welcome, This past week I have been in Rome for the Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church. The Holy Father has called this meeting of the presidents of the bishops’ conferences from around the world, along with patriarchs of the various Eastern Rite Churches and a number of religious superiors […]

The CSF Celebration of Excellence Breakfast

Hello and welcome! Friday morning, I went to the offices of PwC in the seaport to attend the annual Celebration of Excellence Breakfast sponsored by the Catholic Schools Foundation. We are very grateful to Mr. John Farina for hosting us in that spectacular venue. The gathering brought together Catholic Schools Foundation supporters and seniors from […]

Blessing parish renovations in Carver

Hello and welcome, The winter months are often a time of year when many people are called home to God, and in recent days we have lost three fine priests of the Archdiocese of Boston — Father Paul Bailey and Father Vincent Maffei and Bishop Walter Edyvean. Father Maffei Father Maffei served for several years […]

With the Holy Father in Panama

Hello and welcome! As I left off last week, the Holy Father was just arriving in Panama to attend World Youth Day. Of course, there were a number of events connected to his welcoming and arrival and the Holy Father’s talks, particularly on Friday, were very beautiful. There were about 30 American bishops with us […]

World Youth Day in Panama

Hello and welcome! Following the March for Life in Washington, D.C. last week, I departed for Panama where the Holy Father is meeting with young people from around the globe for World Youth Day. The first time that I was in Panama was back in the 1970s, when I was a young priest. Returning now, […]