Hope in the Lord

Hope in the Lord — Beauty saves the world

Hope in the Lord — Beauty saves the world

Here is my homily for the opening Mass of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ spring meeting, held on June 10 in the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis: How grateful we bishops are to you, Archbishop Carlson and all the priests, deacons, men and women of the consecrated life, and all faithful who are gathered […]

Hope in the Lord — Two assemblies and a visit to Ukraine: learning and fraternity

Hope in the Lord — Two assemblies and a visit to Ukraine: learning and fraternity

The first three weeks of June will be great adventures for me. This week at Saint Meinrad, I join brother priests from throughout the Archdiocese at our annual Presbyteral Assembly. Next week brings the semiannual meeting of the U.S. Bishops in St. Louis. The third week, I will make a fraternal visit, along with Archbishop […]

Hope in the Lord — International religious persecution a century ago and today

Hope in the Lord — International religious persecution a century ago and today

Last Thursday I arrived at the Washington National Cathedral in D.C. and was so impressed by the sheer majesty of this historic cathedral of the Episcopalian Church. Set back from Wisconsin Avenue, the soaring, majestic building has been the scene of many national events since its completion in 1907, including a host of state funerals […]

Hope in the Lord — Is the legal system ready for all the acrimony over matrimony?

Hope in the Lord — Is the legal system ready for all the acrimony over matrimony?

  As president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, it is my personal responsibility and civic duty to speak for the common good, which I believe is served by preserving natural marriage protection through state laws. The question is whether the long-standing definition of marriage should be overturned. It is a far reaching […]

Hope in the Lord — My vocation and the influence of women in consecrated life

Hope in the Lord — My vocation and the influence of women in consecrated life

In 2013, Pope Francis declared that a Year of Consecrated Life would be celebrated throughout the world, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2014. In doing so, he chose the theme: “Wake up the world!” This is a fitting time to honor and celebrate the gifts of so many women religious who […]

Hope in the Lord — Mercy not ‘strain’d’

Hope in the Lord — Mercy not ‘strain’d’

For more than 400 years, William Shakespeare has marveled those who read and see his plays with his masterful turns of phrase and depth of thought. As I am preparing for this Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, his words in the mouth of Portia in “The Merchant of Venice” (Act 4, Scene 1), came […]

Hope in the Lord — “New Day” for Catholic education

Hope in the Lord — “New Day” for Catholic education

I greatly enjoyed yesterday’s Salute dinner, which benefitted the Catholic Education Foundation and which honored exemplary Catholic school grads of the past. This was the silver jubilee for the event, and I recall with deep gratitude the spade work of Archbishop Kelly and the many leaders whose efforts have borne so much fruit over this […]