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Sunday, October 17, 2021
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  •  “Blessed are You, Lord God of All Creation”
    “Praise be to you, my Lord.” With these prayerful words, Pope Francis begins his recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, which he concludes also with prayer. Now our Holy Father has instituted a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation to be celebrated annually on Sept.1 in conjunction with the custom of the Orthodox Church. 
  • Prayer for Every Moment (Prayer 2, Part II)
    Our study of prayer began with the recognition that the Church speaks of the general types of prayer – adoration, petition, contrition, thanksgiving and praise.  In this article we will find a brief definition of the specific kinds of prayer as they are described in the Catechism.
  • Kinds of Prayer (Prayer 2, Part I)
    The great distinction in the prayer life of the Church is between her public prayer — the Liturgy — and all forms of private prayer.  Liturgical prayer is the prayer of the whole Church, of the family of God, united with Christ.
  • Examples of Prayer  (Prayer 1, Part II)
    The starting point of prayer is faith. We need to open our hearts and minds to God’s Word. It is God who speaks and we respond. But our answer to God’s Word to us must take the form of faith. We take that step in faith — that initial “leap” that says God is and God is speaking to me. Such a realization is a graced gift from God that allows us to recognize God’s Word in us in the midst of all the other voices around us.
  • In new book, Cardinal Wuerl encourages Catholics to open their hearts to Holy Spirit
    Since his election to the papacy more than two years ago, Pope Francis has captivated Catholics and non-Catholics alike around the world, a phenomenon that commentators have called “the Francis effect.”
  • Embracing ‘I do’ in sacrament of marriage
    A couple celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary walked up the aisle, carrying the gifts up to Cardinal Wuerl during the Archdiocese of Washington’s Jubilarian Mass. Behind them walked their daughter and her husband, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. And behind them were their son and his bride, celebrating 25 years of marriage. This family and all the couples, Cardinal Wuerl told the young adults during the Theology on Tap on April 21, were “a testimony that enduring human love is possible.”
  • Law enforcement officers honored at Blue Mass for bringing peace
    At a time where law enforcement is facing increased scrutiny around the nation, the 21st annual Blue Mass at St. Patrick Parish in Washington on May 5 provided Catholics an opportunity to thank first responders from around the metropolitan area, and to honor those who died in the line of duty. For Metropolitan Police chaplain and St. Patrick’s pastor Msgr. Salvatore Criscuolo, the Mass was about recognizing the unsung heroes of society. “We never hear about the officer day after day who has rescued somebody, has put their life on the line, gave somebody directions, picked up a lost child, got somebody home. Where would we be without these men and women?” he said in an interview after the Mass.
  • Cardinal praises new bishop as an ‘adopted son’ of Archdiocese of Washington
    In a recent interview, Cardinal Wuerl praised new Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville as an “adopted son” of the Archdiocese of Washington whose deep faith, concern for the poor and empathy for immigrants will serve him well in his new role.
  • What is Prayer (Prayer 1, Part I)
    As we make our way in this series of articles through the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults we arrive at the final section — Part IV.  You may recall that we have reviewed Part I, the Profession of Faith centered on the creed; Part II, the celebration of the Christian mystery reflected in the sacraments; Part III, life in Christ focused on the Ten Commandments.  Now we come to the final portion, prayer in the Christian life.  
  • When Pope Francis comes to the United States in September, his message will be that “God loves all of us the way we are” and “God asks us to love one another,” said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington.
  • Easter Vigil reminds us of Christ’s light and new life, cardinal says
    Like the light from the Easter candle that illuminated people’s candles one by one in the darkened Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington during the Easter Vigil, so too the light of Christ illuminates people’s hearts so they can bring that light to the world, Cardinal Wuerl said in his homily at that April 4 Mass.
  • At Good Friday liturgy, cardinal says Jesus’s death on cross showed his love for humanity
    In the early afternoon, the same time of the  day Christ was dying on the cross over 2,000 years ago, Catholics came to the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington to remember his sacrifice for the salvation of the world. Good Friday services in the cathedral began at noon with an hour reflection on the Lord’s Passion, filled with singing and preaching, followed by a liturgy with Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
  • At Holy Thursday Mass, cardinal says Eucharist makes Jesus’s dying and rising present to believers
    When Catholics recall Jesus’s Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist, their remembrance “has the power to make what is recalled to mind actually, really, sacramentally and truly present,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl said during an April 2 Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington.
  • On Palm Sunday, Cardinal Wuerl encourages people to open hearts to Spirit during Holy Week
    Like their fellow Catholics in Rome, in the Holy Land and in churches around the world, the crowd gathered outside the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington began Holy Week by holding palms aloft in a ritual commemorating Jesus’s entrance into Jerusalem. Standing at the entranceway to St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Cardinal Donald Wuerl blessed palms during the introductory rite for the March 29 Mass for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord.
  • Cardinal celebrates Mass for residents of Maryland correctional facility
    On many weekends, Cardinal Wuerl as archbishop of Washington celebrates Mass at parishes in the nation’s capital and five surrounding Maryland counties. On March 22, he celebrated Mass for the fifth Sunday of Lent for Catholic inmates at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Boyds, Md.
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