Together with Bishop Vasquez and my brother bishops, I encourage Catholics to contact our elected officials to make our voices heard: our communities have been and will continue to be hospitable to refugees, in keeping with our legacy of welcoming the stranger.
The following homily was given by Bishop Michael F.
Burbidge at the Masses he celebrated at each of the seven diocesan deaneries.
As we begin the sacred Season of Lent with
ashes on our forehead, we are reminded that our lives here on earth are merely
a journey with an ultimate goal of eternal life which we all share. So, now is
the time to assure that we are prepared for that moment when the Lord calls us
to himself and judges in love and mercy. Thus, Lent is a special invitation to
deepen our commitment to daily conversion so that we are living with in
integrity and holiness of life. With the help of our Lord, we achieve this
radical transformation through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. First is
prayer, reminding us of our complete dependency on God. Secondly, fasting
allows us to let go of the things that weigh us down and that we do not need,
and to remind us that only God can satisfy the hunger of our hearts.
Finally, our recommitment to ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ transforms our
hearts, as we grow in generosity.
WASHINGTON — Ash Wednesday seems to offer contradictory messages.
The Gospel reading for the day is about not doing public acts of piety but the
very act of getting ashes — and walking around with them — is pretty public.
Gospel Commentary Mt 4:1-11
WASHINGTON — There is no getting around fasting during Lent.