The Second Station – Jesus takes up His Cross. This is why Jesus came. He was born to die and give us eternal life through His Resurrection. Every moment of His existence was directed to the Cross.
The First Station – Jesus is Condemned to Death by Pontius Pilate. This is Jesus at His most humble. There’s a great difference between position and power. Pilate has the position — he’s governor of Judaea. Jesus doesn’t have the position, but He has immense spiritual power.
It’s a somber day as we remember January 22, 1973 and the disastrous Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade. It has led to the brutal abortion license here in the country we love. We bishops have designated today a national day of prayer for the legal protection of the unborn.(more…)
Yesterday I spoke to you about Elizabeth Ann Seton who founded a wonderful order of nuns. When I think of her, it reminds me to thank God for the gift of our religious sisters. Sisters, we love you and need you here in the Catholic Church of the United States.(more…)
We usually celebrate the feast of Saint John the Evangelist on December 27. He was the youngest of the Apostles, probably a teenager. Young people are the ones filled with excitement and imagination during this season. Like children, we should never lose the magic of Christmas.(more…)