November 3, 2013

Vote Like a Catholic. This Tuesday, November 5, Virginians go to the polls to elect our state and local officials, including our Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Delegates. Sadly, many, including many Catholics, will vote for candidates who embrace abortion, “gay marriage” and the undermining of religious liberty, and many others will stay home and not vote at all. It is our moral duty, as Christians, to vote, and I encourage all of you to do so on Tuesday, and to vote like the faithful Catholics you are. And I also encourage you to pray for the good of … Continue reading

3rd Sunday of Lent 2013

March 3, 2013 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church, Springfield, Va. The saying goes: “All roads lead to Rome.” It’s been interesting to see this come to life in the last few weeks, as the whole world seems to have been drawn to the events transpiring in Rome, as Pope Benedict retired and Church began its preparations to elect the new pope. It reminds me of today’s first reading, as Moses sees the burning bush and says: “I must go over to look at this remarkable sight, and see why the bush is not … Continue reading

October 14, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI, “Porta Fidei” Apostolic Letter, October 11, 2011 Establishing the “Year Of Faith,” from October 11, 2012 through November 24, 2013 (excerpts) 1. The “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, offering us the life of communion with God and offering entry into His Church when the Word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be transformed by grace. It begins with Baptism (cf. Rom. 6:4); it is then that we can address God as Father. The end comes with the passage to eternal life. 2. Ever since the start of my … Continue reading