Catholic Review Column: Mysteries Carry Special Meaning this Year

This year’s celebration of the Lord’s birth, the Holy Innocents, and the Holy Family are more poignant than ever as we continue to pray for the grieving families in Newtown.

The birth of the Eternal Son of God as a helpless child reminds us of how precious the life of each child is. The Holy Innocents who were killed by Herod’s senseless rage, starkly reminds us of how the lives of innocent children in Sandy Hook Elementary School were taken. Last weekend’s Feast of the Holy Family should prompt us to draw closer together, to strengthen those all important relationships of truth, trust, and love.

With the celebration of the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God comes also the annual celebration of the World Day of Peace. Mary the Mother of God has given to the world the Prince of Peace. And how we long for the peace He came to bring.

Strengthened by the celebration of these mysteries, these events in the Lord’s life which reveal the hidden life and love of God, let us resolve as a community of faith in our time and place to replace a culture of violence and death with a culture of life and love. In such a culture …

  • All human life is valued and cherished;
  • The gratuitous celebration of violence and death in entertainment is curbed;
  • Weapons of destruction are not placed in the hands of those who are troubled;
  • Mental health services are available to individuals and families who need them; and,
  • Churches and faith-based organizations are welcomed and allowed to contribute to the common good.

May the New Year be a time of peace and joy for you and your loved ones.

Archbishop William E. Lori

Archbishop William E. Lori was installed as the 16th Archbishop of Baltimore May 16, 2012.

Prior to his appointment to Baltimore, Archbishop Lori served as Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., from 2001 to 2012 and as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington from 1995 to 2001.

A native of Louisville, Ky., Archbishop Lori holds a bachelor's degree from the Seminary of St. Pius X in Erlanger, Ky., a master's degree from Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg and a doctorate in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1977.

In addition to his responsibilities in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Archbishop Lori serves as Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus and is the former chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.