Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien – Thoughts on Our Church

The following columns were written by Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien and appeared in the Catholic Review.

Press play above to watch Father Kevin Ewing celebrate an Aug. 8-9 weekend Mass for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time from the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

As a deacon, you will proclaim the Gospel at Mass and at sacramental celebrations. You will preach homilies on Sundays, weekdays and special occasions. And give voice to the needs of God’s People and the world in the Prayer of the Faithful. You will share God’s Word with young people preparing to receive the sacraments, with couples preparing to be married, with parents whose children are to be baptized, and with those who are preparing to enter the Church through the Easter sacraments.

Press play above to watch a 10 a.m. livestream of Scott Kady’s Aug. 8 ordination to the transitional diaconate at St. Ignatius in Hickory.

Our fellowship in Christ impels us to seek the other’s good, to help one another along the path of virtue, Christian manhood, and discipleship, to support one another in living the vocation of marriage and family life, to support brother priests in being true to their vocation.

Fraternity means resolving disagreements with Christian charity and reason. It means not jumping to conclusions about one another’s motives. It means a willingness to help a brother knight who is faltering. It means abstaining from the culture of denunciation, electronic or otherwise.

As Knights we should have a deep sense of responsibility for the Church. In a fractious time, we should model what true Christian fraternity is all about, but more than that, we should be catalysts of a fraternal spirit of holiness and virtue in our parishes, in our dioceses, and in the prevailing culture.

Watch Archbishop William E. Lori celebrate a Aug. 1-2 weekend Mass for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time from the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

Dear friends, when we unite ourselves to Christ’s love in the Eucharist, that is, when we receive the Eucharist worthily and with devotion, no challenge, no suffering, no problem will be able to separate us from Christ.

The priceless treasure that is Christ does not just fall into our laps. We have to value his love above every other love.
We have to look for the treasure of his love where he told us to look.

Watch Archbishop William E. Lori celebrate the July 25-26 weekend Mass for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time from the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. 

Chancellor of Education, Mr. James B. Sellinger, and Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. Donna Hargens, of the Archdiocese of Baltimore released today its reopening plan for its elementary and secondary schools for the 2020-21 school year. The plan provides a framework for schools to facilitate the safe return of faculty and staff on August 24, 2020 and for students on August 31.