2017 Archive

  1. June 11

    Homily for the priesthood ordination for the Society of Jesus

    The readings today conspire in a remarkable way to tell us something about the priesthood of Jesus Christ you will be ordained to serve and preserve in the life of the church. Immediately, the first reading tips us off that there is something altogether new about the priesthood of those sent, ordained by the Risen Lord.

  2. May 28

    One of the best experiences of the resurrection this side of eternity

    The names of those just called for Orders, Radley, Timothy, Moises, Trenton, Przemyslaw and Miguel are known to us, but in a particular way, to the parents who gave these names to the candidates when they came into this world. I can only imagine the joy you parents feel as this congregation responded to your sons’ names with the phrase “Thanks be to God” and offered a roaring applause.

  3. May 14

    Strangers united in faith

    There is a great irony at work in our liturgical life and public prayer. We come to one place, calling ourselves a community that claims to be united in bonds that even death itself cannot break, for we are the body of the Risen Lord. Yet many of us do not know one another or have never met. I made this point during the confirmation ceremony for adults at Holy Name Cathedral May 9. The readings (Jn 10:22-30) recounted Jesus’ encounter with unbelievers and told of the panic in the early church after the martyrdom of Stephen (Acts 11:19-26). They offered insights to help us understand what it means for us strangers to say we are one body of Christ. What follows is my homily.

  4. April 30

    Funding a humanitarian approach to migrants and refugees

    On April 5, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, who represents the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as chairman of the Committee on Migration, offered a comprehensive overview of where the bishops stand in a letter to members of Congress. In that text, he advocated for a budget that reflects the values of our country, especially when it comes to the treatment of migrants and refugees. “Specifically this means,” he said, “funding programs that protect the human life and dignity of immigrants, refugees, unaccompanied children and trafficking victims.”

  5. April 16

    Homily by Cardinal Cupich for Palm Sunday

    Total collapse. Those words come to mind as I think of how to describe all that took place in the days we call Holy Week.

  6. March 26

    Homily for the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at Old St. Patrick’s

    Some years ago, I was having dinner with an Egyptian Jesuit. At one point during the meal I told him that at the risk of being indelicate I had a question I always wanted to ask an Egyptian. Every year at the Easter Vigil we hear the story of Exodus, I noted, when God smites the Egyptians, drowning Pharaoh and all his chariots and charioteers in the Red Sea. How does that make modern day Egyptians feel? I asked. Without a blink of the eye he said, “Oh we love that story, we are proud of that story, because it reminds us that it took God himself to defeat us.”

  7. March 12

    Pope Francis fulfilling the vision of St. John Paul II

    Over two decades ago, St. John Paul II asked the bishops of the world to help him chart a new way of exercising the ministry of the successor of Peter. In his encyclical “Ut Unum Sint” (“That They May Be One”), the saintly pope readily admitted that the papal ministry has caused an obstacle to Christian unity.

  8. February 26

    Executive actions on refugees and immigrants: The facts and figures

    In my last column, I attempted to put a face on the issue of refugee settlement and immigration by sharing various stories that revealed how humanity’s failure to welcome the stranger and protect the vulnerable has had disastrous consequences. It is healthy for our country to have a public debate about the issues that should shape our national policies on these important issues. Yet, that debate can be cheapened when we allow fear to obscure the facts. The long and broad experience of the Catholic Church in refugee settlement and immigration gives the church credibility to speak about issues of vetting, national security and the blessings that newcomers bring.

  9. February 12

    Executive actions on refugees and immigrants: history and humanity

    In recent articles and statements I have addressed the plight of newcomers to our country, particularly those affected by recent executive actions and orders. My aim has been to call attention to the fact that the lives of real people are involved. They are people with their own stories and struggles who bravely seek a better life, believing that the Statue of Liberty’s torch lights the way for them too.

  10. January 29

    Our church: More than a parking lot

    Last weekend I asked pastors to share with parishioners my letter providing an update on recent developments in our Renew My Church process. As I wrote, what is at stake as we begin this effort is whether or not we will take seriously the task of passing on the faith to the next generation. For some of us, the question is quite personal. As a couple recently put it to me: “We wonder if we are going to be the last generation of Catholics in our family.”

  11. January 15

    Pope Francis and the Feast of Epiphany

    Historians often debate about which events in our past were most pivotal. Which event changed the course of history the most? Was it the invention of the printing press? The exploration of Columbus? How about the creation of antibiotics? Yes, all these moments changed history forever.