President Of U.S. Conference Of Catholic Bishops Calls For Calm Amid Violent Protests In Charlottesville

August 12, 2017
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following statement in response to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia that has left three dead and at least 19 injured.

Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows:

“On behalf of the bishops of the United States, I join leaders from around the nation in condemning the violence and hatred that have now led to one death and multiple injuries in Charlottesville, Virginia. We offer our prayers for the family and loved ones of the person who was killed and for all those who have been injured. We join our voices to all those calling for calm.

The abhorrent acts of hatred on display in Charlottesville are an attack on the unity of our nation and therefore summon us all to fervent prayer and peaceful action. The bishops stand with all who are oppressed by evil ideology and entrust all who suffer to the prayers of St.Peter Claver as we approach his feast day. We also stand ready to work with all people of goodwill for an end to racial violence and for the building of peace in our communities.

Last year a Task Force of our Bishops Conference under Archbishop Wilton Gregory proposed prayers and resources to work for unity and harmony in our country and in our Church. I am encouraging the bishops to continue that work especially as the Feast of St. Peter Claver approaches.”

Power of Faith: Homily for Saturday, August 12, 2017

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Readings for Today

Don’t sell God short.  It can be really easy to give up on God or to think there is a situation that is too hard for God to see us through.  Somehow we can sink to thinking that it is all up to us, and that only we can save ourselves.  Think of the disciples in today’s reading.  They had seen Jesus do all kinds of miracles.  How hard could it be?

Yet they failed.  Why? Because they did not believe.  They did not have faith.  And then Jesus reminds them: if you had even a little bit of faith, you could move mountains.  If we had a little bit of faith, imagine what we could do? We could move mountains.

Thank God: Homily for Memorial of Saint Clare, Friday, August 11, 2017

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Readings for Today

Do you thank God for his wonderful deeds? I remember when I was in the seminary going through a particularly difficult time.  My spiritual director asked me, “Do you thank God for the challenge?”  I must say the thought never occurred to me.  Thank God for something difficult? Who wants to thank God for difficult things?

And yet, think of the first reading today.  Despite the hardships and the complaining, the people thank God.  Think of the marvels they have seen.  They must be grateful. They must, above all else, know that God is God alone.  Because there will be difficult days too.  Jesus reminds us of this in the gospel.  We will have to take up our cross and follow Jesus.  There is nothing that can compare to the worth of our soul.  It is more valuable than anything we could ever acquire.  So whatever you do, do not trade your soul.  Thank God for all he has done.

Sow Bountifully: Homily for Feast of Saint Lawrence, August 10, 2017

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Readings for Today

Be all in.  Don’t hold back.  Give your all to God.  Following God cannot be half-hearted.  It is no accident that the readings provide a picture of faith that requires everything from us.  If we are to reap the spiritual benefits of a relationship with Jesus, we cannot hedge our bets.  We cannot have one foot in the world and one foot in faith.  It does not work that way.

If we are to have a relationship with Jesus that can lead to eternal life, we cannot hold anything back.  We must trust Jesus completely.  The cost of not holding back is high.  Saint Lawrence died for his faith. All over the world people are dying for their Christian faith. But when we are all in, when we are completely giving ourselves to Jesus, we bear much fruit.

Favor: Homily for Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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Readings for Today

Remember us, Lord, as you favor your people. This was the response to the psalm today.  From time to time, I think it can be good to focus on the psalm, as the psalms have long been considered the prayers of Jesus.  The psalms have also been prayed for centuries in Christian life.  They are still the basis of prayer today.  When we speak the words of Jesus in the psalms, we are attentive to the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit teaches us to pray.

And we do well to listen to the Holy Spirit.  We always need God’s favor.  There is never a time when we do not need God.  By asking God to remember us, we remember God.  When we acknowledge God’s favor, we grow in faith.  We all need the grace and understanding of God.  And so, Remember us, Lord, as you favor your people.

A Ghost: Homily for Memorial of Saint Dominic, August 8, 2017

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Readings for Today

How often do you chase the shadow God?  How often do you limit God? Aaron and Miriam refuse to let God act in a way God chooses.  The disciples do not recognize Jesus. They think he is a ghost. All miss the presence of God because of their expectations.  Since God is not who they think he is, God must be wrong.  Aaron and Miriam do not get it.  The disciples finally do.

We have to let God be God. It is not up to us to tell God what to do.  On this feast of Saint Dominic, it seems similar to his time with the Albegensians.  People are going their own way.  The spiritual life does not guide people to happiness. People want God to do what they want.  People do not want to do anymore the will of God.  And yet, God is not stopped.  Moses continues to do the work God gives him.  The disciples learn more and more from Jesus.  If we are to be true to Saint Dominic’s mission, we too need to go forth to preach in a way that lets God be God.

Limits: Homily for Monday, August 7, 2017

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Readings for Today

We all have a limit.  There are, for each of us, those moments where we have come to the end of our rope.  There is that one bad thing too much, the one challenge too many, the one bad comment.  There comes for all of us that moment where we have had it.  Moses, the great prophet, the Law-giver, has met his limits with the people.  He cannot take it anymore.

Moses lasted a lot longer than I would have.  All the people have done since they left Egypt (where they were slaves) is complain.  They were afraid.  Take us back.  We have no food.  We don’t like this manna.  We want meat.  We hate all this meat.  Take us back.  And, yeah, did I mention they were SLAVES in Egypt?

Spiritually it is easy to see when someone hits their limits.  We hit our limits when we try to do everything on our own.  Just work harder, we think.  Just do more.  The apostles hit their limits too.  Feed them yourselves.  Jesus teaches a lesson about true food.  Trust me.  Let me show you how God feeds people when God is in charge.

Seeing: Homily for the Transfiguration, August 6, 2017

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Readings for Today

There is a need to see the presence of God today.  Even a quick glance shows the face of evil around us.  Life is hard.  It is not only about evil actions of others.  There are illnesses, natural disasters, and other events that often are not connected to others.  Children get terminal illnesses and die.  People we love and care about suffer.  Sometimes we just want to scream, “Where are you God?”

Today we celebrate God’s answer.  I am right here.  My presence is everywhere.  My promise is sure.  Yet how is it we see this presence?  How is it that we know that God is near? Today’s reading tells about one of those experiences that are reserved for Peter, James and John.  Does Jesus call you away for a special experience of his presence? Do you put yourselves in places where the opportunity to see God is near?  Open your heart to God in your life, so you may see his glorious presence.

Jubilee: Homily for Saturday, August 5, 2017

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Readings for Today

A characteristic of God that cannot be missed is his love for all people.  Again and again, both in the New Testament and the Old, we see the care and concern of God for all people.  It does not matter if one is poor or rich, God loves all.  One way in which this is seen clearly is in the idea of the Jubilee.  There is a making things right attitude that helps all to get their due.  It is the horizontal justice we should have, one for another.

It can be the case that we may want mercy from God, but not be willing to extend that mercy to others.  The Jubilee reminds us that all is a gift from God.  Nothing is ours alone.  All of us have received underserved blessings.  Today, revel in God’s glory and generosity.

Manifest: Homily for the Memorial of Saint John Vianney, August 4, 2017

To listen to the entire homily, click here. Readings for Today Things are not always as they seem.  If the life of the saint we have today was only about his academic achievements, we might never have heard of him.  Due to the circumstances of his life, his education was spotty at best.  He spent […]

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