February 5, 2023: "Whenever Jesus starts a sentence with the words, “you are,” I think we need to pay special attention. Because he is telling us something important about our purpose in life, the purpose of our mission. And our purpose is just this: to be the salt of the earth, and the light of the world."
January 29, 2023: "Sisters, thank you. You are a special gift for all of us. Every day. We rely on your prayers, more than you can ever know. And we are all grateful for your generous love for Jesus, and your witness to his love in your ministries of catechesis and charity, in your compassion for the poor and the sick."
January 22, 2023: "We ask that God grant wisdom and prudence to law enforcement and public officials working to make sense of the violence and keep our communities safe.And we pray for peace. Peace in the hearts of those who are troubled. Peace in the hearts of those who are afraid and hurting today, and peace for those whose faith has been shaken."
January 21, 2023: "We all want to live in a society where human life is cherished and welcomed, where everyone can live with dignity — from conception to natural death. This is a spiritual movement. A movement of the hearts and minds and souls. The movement for life is a movement for love."
January 22, 2023: "Jesus shows us the path in today’s passage of the Gospel, in his beautiful teaching of the “Beatitudes.” So we have to think of the Beatitudes as a “blueprint,” — as a “guidebook” — for how we grow in holiness."
January 21, 2023: "Tonight, we are praying for all those little ones, who never had the chance to be born. We pray tonight that the love they could not find on earth, they now find in heaven, wrapped in the loving arms of the Father. We also pray tonight for a new awakening of love — in our hearts, and in the hearts of our neighbors."
January 9, 2023: "In the waters of baptism, our Pope Emeritus died with Jesus. We pray now that he shares with him in the fullness of his resurrection, in the love that never ends. In his encyclical on hope, Benedict gave us a profound vision of heaven. Heaven, he said, was not some place high in the clouds, or some never-ending passing of days on a calendar."
January 5, 2023: "In my experience, Pope Benedict was a gentle soul, a beautiful man. It is true that he was a great teacher and biblical theologian, and one of the most brilliant minds in the history of the Church and Western civilization. But I will remember him, most of all, for his kindness to me and his deep humility."
January 1, 2023: "Mary was thinking about Jesus all the time. And that’s how we ought to live, reflecting on Our Lord’s words and deeds in the Gospels, pondering the mysteries of his life, seeking to know his will for us. Trying always to follow his path for our lives, which is a path of love and compassion."
December 25, 2022: "Tonight, the God who is love comes down to be close to us, to become one of us — to share in our lives, in our joys and in our struggles. Christmas, my dear brothers and sisters, is the great feast of the “humility of God.” We don’t think about God as being humble, but he is. And to know that truth is to understand the deepest mystery of Christmas, the deepest mystery of God’s love for us."
December 21, 2022: "We pray tonight that the home they could not find on earth, they now find in heaven, secure in the merciful arms of God. The question that we just heard from the scriptures is universal: “Who is my neighbor?” It’s a question for every time and place. It’s a question for this moment in Los Angeles."
December 18, 2022: "St. Joseph’s whole life was made up of ordinary little everyday things. Working, making a living. Raising Jesus, taking care of his family. Praying. Being a good friend and a good neighbor. Sounds a lot like our own lives, isn’t it? And that’s exactly the point, my dear brothers and sisters. St. Joseph shows us the way for our own lives."
December 11, 2022: "We rejoice because the Lord is near and become is coming brings us salvation, the promise of a new life. And, as we notice, throughout Advent in our first readings for these past Sundays and today, we have some beautiful descriptions of the new world and the new life that the Savior will bring when he comes."
November 27, 2022: "Today we begin the Church’s new liturgical year. And with every new year, we have a chance for a new beginning. That is why Advent is a time of joy, a time for hope: Because we know that Jesus is coming! The first Christians spoke of his coming as a new creation, as the dawning of a new day, a bright morning star that was rising in their hearts. And I think that’s how we should feel!"
November 15, 2022: "We've done some beautiful things together — things that have never been done before. We united in a moment of prayer with our Holy Father and the nations of the world during the pandemic. We rededicated our nation to the Blessed Mother. And we launched an ambitious program for Eucharistic Revival."
November 10, 2022: "So what the Gospel tells us tonight is that following Jesus, being a Catholic — often it’s like being in a small boat, far from land, with the waves and the wind against us. You and I, every day, we face the storms of living in a hostile culture, a culture where we face all kinds of pressures. And yes, we can get frightened by the challenges, by the moral darkness that we see our world. We can be discouraged by our failings and weakness."
November 10, 2022: "When you were baptized, we became — in the most beautiful way possible, a beloved son or beloved daughter of God. Jesus is reminding us tonight is that his kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. His kingdom spiritual — it’s a kingdom of the heart."
November 2, 2022: "Today we are following that ancient and beautiful custom of offering the Eucharist in remembrance of our beloved dead. We ask God to grant them salvation, to let the perpetual light of eternal life shine upon them."
November 1, 2022: "Today’s beautiful solemnity is really a celebration of our human destiny, of God’s beautiful promise for our life...God made us to strive for holiness, to be his image in the world! This is why we are here, my dear brothers and sisters. This is the beautiful possibility that we have in our lives."
October 30, 2022: "St. Peter Claver left everything behind to serve those who were being brought to Colombia in chains, he ministered on the slave boats arriving from Africa. Today let us remember his beautiful vow — he wanted everyone to know that he was: “Peter, slave of the slaves forever.” I’ve been thinking that his life is a beautiful witness to us."