Quote of the day: "God is with us!"

“In the unfolding of Scripture, Mary’s birthday is ultimately about the birth of her son. The Gospel for today is the story of how Jesus was conceived. And we honor Mary precisely because she gave birth to Jesus, our messiah and Lord. The Gospel focuses on Joseph’s goodness and fidelity, and on Mary’s perfect surrender to God in love, trusting in the providence of God. We need to follow the example of Mary and Joseph, trusting God in the difficult times of our life. The issues that Joseph and Mary faced seemed insurmountable and caused intense confusion, much like the issues in our local church. But the name given to Jesus signifies “Savior” and we know that in Jesus, God promises to be with us. God is truly Emmanuel – God is with us! This gives us great confidence in the future God has planned for us.

This Church in Philadelphia faces very serious challenges these days. There’s no quick fix to problems that are so difficult, and none of us here today, except the Lord Himself, is a miracle worker. But it’s important to remember and to believe the Church is not defined by her failures. And you and I are not defined by our critics or by those who dislike us. What we do in the coming months and years to respond to these challenges – that will define who we really are. And in engaging that work, we need to be Catholics first, and always. Jesus Christ is the center of our lives, and the Church is our mother and teacher. Everything we do should flow from that.”

– Archbishop Charles Chaput’s homily at his Mass of Installation

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Comments

  1. Really do need to read the entire homily…Wow. what a gift…

  2. I like Archbishop Chaput’s introductory words:

    “A married friend told me last week that getting together for today reminded him of planning for a very, very, very big wedding… . The relationship of a bishop and his local Church — his diocese — is very close to a marriage… .Of course, my appointment to Philadelphia is an arranged marriage, and the Holy Father is the matchmaker.”

  3. I had an opportunity to speak with two transitional Deacons and a Permanent Deacon at yesterday’s Mass of Installation at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter & Paul in Philadelphia. You can tell a lot about a man by what others have to say about him. Over and over again I could sense the love they have for Archbishop Chaput and their sadness at “losing him”.
    Philadelphia has been profoundly blessed. May God continue to keep Archbishop Chaput in His loving care.

  4. Wow, this is a great homily.

    “What we do in the coming months and years to respond to these challenges – that will define who we really are. And in engaging that work, we need to be Catholics first, and always. Jesus Christ is the center of our lives, and the Church is our mother and teacher. Everything we do should flow from that.”

    Truly inspiring words. Thank God for Archbishop Chaput!

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