Cardinal Rigali's weekly message: The Word Became Flesh

Conscious Parenthood

By Cardinal Justin Rigali Next week, I will write about the tragic anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision of the United States Supreme Court, legalizing abortion in our country. It is necessary that we keep this ongoing tragedy before our eyes. However, in rightfully defending the life of the unborn, we do not […]

Monitoring our young peoples’ use of modern communication devices

By Cardinal Justin Rigali Recently, we have been reading a great deal about the problem of obesity in children and young people. It is certainly an area in which concern is justified because of the ultimate adverse effect on the health of the child or young person that an improper diet and obesity will have. […]

Pope Benedict’s Message for the World Day of Peace, 2009

By Cardinal Justin Rigali One of the themes of Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate is the building of a “hermeneutic” of continuity or principle of continuity. This concept reminds us that the teaching of the Church represents a continuity, based on the Gospel and the Church’s constant teaching. There is no rupture in the Church’s teaching […]

On the dignity of the human person: Reflections on the Vatican document ‘Dignitas Personae’

By Cardinal Justin Rigali In an Address which Pope Benedict XVI gave to a group of young people, he spoke of the challenge presented by a “widespread prejudice that Christianity, with its commandments and prohibitions, sets too many obstacles in the path of the joy of love and, in particular, prevents people from fully enjoying […]

What is a Doctor of the Church?

By Cardinal Justin Rigali In our human relationships, it is natural to desire to learn more about someone we love. This is especially true in the early stages of a relationship, when love is beginning, but it should be a characteristic of a loving relationship at all times. This is why we say about someone […]

Our Lady as Patroness of the United States under her title of the Immaculate Conception

By Cardinal Justin Rigali We can say that our Blessed Mother has had a special presence in the Americas for over five hundred years. We know that the flagship of Christopher Columbus, the Santa Maria, was named after her and, as part of their evening prayers aboard ship, Columbus’ crew sang the Salve Regina in […]

The Apostolate of the deaf and hard of hearing

By Cardinal Justin Rigali Last Thursday, I was pleased to host a book signing at our Archdiocesan Office Center for Father Anthony Russo, a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, known as the Redemptorists. Father Russo has written a book titled: “In Silent Prayer: A History of Ministry with the Deaf Community […]

Mother and Head of all the churches

By Cardinal Justin Rigali We recently celebrated a very interesting Feast, which gives us the opportunity for our reflection this week: the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome. At first, it may seem strange to celebrate a building, most especially this year when this Feast displaced the normal Sunday Liturgy. In […]

Ongoing Faithful Citizenship and Respect for Life Perduring Realities

By Cardinal Justin Rigali There are aspects of our lives which we may refer to as perduring. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word perdure as: “to continue to exist.” We may say that a perduring element of life is like a stream that runs through a forest. Regardless of the season or the weather, the […]

African American Catholics in our Archdiocese

By Cardinal Justin Rigali Several events occurring in our Archdiocese recently suggest the topic for our reflection this week. Last Saturday, I celebrated Mass at the Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel, Foundress of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, to honor the 150th anniversary of her birth. On Sunday, November 2, I was present at […]