Cardinal Mahony, my brother bishops, my dear brother priests and deacons; religious and consecrated men and women, seminarians; all of you, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
This is a special moment of grace for me. This is my first chrism Mass with my brother bishops and priests, my first co-workers in the apostolic work of building the Kingdom of God here in the great Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
I love this ceremony in which we bless the holy oils — the signs and instruments through which our priests carry out their ministry of salvation.
It is so fitting that we do this during Holy Week. For these signs of divine grace draw the supernatural power they communicate from the...READ MORE