On the eve of the new Supreme Court session, Cardinal Wuerl warmly hosted 1,500 guests at the Cathedral of St. Matthew in Washington, including six of the nine Supreme Court Justices. Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Breyer, and Obama appointee Justice Elena Kagan who all voted in favor of the health care ruling were among the congregation. Other guests included many Ambassadors, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia, former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, and Military Archdiocese Archbishop Timothy Broglio who delivered the homily.
The theme centered on our responsibility to seek justice. In the homily, Archbishop Broglio very eloquently warned that the undoing of morality and institutions which support society is dangerous,
“I am reminded of my first year as a seminarian in Rome. An important 19th Century Justice Department building was closed because it was unsafe. It seemed to be sinking into the ground. Yet the Colosseum, Pantheon, and the ruins of the Roman Forum were all still standing and could be visited. It was a good reminder that not everything contemporary is good and that stable foundations are essential. Our society must also rest on stable, clear foundations. Otherwise, we run the risk of sinking into the mire of one popular sound byte after another!”
After Mass, Cardinal Wuerl and Monsignor Vaghi(Chaplain of the John Caroll Society) spoke to the guests about the mission of the New Evangelization. “It is a simple formula”, said Cardinal Wuerl. First it begins with our own internal conversion, then truly coming to the conviction that our beliefs are true, and finally sharing it with others. Wuerl shared a short story about a local college chaplain who evangelized by dramatically telling his young congregation, “I am appointing you all Apostles! Go home today and next Sunday your assignment is to bring someone back with you.” Slowly, it worked. And the congregation has grown from less than 50 students to over 300. This formula is simple, but sharing the faith is the profound responsibility of each Christian. The Good News is too good to be kept a secret.