Archbishop Broglio Gives Homily at Annual Mass

On September 6, 2016, Archbishop Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, was the principle celebrant and homilist at the annual Memorial Mass for Father Capodanno which took place in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

During his homily, Archbishop Broglio talked about prayer, saying, “Prayer, therefore, is the key that opens the door to vocation. We all have that Christian vocation which Paul describes so eloquently in his Letter to the Colossians: ‘As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, rooted in Him and built upon Him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.'”

“‘Everyone in the crowd sought to touch Him because power came forth from Him and healed them all.’ The source of the power to heal is the night in prayer. There is no coincidence between the two. Prayer was also the prelude to the important choice: selection of the Apostles.”

“Think of the role of prayer in Father Capodanno’s life. It was his guide in responding to the Lord’s call to Maryknoll. It must have guided his discernment of the vocation within a vocation: military chaplaincy. ‘Every decision, each action, and every meeting must be lived in the light that we have drawn from a constant, humble, and trusting prayer.’ Another fruit of that prayer must have been his dogged insistence to stay at the front with his Marines. He was clearly a man for others who imitated the Lord in that most generous sacrifice of life itself to give consolation and healing to others in peril. ”

Read more on the website for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.