"As we reach, as you strive for holiness and perfection, especially in the upcoming Season of Lent, Christ builds the temple within you: turn your cheek --- and don’t strike back; give your coat --- and share with those in need; go the extra mile --- and keep going; love your enemies --- and love your spouses, your families, your neighbors and the stranger in our midst; pray for those who persecute you --- and pray for those who don’t. These are the claims that following Christ makes on you. These are the Gospel. These are the glory of God. These are your salvation."
(Homily for Mass of Elevation to Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Feb 19, 2017)