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We Forget God at Our Own Peril

The mood of our beloved country is not good, is it? As I listen to people, I hear more and more observe, “Something is deeply wrong with the world, and with … more

Two Essential Values

The other day I wished a Jewish friend a blessed Yom Kippur, their holy “day of atonement.” “Thanks,” he replied, “and it seems so obvious that the world sure … more

Get Your New Year Started Right—at Sunday Mass

Is still the first week of the first month of the New Year...so, a blessed 2018 to all! I invite you to consider another first: the first day of every Week, Sunday, the Lord’s … more

‘Where She Has Gone, We Hope to Go!’

  The world seems locked on the TV these days as we watch the Olympics from Rio. We admire these young athletes for both their physical, athletic acumen, and their sense of focus and … more

Closings Aren’t the Full Catholic School Story

Are our schools back in “hospice mode”? Have we returned to the “slow amputation” strategy where every year we announce the closing of a few more of our beloved … more

A Very Important Anniversary

February brings a lot of anniversaries for me. The 6th was, in Jack Benny’s vocabulary, the 29th anniversary of my 39th birthday; the 18th of this usually dreary month was my 6th … more

Promise of Solidarity With Christians in the Middle East

Last weekend I had the privilege of hosting a brother bishop, Bashar Warda, the Archbishop of Arbil, in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq. What an address! Yes, you heard me right: A Catholic bishop from … more

Sources of Inspiration in This Easter Season

  Continued blessings this Easter season! Today, I want to write about a few matters: First, renewed congratulations to our new Catholics who entered the Church on Holy Saturday! … more

His Heart Is All That Matters

We all wonder about it at one time or another! What’s at the core of the universe? What is at the very foundation of existence? What power makes the world tick? Those of us fortunate … more

Christmas: ‘It Is Personal.

I guess I was ten years old, Christmas Eve, 1960. Dad asked me to go with him to deliver some Christmas gifts. At the time, I did not realize that he was on a “St. Vincent de Paul … more

As Travel Plans Go Awry, Jesus’ Holy Week Journey Beckons

A blessed Easter to all! Last Friday I had a less than happy experience, which taught me a lesson about this Holy Week. For months I had looked forward to flying home for the first Holy … more

‘Praise to God for the Sisters of Life’

The following is the homily Cardinal Dolan delivered at the Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving for the 25th anniversary of the Sisters of Life in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on June 1.  St. … more

This Month’s Calendar Is Full

Let me write about a menu of issues I wanted to bring to your attention. First of all, soon...school’s out! Our college students are already home, working hard to pay tuition. … more

The Rosary: an Effective Means of Evangelization

Where we begin in the whole sacred process of evangelization is very important! Pope Francis has radiantly reminded us of this, hasn’t he? It’s not helpful to start with what the Church … more

Closing the Loophole on Capital Punishment

Maybe it’s because he preached these words in my hometown of St. Louis at Mass on his visit there in 1999, but the following teaching of Pope St. John Paul II has always had a special meaning … more

Prayers for Life Before the March

Mass of the Vigil for Life Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception January 18, 2018   The following is the text of the homily to be delivered by Cardinal … more

‘Count on the Knights to Come Through’

Somebody has got to do something!” How often, in exasperation, do we sigh or yell out that statement? As we look at the problems, injustices, sorrows, and tragedies that daily hit us in … more

Our Catholic Sense of Vocation

You may remember the somber event that occurred in the days prior to Holy Week, when Firefighter Michael Davidson died in the line of duty battling a blaze in Harlem. The entire city grieved, and … more

‘Now and at the Hour of Our Death’

Jackie Kennedy once commented, “The Church may have flaws, but she sure comes through at birth and death.” I’ll take that compliment! November is the month Holy Mother … more

Faith of Our Fathers

Last weekend’s newspapers, and reports on TV and radio, understandably had a lot on dads, since Sunday was Fathers’ Day. Was it just me, though, or were there more stories than usual … more
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