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Sí, sé que la devoción clásica popular del Vía Crucis, de acompañar con reverencia a Jesús en su tortuoso viaje desde su injusta condena por parte de … more
The passing of George H.W. Bush, our forty-first president, has moved me. I’ve always admired him. While working at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, I got to meet him a number of times, … more
You will not be surprised, given my girth, that I enjoy conversations with good cooks.  While I’m hardly a chef myself—I can make a cup of tea or a piece of toast—I sure enjoy … more
Is nothing less than a miracle... Saturday night I offered Mass for the new parish of St. John Bosco in Port Chester. Sure, every Mass is a miracle, but that’s not the one I want to write … more
Do you like standing in line? I guess that depends on what we’re standing in line for! I don’t mind standing in line for a Shake Shack hamburger (except on the Fridays of Lent!), or to … more
The kids are back! School is open! And we remain ever-grateful for our Catholic schools in this Archdiocese of New York. They take immense time, effort, sweat, tears, energy... and … more
Earlier this week I was honored to receive an award from the New York Board of Rabbis. In my brief expression of appreciation, I relayed the story of the visit to New York a few years back by … more
A blessed Easter! We all realize that Lent, the season of penance we just completed, takes forty days. Our kids who give up candy wonder why it takes so long! It’s meant to be lengthy, … more
The end of January can be freezing weather-wise, but it annually brings two highlights of the year, which help warm my spirit. The first is the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., in which … more
It’s been a rough time for us these recent days in Albany. Even a seasoned, impartial journalist and keen observer of politicians in our state capital, has noted that values for which the … more
You have to admit that my topic for this column is seasonal! I want to write about freedom, and here we just celebrated the Fourth of July, the day our beloved country declared its independence from … more
A week or so ago, we priests, deacons, religious women and men—and a growing number of lay faithful—who daily pray what the Church calls The Divine Office meditated on St. … more
You are aware, I trust, that these weeks of October are designated Respect Life Month. As Pope Francis recently observed, almost all our problems and woes can be traced back to a loss of reverence … more
Historians tells us that 1917 was the year that the United States “came of age,” as, with its entrance into World War I, our nation realized its global duties. Well, that same … more
They call it the “triple mandate of Jesus: to teach, to serve, to sanctify. Call it what you want, it’s the “mission statement” of His Church. Today I want to write … more
A blessed Fourth of July and summer! I was home in St. Louis last weekend, a cherished, enjoyable family reunion like most of us celebrate these happy weeks of summer. As I sat on the porch … more
Lent always reminds us that life is a journey, a pilgrimage... On Ash Wednesday, as we commenced these forty days, we were reminded that God created us from dust, and “unto dust we shall … more
This column comes to you from Lourdes, the renowned shrine in southwestern France where Mary, the Mother of Jesus, appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858. There, Our Lady assured St. Bernadette that this … more
Queridos amigos en el Señor: Al comenzar este Tiempo de Cuaresma, en la que reflexionamos sobre la Pasión, la Muerte, y la Resurrección de Nuestro Señor, les … more
I haven’t reported on our parish planning initiative, Making All Things New, for quite a while. The decisions reached, after years of consultation and study, have now been in effect for … more
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