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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

We All Want to Help When Tragedy Strikes, But How

This is the feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross. Our hearts are broken these days, over the suffering of people in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean due to storms and … more

A Saint Who Brought Solace to Slaves

The Church has ever looked to the example of the saints for hope and encouragement, as well as heavenly intercession, especially in time of trial. Jesus is, of course, our best model and uniquely … more

Mary’s ‘Fullness of Life’

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

‘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

Faith Goes Beyond Numbers

Numbers…measurements…statistics…metrics…percentages…rates…  How our lives seem to be ruled by numbers! I wait anxiously for my blood pressure, my … more

A Summer Break to Relish Life’s Goodness

Let’s talk about something pleasant, shall we? Too often in my column I have to write you on tough issues, bad news, worrisome developments. Not today: Let’s think about … more

Only in America

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

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

‘These Last Nine Days!’

Jesus was a compassionate friend and the most effective teacher ever. Still is! He knew his friends, the apostles and disciples, had been on a “roller coaster” of emotions. They … more

Honoring Mary, Our Heavenly Mother

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

Radical Discipleship Lived in Our Midst

This glorious Easter Season often presents to us daily Mass readings from the Acts of the Apostles, that inspired book of the New Testament, written by St. Luke, often called, “The Fifth … 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

Rise to New Life With Monthly Confession

Can I share with you a recent episode that I have often reflected upon these penitential days of Lent? Six weeks or so ago I traveled to the friendly Diocese of Owensboro, Ky., at the invitation … more

Lenten Journey Parallels Life’s Pathways

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

Los Entierros En Nuestros Cementerios Católicos

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

Burials in Our Catholic Cemeteries

Dear friends in the Lord: As we begin this Lenten Season, in which we reflect on the passion, death, and resurrection of Our Lord, I offer this reflection on our own deaths and resurrections, 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

My Catholic Grade School Is Where It All Began

Last Saturday I had the honor of speaking at a dinner in Austin, Texas, to benefit their schools: Can I share my talk with you as we find ourselves in Catholic Schools Week? Thank you, Diocese … more

Happy Birthday, Catholic Charities!

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
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