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In his classic novel “Nicholas Nickleby,” Dickens begins by asking this question: What should we do if we lose a loved one too early in life? His answer is both practical and profound. He says we … more
One day in August a few years ago, I was watching television at my cousins’ house on Cape Cod. A commercial appeared showing a typical New England beach where parents and kids were enjoying a … more
Well, we are ready! And not only ready, but eager and excited. I write, of course, about the upcoming visit to New York of Pope Francis.  You may have heard the ancient Latin maxim, Ubi … more
This one hits home, literally. Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be packing up our daughter and then our son as they head off to their respective colleges on the East Coast. In … more
Life is good for Mets fans these days! Just a couple of weeks ago my favorite baseball team was deep in the doldrums. At that point in mid-July they had scored fewer runs than just about … more
En el evangelio de San Juan, luego del discurso del pan de vida (Cf., Jn 6, 22-58), y a modo de conclusión (Cf., Jn 6, 60-69), se nos presenta una confesión de fe de Pedro, la cual viene precedida … more
The day of reckoning in the Making All Things New pastoral planning process, when mergers affecting many parishes in the Archdiocese of New York officially took effect, was Aug. 1. It followed a … more
I hate doing this: Talking about money. I mean it. When I was growing up, I remember my father commenting, “The only time we hear from the archbishop is when he asks for … more
La multiplicación de los panes, relato que es recogido en los cuatro evangelios (Cf., Mc 6, 32-44; Mt 14, 13-21; Lc 9, 10-17; y Jn 6, 1-13), es un signo mesiánico, a través del cual Jesús se … more
Arleen Spenceley can’t remember the last time she went on a date. It must’ve been 2014, she says without a trace of panic. Even though she’s in the thick of wedding season and nearing her … more