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I’ve been emailing my friend Becky, a newspaper editor in South Dakota, about our growing desire to unplug. We used to compare notes on … more
The unrelenting news cycle has not been kind to the Church this summer, starting with the sex abuse allegations … more
Yes, I know that the classical, popular devotion, the Via Crucis—reverently accompanying Jesus on His tortured journey from unjust condemnation by Pontius Pilate, to His repose in the arms of … more
This is not an account of the criminal behavior involving some seminarians, deacons, priests, bishops and cardinals in the Catholic Church. This is a story about a bird. To understand the … more
Take my word for it: You don’t want to be around me at breakfast. I am not a chipper morning person, and it’s best to leave me to the coffee and the newspaper—and I mean newspaper, not online … more
Cuando estoy débil, entonces es cuando soy fuerte” (2Cor 12,10). Después de los episodios del Monte Carmelo, en los que se narra el enfrentamiento del profeta Elías con los profetas de Baal … more
Like many of you, I set aside a book or two to take on vacation. In Cape Cod last week, I read one that brought me so much satisfaction and joy that I wanted to share it with you. more
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
Recently, I had the pleasure of accompanying nine college students who are part of the Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) at SUNY New Paltz on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. I … more
Count me firmly among those who hope all the “obituaries” written last week about the New York Daily News were extremely premature. As a reader for many years, I’ve certainly watched the … more
Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture, says the Lord…You have scattered my sheep and driven them away. You have not cared for them, but I will take care to punish … more
Janet Easter is experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions as she arranges a bouquet in her backyard, and she is unfazed. “I’m having contractions, which is hilarious,” she says, stripping … more
Los graves acontecimientos de violencia que están sucediendo actualmente en Nicaragua y la difícil situación que afrontar la Iglesia en ese país nos llevan a reflexionar sobre un concepto muy … more
The gospels, through the Transfiguration, teach us that Jesus is the light of a world often seemingly cloudy and gloomy. In His splendor, His divinity is dramatically apparent to His three friends. more
Moira was a good girl who got pregnant at the end of March in her senior year at St. Damien's High School. She often thought this was lucky timing since she did not start showing until just after her … more
Una de las imágenes bíblicas del reino de Dios es la del “banquete”. Los profetas del Antiguo Testamento anunciaron la llegada de un reino de justicia y paz, donde nadie pasaría hambre ni … more
I should have known that something was wrong a few Sundays ago when I arrived at my parish church just before noon and saw yellow tape stretched across the side street. It was unusually quiet in … more
The Church’s custom of reading virtually all of the Acts of the Apostles at daily Mass during the Easter season struck me as particularly apt this year, and for three reasons. First, Acts … more
Beginning in September, Catholic New York will publish a monthly section of eight to 12 pages in Spanish as part of its regular newspaper edition. The pullout section is planned to run in the … more
We all enjoy reminiscing about the “good old days” when, so we ruminate, all was simpler, clearer, happier. When I was a graduate student in Church history, our acclaimed professor, … more
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