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Resolving to Evolve With the Spirit

We were debating the merits of the latest Taylor Swift album with our teenage daughter one Saturday morning recently, when the conversation morphed into a larger discussion on the way people in … more

On Cracked Knuckles and Self-care: a Resolution for 2018

The themes emerge predictably. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, we gravitate toward the biggies: get healthy, get organized, get a life. We vow to travel more, read more, save more and … more

New Year’s Resolutions for Catholics

What are some of the Catholic ideals that we can incorporate into our New Year's Resolutions for 2018? What are some of the uniquely orthodox Catholic practices that will help bring us closer to … more

Pray With Wonder and Awe

This Christmas column, which originally was published in Catholic New York on Dec. 17, 2009, was Cardinal Dolan’s first as Archbishop of New York.   A lot of people had told me about … more

Gambia’s Bishop-elect Has Many Friends on Staten Island

Bishop-elect Gabriel Mendy, C.S.Sp., will make quite a homecoming when he returns to Gambia where he was born and raised, began pursuing the priesthood and was ordained for the Congregation of the … more

Esperanza y Consolación

Cuando una persona afronta situaciones personales difíciles, por ejemplo a causa de una grave enfermedad, la pérdida de un ser querido, o cualquiera otra situación que produce un gran sufrimiento, … more

The News, and the Good News

Innocence is one of the qualities most associated with Christmas. We take joy in the innocence of children young enough to watch, wide-eyed and believing, for Santa Claus and his sleigh. Standing … more

Sisters of Charity of New York Close Their Bicentennial at ‘Day of the Heart’ in Basilica Near Where Their Service Began

Two hundred years ago, three sisters from a very young congregation—the Sisters of Charity in Emmitsburg, Md., founded by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton—came to New York City to care for orphans. They … more

The Invitation of Advent

Advent! These four weeks of spiritual preparation for the grand feast of Christmas. (Actually, we only have three weeks-and-one day of Advent this year!)  Let’s try to better understand … more

Questions of Faith

My wife and I, along with our adult children, traveled to Atlanta last weekend for the wedding of our eldest niece, one of three daughters of my wife’s older sister. It was a great celebration, one … more

El Adviento y La Parusía

El tiempo de Adviento está marcado por el signo de la esperanza cristiana en la venida del Señor. Por su Encarnación, el Hijo de Dios se hizo hombre, “en todo semejante a nosotros menos en el … more

We Are One

We live in a divided world, where our differences are driving a wedge between us, creating an ever-widening chasm that threatens to cut us off from each other completely. Or so it seems. When we … more

The Art of Giving, the Challenge of Advent

Oprah Winfrey sings and claps when presented with the $69 lunch box that makes her 2017 “Favorite Things” list. “I looooove!” she belts out in mock falsetto. She doesn’t need to … more

The ‘Adsum’ Ornament

BEFORE Vatican II, whenever a bishop administered the sacrament of Holy Orders, the ritual began with a roll call. Those who had completed their seminary training were summoned to the altar by name. … more

Giving Thanks for Religious Freedom, Despite Real Threats

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to observe that the saddest person is the one without gratitude, the one who feels he/she has nothing for which to thank God or somebody else. We Americans would … more

Solanus’ ‘Simple’ Faith Makes Him Perfectly Blessed For Our Times

My hunch that the celebration for newly Blessed Capuchin Father Solanus Casey at Sacred Heart Church in Yonkers would be a special one turned out to be right on the mark. The monastery church on … more

What Matters in Advent

If Thanksgiving is here, then Christmas, as everyone knows, is just around the corner. It’s time to prepare for it—not just by getting the house ready and buying or making gifts, but also in the … more

Parusía y Juicio de Dios

Al cerrar el Año Litúrgico, los textos bíblicos propuestos en las lecturas de los últimos domingos, incluyendo los de la solemnidad de Cristo Rey, hacen referencia a los “últimos tiempos”, … more

Saying Thank You

Tis the season to give thanks, but what if we change things up a bit this time around? It could be a gratitude throw down of epic proportions, if we all make an effort. We already know that counting … more

Marathon Lessons Apply to Life’s Course

Last Sunday’s New York Marathon seemed even more festive than ever. That’s good! After the tragedy on Halloween afternoon, we needed it! I’ve meditated before on the proposition … more
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