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We Forget God at Our Own Peril

The mood of our beloved country is not good, is it? As I listen to people, I hear more and more observe, “Something is deeply wrong with the world, and with … more

Two Essential Values

The other day I wished a Jewish friend a blessed Yom Kippur, their holy “day of atonement.” “Thanks,” he replied, “and it seems so obvious that the world sure … more

Companions for a Virtual Journey

I don’t know about you, but right about now I could use a tribe, a group of like-minded folks who want to band together for support on the journey. I was thinking recently about ways to … more

An Evening of Hope

It is almost always the first question asked when I tell people I am the vocations director for the Archdiocese: “How many guys do you have?” This could refer to a variety of different possibilities: How many are enrolled in seminary? How many will be ordained? How many am I currently working with who are seriously discerning? People ask this because there is a genuine concern about the number of men who are in active ministry and those who will soon join them. Our people see their priests doing more with less resources and are worried about what this will mean for the future and our access to God’s saving work in the sacraments. It can at times be discouraging or frustrating when we do not see the results that we would like. In the midst of this concern, there are signs of hope as well. 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

Entrar Por La Puerta Estrecha

En cierta ocasión, según relata el Evangelio, le preguntaron a Jesús: ¿Serán pocos los que se salven? (Cf., Lc 13, 23). La pregunta refleja curiosidad, un “querer saber”, más que un … more

Remembering and Forgetting

What We Long to Forget When I was in my late 20s, a wiser and much older priest told me that one of God's greatest gifts to humans was our ability to forget. Until that moment, I had only heard … more

Get Your New Year Started Right—at Sunday Mass

Is still the first week of the first month of the New Year...so, a blessed 2018 to all! I invite you to consider another first: the first day of every Week, Sunday, the Lord’s … more

In Puerto Rico, No Rest Yet for Resilient Caregivers

My personal highlight from the last workday of 2017 was an interview I had with Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, the executive director of archdiocesan Catholic Charities, about his most recent visit to Puerto … more

‘Where She Has Gone, We Hope to Go!’

  The world seems locked on the TV these days as we watch the Olympics from Rio. We admire these young athletes for both their physical, athletic acumen, and their sense of focus and … more

‘Hemos Encontrado al Mesías’

Nuestra fe en Jesucristo es, ante todo, el fruto de una experiencia de encuentro con Él. Creemos en Jesús no tanto por lo que otros nos han hablado de Él, no tanto por lo que hayamos escuchado o … 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

Call to Mission Heard in Sullivan, and Throughout the Archdiocese

Linda English was speaking about something that happened nearly three months ago, only her enthusiasm made it seem the event had occurred this week. She was describing a cluster mission that took … more

Transformed by Mission, Maryknoll Director Passing It On

Joanne Blaney, the mission services director at Maryknoll, could use a few more lay missioners like, well, herself. She served just shy of two decades during two stints as a lay missioner in Brazil, … more

‘Todos Los Muros Caen’

Consternación ha producido en millones de personas la decisión del presidente Donald Trump, quien el 25 de enero del presente año (2017), a escasos días de iniciar su mandato, firmó la … more

A Very Important Anniversary

February brings a lot of anniversaries for me. The 6th was, in Jack Benny’s vocabulary, the 29th anniversary of my 39th birthday; the 18th of this usually dreary month was my 6th … more

Novice Speaker Had Wealth of Knowledge About Eucharistic Adoration

James Monti opened his seminar on Eucharistic Adoration at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie by making an admission most novice public speakers would not make. He confessed that his talk was his … more

Promise of Solidarity With Christians in the Middle East

Last weekend I had the privilege of hosting a brother bishop, Bashar Warda, the Archbishop of Arbil, in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq. What an address! Yes, you heard me right: A Catholic bishop from … more

¿De Qué Están Llenas Nuestras Lámparas?

El papa Francisco, en su viaje apostólico al Perú (del 18 al 21 de enero de 2018), exhortó a los peruanos a “no dejarse robar la esperanza”, pues no estamos solos en medios de nuestras … more

Knight Making Marathon Mark for Catholic Charities

The upcoming TCS New York City Marathon will have more than 50,000 participants. Unfortunately, Patrick Powers was not selected in the race’s lottery. That left his dream of running the Nov. 6 race … more
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