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In the mid-1990s, a gifted Newsday reporter named Bob Keeler won a Pulitzer Prize for an in-depth series of articles about St. Brigid’s parish in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Back then, I … more
Everyone has his or her own story. Our history, family, faith, environment—all of it combines to create a background story that runs through our entire life, for better or worse. Through the … more
On the elevator at work one day, I chatted with a woman who was the only other person onboard. Both of us remarked that we were looking forward to Friday—several days away—and the weekend. We … more
Seventy-five years ago, on Jan. 27, 1945, the infantrymen of the Red Army’s 322nd Rifle Division were bludgeoning their way into the Third Reich when they discovered the Auschwitz-Birkenau … more
In his book “What is Art?” Leo Tolstoy wrote, “The business of art lies just in this,—to make that understood and felt which, in the form of an argument, might be incomprehensible and … more
Remember! A loaded word in our vocabulary, one laden with substance. Chatting with people my own age—I just turned seventy—and beyond, I often hear them whisper with apprehension, … more
El 12 de febrero de 2020 se publicó la Exhortación Apostólica “Querida Amazonía” del papa Francisco. El documento era muy esperado después de la realización del Sínodo sobre la Amazonía … more
¡Recuerda! Una palabra abundante en nuestro vocabulario, una llena de sustancia. Conversando con personas de mi edad – acabo de cumplir setenta - y más allá, a menudo … more
Elizabeth Guevara de Gonzalez, who was recently named director of the archdiocesan Office of Adult Faith Formation, is seeking to continue expanding awareness of her office and its programs among … more
A few weeks ago I was finishing a three-year program for spiritual direction at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Ill. Since this was a course focused on spirituality much of our time was … more
On a pedestal in the entryway of Chelsea’s Luhring Augustine art gallery sits a circa 1490 woodcarving entitled Christ on the Cold Stone. The artist is unknown, but it is attributed to the Brabant … more
This column actually comes to you from Cuba! Before you jump to conclusions, let me be clear: I’m not here on the beach, although the weather is bright and the ocean magnificent. I came … more
El término ‘inculturación’ hay que entenderlo desde la analogía con el término ‘encarnación’. De hecho, el fundamento mismo de la inculturación es el misterio de la encarnación del … more
You never know who you are going to encounter when you start making your way into a crowd, especially when it’s as big as the one in Washington, D.C., last Friday, Jan. 24, for the 47th annual … more
Does what we wear to church matter? I’ve been thinking about that ever since I recently read a couple of letters to the editor in Catholic New York that raised the issue. One letter focused on … more
The snow has begun. It is expected to last 18 hours, piling nine inches high and crippling weekend plans. The streets are emptying, the collective dash to the grocery store completed. But here in … more
Toda religión, independientemente de que sea revelada o no, es también un hecho social, un hecho cultural. Ninguna religión se vive en estado puro, tampoco el cristianismo. No existe un … more
It’s bleak out there, folks! I mean it’s dark outside, these short days at the height of winter. It’s slowly improving, though, can you tell? This Sunday, February 2nd, is … more
¡ Amigos, esta sombrío allá afuera! Quiero decir que está oscuro afuera, estos cortos días en pleno invierno. Sin embargo, está mejorando … more
How often do we hear those “becoming” admonitions? We will become what we eat, so we better pay attention to our nutritional intake. Or we will become what we think about, so we better watch … more
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