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Sorrowful Mysteries of the Marginalized

The Agony of Asking Recently, I received a request to visit a nursing home on Long Island. I made my way through the Metro turnstile and boarded a subway bound for Penn Station, so I could … more

Puerto Rico, You Are Not Forgotten

Can I share with you a couple of matters on my mind, and, probably, on yours as well? One is the calamity in Puerto Rico. I’ve been on the phone a lot recently with the Archbishop of San … more

What We’re Working On

Every once in a while, it’s good to give our readers a progress report about some of the new things that Catholic New York is working on. As it happens, none of the three subjects I am about to … more

Diálogo y Verdad

La realización de un referéndum independentista en Cataluña el 1 de octubre de 2017, que había sido declarado ilegal por el tribunal español, y los hechos de violencia producidos a raíz de ese … more

How We Follow Jesus’ Mandate to Teach

They call it the “triple mandate of Jesus: to teach, to serve, to sanctify. Call it what you want, it’s the “mission statement” of His Church. Today I want to write … more

‘Why I Am Catholic’ Answers an Essential Question

It’s easy to be impressed by Brandon Vogt. He speaks confidently and directly, without any bluster or phoniness. What you see is what you get—straight-forward truth and conviction. Heck, he even … more

‘Todo Lo Puedo en Aquel Que Me Conforta’

No cabe duda que la entrega a la misión exige muchas renuncias de nuestra parte; además, Dios no nos ha prometido exonerarnos del sufrimiento y las persecuciones por causa del Evangelio. Jesús no … more

Joyful Mysteries in Our Lives

The stamp was crooked and streaky as if it had been overly licked and not easily coaxed into the upper right-hand corner of the yellowing envelope. She recognized her father's shaky handwriting … more

The Rosary: an Effective Means of Evangelization

Where we begin in the whole sacred process of evangelization is very important! Pope Francis has radiantly reminded us of this, hasn’t he? It’s not helpful to start with what the Church … more

Archdiocese Launches Pathways to Excellence II Schools’ Plan

Anyone who has been paying attention to Catholic education in … more

‘Hagan Lo Que Ellos Dicen...’

Jesús no era muy diplomático para decir las cosas claras, cuando, por ejemplo, se dirige a los maestros de la ley y fariseos, de quienes condena duramente su hipocresía y vacuidad (Cf., Mt 23, … more

We All Want to Help When Tragedy Strikes, But How

This is the feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross. Our hearts are broken these days, over the suffering of people in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean due to storms and … more

New York Seems Good Place for Padre Pio’s Relics Tour to Begin

Msgr. Robert Ritchie shared an uplifting thought about the visit of the relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina to St. Patrick’s Cathedral this coming weekend. Recalling the years when an annual Mass … more

Los Frutos de La Misión

¿Qué espera el misionero de su trabajo evangelizador? Es verdad que evangelizamos en cumplimiento del mandado del Señor, para la mayor gloria de Dios; pero, muchas veces, el misionero espera con … more

Disarming Armor With Compliments

Her name was Sally-Ann. She was 14 years old and pregnant. She was also homeless until the Good Shepherd Nuns welcomed her, gave her room and board, continued her education, and provided prenatal … more

A Saint Who Brought Solace to Slaves

The Church has ever looked to the example of the saints for hope and encouragement, as well as heavenly intercession, especially in time of trial. Jesus is, of course, our best model and uniquely … more

The Sheen Center Is Reaching Out, Perhaps to Your Parish

As the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture gets ready to kick off its third season this fall, I got a behind the scenes tour from Executive Director William Spencer Reilly. It was a behind the … more

Pasión por La Misión

Somos discípulos misioneros. No es separable el seguimiento de la misión, es imposible seguir a Jesús sin ser su misionero. El discípulo es un apasionado por la misión, con un compromiso que … more

Mary’s ‘Fullness of Life’

You will not be surprised, given my girth, that I enjoy conversations with good cooks.  While I’m hardly a chef myself—I can make a cup of tea or a piece of toast—I sure enjoy … more

Space Increase the Latest Sign of Good Things Happening at La Salle

In 1848, La Salle Academy became the first American school founded by the De La Salle Christian Brothers. Even that status was not a guarantee the boys’ high school would last forever, though. With … more
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