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Opportunities for Discernment

Recently, I received an email from a young woman who is discerning religious life. She wanted to know the possibilities available in the archdiocese for someone who is thinking about becoming a … more

Gracia y Mérito

La Iglesia siembre ha enseñado que la salvación es una gracia absolutamente gratuita. En virtud de los méritos del sacrificio redentor de Cristo obrado en la cruz, somos justificados en el … more

His Heart Is All That Matters

We all wonder about it at one time or another! What’s at the core of the universe? What is at the very foundation of existence? What power makes the world tick? Those of us fortunate … more

Still Right at Home at a St. John’s Commencement

Until a couple of weeks ago, I never had the occasion to return for commencement exercises at my alma mater, St. John’s University, where I am a proud member of the class of 1985. That may seem a … more

Court’s Decision Could Serve as Foundation

The U.S. Supreme Court took an important step in affirming Americans’ rights to freedom of speech and religious expression in a ruling that sided with a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding … more

‘In Faith and Love’

I want to reflect on the joy at Holy Family Church in New Rochelle after this past weekend’s celebration of Pentecost. We were blessed to have a “birthday party” for the Church … more

Turn It Off

Regarding the Met exhibit and the Met Gala: I have not yet seen the exhibit but I look forward to attending it very soon. As for the Met Gala, because it was meant to be a fund-raiser for the … more

Choosing Neither

There were letters posted in your April 12 edition written in reply to Cardinal Dolan’s Wall Street Journal article about the Democratic Party.  One each seeming to list the good and … more

Still in Need of Dad

Many motels in the United States offer motorists a free breakfast with each night's stay. The managers of a Comfort Inn in Florida provided a delicious example of this morning fare during my recent … more

Facing the Stigma of Mental Illness

Here’s an important word in the Catholic lexicon: holistic. When looking at the miracle, the work of art that we call the human person, we take in the whole: body, mind, and soul. This is … more

Priests Find Keys to Better Preaching May Be as Close as Fellow Priests

Father Stephen Norton, the pastor of St. Benedict parish in the Bronx, was preaching a couple of weeks ago on the Sixth Sunday of Easter from John’s Gospel. (“I am the vine, you are the … more

With Sports Betting Now in Play, So Are the Risks

Now that the Supreme Court has struck down a 1992 federal law that banned sports betting in most states, New York is likely to become one of the first to put the practice in play. Anticipating a … more

Libertad y Gracia

El semipelagianismo, como hemos señalado en otra columna, se expresa en ciertas actitudes o comportamientos, en teorías psicológicas que exaltan la capacidad del hombre para su auto realización, … more

Mixed Review

The current “Heavenly Bodies” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum is both an admirable and needed endeavor. It is a much needed reminder that the secular and the sacred not only … more

‘An Embarrassment’

What a mess! Vatican art mixed with repulsive modern trash, preceded by a “gala” of freakily dressed celebrities. Pathetic, vulgar, offensive and, at times, pornographic. (A bondage … more

Not Fitting

The use of blessed objects for profane purposes is sacrilege. I am heartbroken and angry that Cardinal Dolan participated in the Met Gala, which supposedly “celebrated” Catholicism in … more

Holy Innocents

All people, born and unborn, have equal human dignity. But we must never equate the effort to stop lethal violence against innocent children in the womb with efforts to promote social justice for … more

A New Feast for Mary’s Month

May...the month of Mary. It’s appropriate, is it not? Creation is bursting with life. Grass, leaves, bushes, flowers—allergies!—all over the place. Nature is as it should … more

‘Heavenly Bodies’ Exhibit Shines Light on Church

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” promises to be the major blockbuster exhibit this summer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A production of the Met’s Costume Institute, … more

Renounce the World to Save the World

A few months ago, I was having dinner with several of those I am working with who are discerning the priesthood. These gatherings are great opportunities for me to get to know the men and give … more
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