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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
Thanksgiving Day, and the entire long holiday weekend, is traditionally a time for families to come together—giving thanks for a festive meal shared with those we love, and relaxing afterward by … more
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
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
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
Re: the Oct. 26 Letter to the Editor, “Too Long to Belong.” As a convert and an RCIA coordinator, I have often received astonishment regarding the time commitment required for … more
I was appalled by Mr. Crowe’s letter (CNY, Oct. 26) describing the difficulty of the conversion process to become a Catholic. I have no reason to doubt the accuracy of his story, and if it is … more
A very different prayer, the “Our Father,” begins like no other. The first four words, between Our Creator and His creations to His imperfect children, offer a relationship, an invitation … more
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
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
By the time we arrived at the Carmelite Sisters’ Monastery of St. Joseph in Trujillo Alto, our one-day visit to the Archdiocese of San Juan, Puerto Rico, was nearly complete. Even before arriving, … more
Have we learned to comprehend the incomprehensible? Do we express horror over mass killings in our cities, our small towns and even our churches, and then quickly forget about them as we go about forget about them as we go about our business? It can seem that way at times. … more
El hombre como “ser en el tiempo” es una realidad finita, su existencia temporal es sumamente limitada, efímera. Basta comparar el ciclo de vida de un ser humano, que en muy contados casos es … more
Even before she was married, Emily Stimpson Chapman asked for baby prayers. “I’d be in an antique store buying little trinkets for the wedding decorations, and I would be asking strangers: … more
There appears to be some unrest with the concept of girls in Boy Scout units. (CNY, Oct. 26). This is not really new. There have been females in Scout units for years in Venture Crews, Explorers and … more
It was good to read Cardinal Dolan’s article on following Jesus’ mandate to the Church to teach and make disciples (CNY, Oct. 12), and to know how seriously he considers this … more
The dumbing down of the faith has been a pastoral disaster, significantly contributing to the mass exodus of now two generations from the Church. A childish, intellectually shallow religion simply … more
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
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
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
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