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This month’s column marks 20 years of Life Lines in Catholic New York. I remember well my first column, about my then-4-year-old son, Noah, and his nature camp experiences. Except, when that first … more
Every fall the push to do more intensifies. Sharpen your pencil and dig in. Produce more, study more, socialize more, exercise more, volunteer more. The calendar becomes the battlefield, its … more
Dante Alighieri died 700 years ago, on Sept. 14, 1321, just one year after completing the Divine Comedy. The years leading up to his death were tumultuous, marked by a long exile from his home city … more
En el prólogo del libro de Job se nos describe la situación inicial de Job antes de ser sometido a la prueba. Era un hombre bendecido de Dios: poseía tierras, familia, ganados en abundancia. En el … more
It’s time for uniforms, backpacks, books, laptops, peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches, and masks! Yes, it’s back-to-school! A blessed fresh academic year to our students, teachers, principals, … more
Accounts abound of how individuals found faith in God on September 11, 2001. But some people, including some young people, lost their faith that day. Before his final interview for a lucrative … more
Early on Saturday morning, Aug. 14, I drove into Brooklyn for a story. That’s not a normal occurrence because Brooklyn and Queens form the neighboring Diocese of Brooklyn, which is outside Catholic … more
When I heard that there was some kind of political trouble in our state capital, my first thought was, “Oh, the Albany follies.” I did not realize right away what kind of folly it was, and how … more
On the Solemnity of Christ the King in 2013, Pope Francis completed the work of the 2012 Synod of Bishops with the apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), issuing a ringing … more
"Oh, for the good old days!” Do you say that a lot? I admit I sure do. In the midst of all the troubles in the world—the devastation in Haiti, the violence in Afghanistan, the despair of … more
Como hemos explicado en nuestra anterior columna, es a finales del Antiguo Testamento que la esperanza en la resurrección (y una justicia ultraterrena) se convierte en una respuesta más razonable … more
Oh, por los buenos viejos tiempos!" ¿Dices eso mucho? Les admito que yo sí. En medio de todos los problemas del mundo: la devastación en Haití, la violencia en Afganistán, la … more
Speaking to Msgr. Peter Vaccari Monday, just a day after his return from Lebanon where he visited the port of Beirut so devastated in the powerful explosion that rocked the city and surrounding area … more
I submitted two articles tonight, and moments after I hit send, I was struck by the parallel. Sure, they both involved retired Catholics. But in my focus on the specifics of their work—the … more
En el antiguo judaísmo se pensaba que la bendición de Dios se concreta en esta vida, pues no se creía en la resurrección o en una pervivencia del alma más allá de la muerte física del hombre. … more
I’m going to make an example out of you!” Usually, hearing those words, we figure someone is in big trouble. The one uttering those words, most of the time through clenched teeth, wants to … more
Last week was a sad one at Catholic New York as we said goodbye to founding Editor in Chief Gerald M. Costello, who is remembered fondly for establishing Catholic New York 40 years ago and leading … more
It was a beautiful summer day, but it began with a few glitches and it only got worse. For one thing, it was hot. I don’t like hot weather, and when it’s really hot all I want to do is … more
As a child of the ‘60s and ‘70s, I grew up with my share of interesting entertainment options when it came to exploring the life of Jesus. I performed songs from “Godspell” … more
En varios pasajes de los evangelios Jesús destaca la fe de personas no pertenecientes al pueblo de Israel y que son discriminados por ser paganos. El pasaje de Mt 15, 21-28 nos presenta uno de … more
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