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News of Russia’s attack on the people of Ukraine hit like a nauseating wave as news headlines scrolled by on TV the morning of the invasion. I could feel a deep sadness tinged with anxiety rising … more
The idea came in a dream. It was just like the movies, the fantasy of every writer who has slogged away at a keyboard, awaiting inspiration. Haley Stewart’s came. “I woke up, and I was … more
Como es de conocimiento público, el domingo 10 de octubre del año 2021, el papa Francisco aperturó la XVI Asamblea General Ordinaria del Sínodo de los obispos con el tema “Por una Iglesia … more
“Come back to me with all your heart!” That exhortation, from the Lord to His Chosen People of Israel, echoes throughout God’s Holy Word in the Bible. Think of the truths of that divine … more
Laughing Tears Some humans tear up when they laugh, especially if their chuckle is loud and long. Listening to a gifted comedian or watching a sidesplitting routine can often have us reaching for … more
Earlier this month I went to Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, L.I., where Cardinal Dolan was leading a retreat for the archdiocese’s permanent deacons. I arrived in time to attend … more
I was listening to the radio one morning recently—it was a New York station—when I heard an announcement that caught my ear. It was directed toward persons who are addicted to gambling, but I saw … more
Despite being immersed for over 30 years in the study of modern Polish history, I must confess that I’d never heard of the heroic Ulma family until recently. I’ll get to the circumstances of my … more
El hombre es una realidad constitutivamente moral. Como ser libre, tiene que dar cuenta de sus actos y construir su propia “personalidad moral” a lo largo de toda la vida. Independientemente del … more
Only you fans of “Catholic Jeopardy” would know this: Classically, in our Catholic calendar, each of the twelve months is dedicated to a title of Jesus, an event in His life, a name given Him, … more
Solo los apasionados del juego “Jeopardy Católico,” sabrán esto: Clásicamente, en nuestro calendario Católico, cada uno de los doce meses están dedicado a un título de Jesús, un evento en … more
The Synod listening sessions to take place during Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, March 2, were initially planned for five regional sites across the archdiocese. Then the deans of the … more
Back when my husband, Dennis, and I were teaching a two-year confirmation prep program at our parish in upstate New York, I wrote a column saying that when I looked out at my students, I saw what I … more
The viability of live, in-person theater remains a tenuous and tentative proposition these days. Yet, Broadway has soldiered on since reopening last fall, and no show better represents the … more
Los ciudadanos tienen el derecho a recibir una información veraz, confiable, a través de los medios de comunicación. El ejercicio de la profesión periodística exige necesariamente un compromiso … more
He was a very intelligent man, a research scientist at a nearby corporation, and he wanted to become a Catholic. This probably had something to do with the reality that his wife, and the mother of … more
You cannot serve God and gold (Matt 6:24).  In this translation, the word gold is an acceptable substitute for mammon since most folks have no idea what the word mammon means. New Testament … more
Coming back to Manhattan from last Friday’s March for Life in Washington, D.C., our bus captain, Sister Mary Margaret Hope, S.V., called for short testimonies of “graces” that her fellow riders … more
With the end of the Christmas season a few weeks ago, we returned, liturgically speaking, to Ordinary Time. I know that some Catholics are puzzled by the term, so I asked a faithful and faith-filled … more
The latest book by Sam Usher stopped me in my tracks. I’ve devoured the children’s books brilliantly illustrated by this Chicago dad, and the title of his new release immediately drew me in: “A … more
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