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Which images or thoughts come to mind when we hear the word hell? For some people, hell is merely an expletive or a more emphatic substitute for heck. For atheists, hell is a fictional place of … more
Despite the controversy over whether or not masks are effective for combating a virus, New York … more
To promote their well-rounded education, a prestigious university in New York encouraged undergrads to enroll in extracurricular activities. These included team sports, study clubs, culturally … more
Sharon Tate was a young, ambitious reporter working for a struggling local newspaper. Like many recently . … more
This is a true story. Michael had a younger brother named Roy, who was a medical doctor. On the day of Roy’s 40th birthday, his wife, Rachel, called Michael with an urgent plea. This is a … 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
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
Do you remember the expression: those folks are of no account? This means the people being referred to have very little importance, significance or worth as far as the speaker is concerned. In other … more
Nearly 3,000 innocent people were massacred on September 11, 2001. Here in Manhattan I witnessed the murder of 2,753 people inside the Twin Towers along with injuries to thousands of others in the … more
Pamela J. and Patrick S. met when they were undergraduate sophomores enrolled in an honors course at a Catholic college. They were a bright, healthy, attractive pair who reminded the world that … more
Some people are mystified by the way secular words have come into our language as contractions for, corruptions of or calculated contradictions to religious phrases and sacred concepts. One … 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
The quote on the cover of the 2021 July 19-26 issue of Time magazine is misleading. Beneath a crestfallen image of Japanese-born Naomi Osaka, the world’s reigning female tennis champion, is the … more
This month our country celebrates 245 years of liberty and justice for all. We proudly proclaim our sincere dedication to these two values, liberty and justice, whenever we pledge our allegiance to … more
We all know that fatherhood has its pleasures and its pains. Witnessing offspring grow into healthy, intelligent and productive citizens makes a father feel as tall as a mountain and proud beyond … more
More than two decades ago I was privileged to offer Mass each Sunday at a church in downtown Brussels, the French and Flemish bilingual capital of Belgium. The drive from where I was living and … more
The greatest feast day in the Catholic Church is not Christmas, not Three Kings, and, although some might wish otherwise, not even St. Patrick’s Day. No, the three highest Holy Days in the Church … more
On Ash Wednesday I asked a random group of undergrads to name the one thing that would be most difficult to give up for … more
St. Thomas Aquinas distinguished between two concepts called “acts of humans” as opposed to “human acts.” At first blush this may sound like semantics, but when we understand his reasoning we … more
Mario Quinsata, age 68: “I was never allowed to go inside the building to visit my mom and dad who reside on the second floor of an assisted living residence in a neighboring state. They are 92 and … more
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