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They call it the “triple mandate of Jesus: to teach, to serve, to sanctify. Call it what you want, it’s the “mission statement” of His Church. Today I want to write … more
A blessed Fourth of July and summer! I was home in St. Louis last weekend, a cherished, enjoyable family reunion like most of us celebrate these happy weeks of summer. As I sat on the porch … more
Lent always reminds us that life is a journey, a pilgrimage... On Ash Wednesday, as we commenced these forty days, we were reminded that God created us from dust, and “unto dust we shall … more
This column comes to you from Lourdes, the renowned shrine in southwestern France where Mary, the Mother of Jesus, appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858. There, Our Lady assured St. Bernadette that this … more
Ha sido un momento difícil para nosotros estos últimos días en Albany. Incluso un periodista experimentado e imparcial y un agudo observador de los políticos en la … more
Queridos amigos en el Señor: Al comenzar este Tiempo de Cuaresma, en la que reflexionamos sobre la Pasión, la Muerte, y la Resurrección de Nuestro Señor, les … more
Confió que ustedes están conscientes, que estas semanas de octubre son designadas al Mes del Respeto a la Vida.Como observó recientemente el Papa Francisco, casi todos nuestros … more
I haven’t reported on our parish planning initiative, Making All Things New, for quite a while. The decisions reached, after years of consultation and study, have now been in effect for … more
En mi último artículo, escribí honrando a nuestras famosas escuelas Católicas, animando a nuestros padres a enviar a sus hijos. Me siento apreciado de sus … more
In my last article, I wrote in praise of our renowned Catholic schools, encouraging our parents to send their children to them. I appreciate your feedback. The reason we sometimes have to make the … more
Advent! These four weeks of spiritual preparation for the grand feast of Christmas. (Actually, we only have three weeks-and-one day of Advent this year!)  Let’s try to better understand … more
Let’s talk about something pleasant, shall we? Too often in my column I have to write you on tough issues, bad news, worrisome developments. Not today: Let’s think about … more
The Church has ever looked to the example of the saints for hope and encouragement, as well as heavenly intercession, especially in time of trial. Jesus is, of course, our best model and uniquely … more
I realize I am dating myself, but I remember George Burns, the crusty comedian. One of his lines I enjoyed was, “It’s not that I don’t believe in God. I do! It’s just that … more
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
Shortly after the New Year, I took a personal weekend and flew to Ireland.  While I always cherish a visit to the Emerald Isle, this was not really a “vacation” and I certainly … 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
Poco después del Año Nuevo, tomé un fin de semana personal e hice un viaje a Irlanda. Siempre aprecio una visita a la Isla Esmeralda, pero esto no fue realmente unas “vacaciones” y, … more
Like any other priest, one of the duties I most savor is to hear confessions. We hear a lot of confessions at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and I take my turn as a confessor, usually after my 7 … more
Two dates last week are deserving of attention. Last Saturday, October 5, was the 140th anniversary of the dedication of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Fourteen decades as “America’s … more
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