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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
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
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
Where we begin in the whole sacred process of evangelization is very important! Pope Francis has radiantly reminded us of this, hasn’t he? It’s not helpful to start with what the Church … more
This is the feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross. Our hearts are broken these days, over the suffering of people in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean due to storms and … 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
You will not be surprised, given my girth, that I enjoy conversations with good cooks.  While I’m hardly a chef myself—I can make a cup of tea or a piece of toast—I sure enjoy … more
Somebody has got to do something!” How often, in exasperation, do we sigh or yell out that statement? As we look at the problems, injustices, sorrows, and tragedies that daily hit us in … more
Numbers…measurements…statistics…metrics…percentages…rates…  How our lives seem to be ruled by numbers! I wait anxiously for my blood pressure, my … 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
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