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Faith of Our Fathers

Last weekend’s newspapers, and reports on TV and radio, understandably had a lot on dads, since Sunday was Fathers’ Day. Was it just me, though, or were there more stories than usual … more

Perfect Spot for a Reunion Of a Belize High School

When Sandra Pou Pulliam first contacted Catholic New York about her 50-year high school reunion, she suggested taking out an advertisement. Colleagues in our advertising department felt she might be … more

Jesús Sana Nuestras Dolencias

En el Evangelio se nos dice que Jesús “recorría toda Galilea, enseñando en sus sinagogas, proclamando la Buena Nueva del Reino y curando toda enfermedad y toda dolencia en el pueblo. Su fama … more

Reflections on Tragedy

The recent suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and chef and author Anthony Bourdain shocked many of us and made us ponder why they chose to end their lives. Of course, suicide is always troubling … more

Grace Under Pressure

A chapter in a remarkable American and Catholic life closed on June 6, when Abbot Thomas Frerking, O.S.B., concluded more than two decades of service as leader of the monastic community at St. Louis … more

I Am a Witness to Jesus Christ Through Sports

Seventh-grader Amy Zocchi of St. Peter School in Poughkeepsie is the winner of this year’s Catholic Education Night essay contest. The topic was, “How Can I Be a Witness for Christ When I … more

Opportunities for Discernment

Recently, I received an email from a young woman who is discerning religious life. She wanted to know the possibilities available in the archdiocese for someone who is thinking about becoming a … more

Gracia y Mérito

La Iglesia siembre ha enseñado que la salvación es una gracia absolutamente gratuita. En virtud de los méritos del sacrificio redentor de Cristo obrado en la cruz, somos justificados en el … more

His Heart Is All That Matters

We all wonder about it at one time or another! What’s at the core of the universe? What is at the very foundation of existence? What power makes the world tick? Those of us fortunate … more

Still Right at Home at a St. John’s Commencement

Until a couple of weeks ago, I never had the occasion to return for commencement exercises at my alma mater, St. John’s University, where I am a proud member of the class of 1985. That may seem a … more

Still in Need of Dad

Many motels in the United States offer motorists a free breakfast with each night's stay. The managers of a Comfort Inn in Florida provided a delicious example of this morning fare during my recent … more

Facing the Stigma of Mental Illness

Here’s an important word in the Catholic lexicon: holistic. When looking at the miracle, the work of art that we call the human person, we take in the whole: body, mind, and soul. This is … more

Priests Find Keys to Better Preaching May Be as Close as Fellow Priests

Father Stephen Norton, the pastor of St. Benedict parish in the Bronx, was preaching a couple of weeks ago on the Sixth Sunday of Easter from John’s Gospel. (“I am the vine, you are the … more

Libertad y Gracia

El semipelagianismo, como hemos señalado en otra columna, se expresa en ciertas actitudes o comportamientos, en teorías psicológicas que exaltan la capacidad del hombre para su auto realización, … more

A New Feast for Mary’s Month

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

Renounce the World to Save the World

A few months ago, I was having dinner with several of those I am working with who are discerning the priesthood. These gatherings are great opportunities for me to get to know the men and give … more

El Peligro del Neo-gnosticismo y El Neo-pelagianismo

En varias ocasiones el papa Francisco ha aludido al peligro que representa actualmente ciertas tendencias neo-gnósticas y neo-pelagianas. El Papa no pretende con esto hablar ex catedra (haciendo uso … more

Losing a Note for Moms—the Burdensome Virtue of Caring

The etymology of the word “care” includes the concept of bearing a “burden.” The phrase “not having a care in the world” comes to mind. Someone who is “care free” has no burdens to … more

Our Catholic Sense of Vocation

You may remember the somber event that occurred in the days prior to Holy Week, when Firefighter Michael Davidson died in the line of duty battling a blaze in Harlem. The entire city grieved, and … more

Notre Dame Chose Very Well

The University of Notre Dame sure knows how to pick ’em. Last week, it selected two of the archdiocese’s finest for alumni honors. Joe Delaney received Notre Dame Alumni Association’s … more
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