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A Scratch-And-Sniff Stamp for an Ailing Business

The numbers don’t look good for the U.S. Postal Service. Last year it reported its sixth straight annual operating loss, in the amount of $2.7 billion. During fiscal year 2017, the USPS delivered … more

Bishop Dominick Lagonegro Retiring With Joy in His Heart

Pope Francis this week accepted the resignation of New York Auxiliary Bishop Dominick J. Lagonegro, who most recently has served as episcopal vicar of Orange, Sullivan, Ulster and Rockland … more

A Freedom Too Far

Which of our many liberties do we value most? What are some ways we can remind ourselves to thank God each day that we live in this land of the free? Americans embody independence. In fact, … more

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

An Inhumane Policy That Must Stop

For once, we hope this editorial will be outdated by the time you read it. The topic is the horrendous policy implemented in recent weeks by the Trump administration to separate thousands of … 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

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

Feet First in a Journey to God

If eyes are the windows to the soul, I think feet may be the doorway to all understanding. That revelation came to me recently when I was in the front pew of my parish church in upstate New York. I … more

Oh, Susanna! The Poetry and Pro-life Power of Baby Names

The big news from the Social Security Administration is the ousting of a champion: Liam has dethroned Noah as the nation’s most popular boy name. That was the headline of its newly released … 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

Go Ahead and Laugh, It’s Good for You

I love to laugh, and it’s no wonder. I grew up in a family that had an unwritten rule: Don’t say anything straight if you can say it funny. My father was the ringleader when it came to humor, and … more
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