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When Oprah Winfrey was first asked the question, the talk-show queen was left tongue-tied. She was doing a live television interview with the late film critic Gene Siskel to promote her film … more
When we returned from a weeklong family trip to Rome, several friends asked me to name the one monumental moment from the trip, the standout thing that made the visit. Was it seeing our son, Noah, … more
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
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
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
El papa Francisco ha publicado, con fecha 19 de marzo de 2018, su tercera Exhortación Apostólica, con el título Gaudete et Exsultate (“Alégrense y regocíjense”). ¿Cuál es el propósito de … more
I always welcome the month of April with joy and watch it depart with regret, for several reasons. It’s the month when Easter usually occurs, and I love the Easter season. It’s also when spring … more
  Continued blessings this Easter season! Today, I want to write about a few matters: First, renewed congratulations to our new Catholics who entered the Church on Holy Saturday! … more
One of the facets of employment is attending regular meetings. Some meetings are rather routine, such as the editorial meetings we hold near the start of each two-week production cycle to begin … more
En muchos pasajes del Nuevo Testamento, sobre todo en los evangelios de Mateo y Juan, se nos presentan episodios de la vida de Jesús (antes de su nacimiento, de la infancia, su vida pública, así … more
A few weeks ago, I took my daughter, Olivia, to see a production of “Les Miserables” in a beautiful old theater not far from our home. The show had been a favorite of mine back in the 1980s, when … more
Erica Tighe was 26 when she made the leap: She would set out on her own to be a calligrapher. Full time. In order to pay her $800 rent and cellphone bill and $1,000 college-loan payment and also … more
It is almost always the first question asked when I tell people I am the vocations director for the Archdiocese: “How many guys do you have?” This could refer to a variety of different possibilities: How many are enrolled in seminary? How many will be ordained? How many am I currently working with who are seriously discerning? People ask this because there is a genuine concern about the number of men who are in active ministry and those who will soon join them. Our people see their priests doing more with less resources and are worried about what this will mean for the future and our access to God’s saving work in the sacraments. It can at times be discouraging or frustrating when we do not see the results that we would like. In the midst of this concern, there are signs of hope as well. more
Our annual celebration of Easter can bring with it many references to stones. This year is no different. In fact, there is more rock-talk being tossed about these days, not less. And some of it is … more
Spring seems to be fighting to arrive! Winter still seems to have us in its death grip. Please God, by the time you read this, it will be warm, bright, and green. Spring will have conquered! more
  The following is the homily Cardinal Dolan delivered at the Funeral Mass for Lt. Michael Davidson in St. Patrick’s Cathedral March 27. This funeral Mass is about two … more
The latest Nor’easter of the season could have eclipsed the Momentum Gala that Students for Life of America had planned at Edison Hall in Manhattan. After all, the snow started falling in the … more
Según el Evangelio, después de los acontecimientos del Viernes Santo, algunos discípulos huyeron de Jerusalén atemorizados, con sus esperanzas rotas, pensando que la historia de Jesús de Nazaret … more
A commercial for a credit card company asks: “What’s in your wallet?” It’s a good thing no one asked me that question the other day. In my continuing effort to declutter and discard, I … more
Is nothing less than a miracle... Saturday night I offered Mass for the new parish of St. John Bosco in Port Chester. Sure, every Mass is a miracle, but that’s not the one I want to write … more
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