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The older I get, the more I want to be new. I know I sound like a commercial, but it’s true.  Whether it’s cyclical such as a New Year’s Eve resolution or it’s sacramental such as baptism … more
It would indeed be a narrow perspective if one were to say that the Synod of Bishops for the Transmission of the Gospel in the New Evangelization began on Oct. 11 and ended on Oct. 28. … more
In the last issue, we introduced the topic of moral conscience, tried to dispel some unfortunate misconceptions, and then explored the Catechism’s definition of conscience.  We continue now … more
Allow me to raise a topic that makes us at least a little uncomfortable at times—let’s talk about conscience.  It’s almost always a challenge to confront the voice of … more
I had a great birthday this year. On the morning of May 25, after a much delayed midnight flight from New York to Santo Domingo and two hours of sleep, I trekked to an apparel factory in the town of Villa Altagracia about 45 minutes outside of the capital. “Sweatshop” is often the term that comes to mind when we think about such garment factories. “Exploited” is a word commonly used to describe the “sweatshop” workers who make our ubiquitous t-shirts, baseball caps, and other higher fashion items. However, these terms do not apply to this garment factory called Alta Gracia Apparel. Quite the contrary. more
Beneath the soaring, vaulted roof of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, generations of my family have passed through some of the most significant events of their lives. With great interest, I read about the … more
When Christ came among us to share our lot as human beings, he could have chosen for himself any position, any title, any job. Of course, he came as the son of a blue-collar, working-class … more
It is 9 a.m. Sunday morning and my wife and I just issued the second of three “wake-up” calls to our 17-year-old son. Mass is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and his attendance is not an option. I muddle through one last household chore and hope patiently that I will see him come down the stairs dressed and ready to depart. more
"Come to Mass in the Lord's house on the Lord's day." more
Catholic prisoners at the maximum security Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville were given a heartwarming gift last month. They received a pastoral visit from Archbishop Dolan one week … more