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It’s spring at last, and my thoughts are turning, naturally, if a bit late, to spring cleaning. Not just the grab-the-mop, go-through-the-closets kind of cleaning, but the spiritual kind as well: … more
Last month, 11 priests were ordained by Cardinal Dolan at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Five are priests of the New York Archdiocese, and six are Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. Catholic New York … more
Recently, I was talking with a friend about books. She knows that I own hundreds of books and that I am reluctant to part with even one. In contrast, she has a relative who does not keep a personal … more
A college student doing research for her senior thesis a few years ago ended up making a book, and also making a great contribution to the pro-life cause. Her work deserves notice, especially as we … more
In two weeks, we will mark the day when the guns of World War I fell silent, the fighting stopped and the Armistice was signed. It happened 100 years ago, on Nov. 11, 1918. Observing that … more
Every year as St. Patrick’s Day approaches, I feel as though I’m floating on a high tide of memories, a tide that swells higher whenever I hear Irish music or see shamrocks or an Irish flag. … more
The evening of the feast of Pentecost brought us to the end of the Easter Season and the beginning of Ordinary Time. I used to wonder what “ordinary time” means; at first glance it seems to mean … more
When I was young, one of my favorite uncles was not even related to me. I didn’t see him often, and he died when I was in my early 20s, but I loved him and I learned a lot from him, not just from … more
October is Respect Life Month, which makes it an especially appropriate time to learn about another threat to human life that has followed on the heels of abortion: physician-assisted suicide. The … more
I love Irish music, and one of my favorite groups is Cherish the Ladies, the internationally acclaimed band of women musicians who play Irish and Celtic music. I knew they were doing their annual … more
Life and death—two of the topics we think about more deeply in Lent—came into sharper focus for me at the very beginning of the Lenten season. That was partly because of the ashes that we … more
Here comes Halloween, with its legions of ghosts, ghouls, witches, bats, spider webs, flickering candles and haunted houses. With all the spooky hoopla, it’s easy to forget that the day originally … more
The school day is beginning a little later for students at some high schools in the United States. According to a couple of articles I saw recently, researchers have found that teens’ sleep … more
I should have known that something was wrong a few Sundays ago when I arrived at my parish church just before noon and saw yellow tape stretched across the side street. It was unusually quiet in … more
I love Advent. I love anticipating and preparing for Christmas, spiritually and every other way. This year it brings a bonus: Advent will last four full weeks. That happens only once every five or … more
This year’s Thanksgiving Day falls on the latest possible date: Nov. 28. We have to wait for it through almost the entire month of November, and that is good preparation for the more important … more
Innocence is one of the qualities most associated with Christmas. We take joy in the innocence of children young enough to watch, wide-eyed and believing, for Santa Claus and his sleigh. Standing … 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
One recent night, there was a light snowfall, and in the morning, the trees wore a graceful covering of white. The tall trunks were dark against the gray-white light of early day, but the … more
Ursuline Sister Beth Dowd loves music. As a teacher many years ago, she brought it into her classroom at the former New Rochelle Catholic Elementary School; in 1977, she founded a choir there. But … more
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