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The mood of our beloved country is not good, is it? As I listen to people, I hear more and more observe, “Something is deeply wrong with the world, and with … more
The other day I wished a Jewish friend a blessed Yom Kippur, their holy “day of atonement.” “Thanks,” he replied, “and it seems so obvious that the world sure … more
Last Saturday, February 23, I celebrated the 10th anniversary of my appointment as your archbishop by Pope Benedict XVI. When the papal nuncio at the time, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, called to tell … more
Is still the first week of the first month of the New Year...so, a blessed 2018 to all! I invite you to consider another first: the first day of every Week, Sunday, the Lord’s … more
A blessed Advent Season! We all know that these four weeks (less this year) of Advent offer the invitation to prepare for the coming of Christ. Wait a minute, though! Didn’t Christ … more
  The world seems locked on the TV these days as we watch the Olympics from Rio. We admire these young athletes for both their physical, athletic acumen, and their sense of focus and … more
En general, mi columna no es un lugar para analizar los cambios del personal, pero espero que me permita contarle algo sobre dos decisiones que son particularmente importantes para nuestra … more
Our wonderful principals, teachers, and students already have a week behind them as our renowned Catholic schools get back into session. This is an appropriate moment to welcome all of them back, … more
Are our schools back in “hospice mode”? Have we returned to the “slow amputation” strategy where every year we announce the closing of a few more of our beloved … more
Crises help us recover basics we have ignored. In Catholic life, what is most essential is Jesus, our faith and trust in Him. Basic as well is our sure belief that one of the most powerful ways … more
The national feast of Thanksgiving brings me warm memories...family; prayer, Mass, and food drives for the poor at the parish; grandparents, aunts and uncles now passed onto eternity; two free days … more
Tal vez fue mi visita a mi casa para el cuatro de julio. Observé con admiración a mis dos hermanas que sonrían a sus nietos, tan felices de tenerlos a su alrededor, tan contentos … more
La fiesta nacional de Acción de Gracias me trae cálidos recuerdos...familia, oración, misa y comida para los pobres de la parroquia; abuelos, tías y tíos pasaron a … more
Maybe it was my visit home for the Fourth of July. I watched with admiration as my two sisters beamed over their grandchildren, so happy to have them crowding around, so jolly as they ran, played, … more
February brings a lot of anniversaries for me. The 6th was, in Jack Benny’s vocabulary, the 29th anniversary of my 39th birthday; the 18th of this usually dreary month was my 6th … more
Las crisis nos ayudan recuperar lo básico que hemos ignorado. En la vida Católica, lo más esencial es Jesús, nuestra fe y confianza en Él. Básico es … more
It’s bleak out there, folks! I mean it’s dark outside, these short days at the height of winter. It’s slowly improving, though, can you tell? This Sunday, February 2nd, is … more
Last weekend I had the privilege of hosting a brother bishop, Bashar Warda, the Archbishop of Arbil, in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq. What an address! Yes, you heard me right: A Catholic bishop from … 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
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
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