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(Last week I had the honor of addressing the midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. While I guess I was supposed to inspire them—and hope I did a bit—these young women and men … more
Everyone seems to lament the divisiveness in our society today—in politics, culture, schools, even within our beloved Church. One thing that seems to unite all sides is the worry that our world … more
La fecha de publicación del último número de Catholic New York resultó ser el 7 de octubre, que es la Fiesta del Santo Rosario.Cuanto más envejezco, ¡y te … more
The publication date of this issue of Catholic New York happens to be October 7, which is the Feast of the Holy Rosary. The older I get— and I’m catching up with you!—the more I depend on … more
My last column covered the opening of the year for our Catholic schools, which was healthy, safe, and encouraging, to no one’s surprise, since we did likewise a year ago. Back then it was a big … more
En mi última columna cubrió la apertura del año para nuestras escuelas católicas, que fue saludable, segura, y alentadora, y para nadie fue una sorpresa, ya que hicimos lo mismo hace un año. En … more
It’s time for uniforms, backpacks, books, laptops, peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches, and masks! Yes, it’s back-to-school! A blessed fresh academic year to our students, teachers, principals, … more
"Oh, for the good old days!” Do you say that a lot? I admit I sure do. In the midst of all the troubles in the world—the devastation in Haiti, the violence in Afghanistan, the despair of … more
I’m going to make an example out of you!” Usually, hearing those words, we figure someone is in big trouble. The one uttering those words, most of the time through clenched teeth, wants to … more
I hope I’m not all by myself in my deep concern about a number of troubling issues around the world. Of course, I acknowledge that Jesus consoled us “not to be afraid,” and … more
Did you see that Pope Francis has designated Saints Joachim and Ann, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as “patrons of grandparents?” Bravo, Holy Father! No surprise, as you have so often … more
Este año, el Día de la Independencia, el 4 de julio, fue un domingo. ¡Bien! ¡Podemos alabar a Dios por nuestra libertad y nuestro amado país mucho mejor en la Misa Dominical! Podemos … more
This year, Independence Day, the fourth of July, is on a Sunday.Good! We can praise God for our freedom and our beloved country all the better at Sunday Mass!We can recall the observation of Billy … more
Since Pentecost Sunday almost a month ago, our Catholic calendar has been full of moving feasts. I’m thinking of Trinity Sunday, a week after Pentecost; Corpus Christi, the following Sunday; the … more
Recientemente tuve un sábado muy agradable. Primero, camino a la parroquia de Santa Columba en Chester para bendecir la expansión de su cementerio y su nuevo patio de juegos, ambos logrados a … more
A week or so ago, I had a very pleasant Saturday. First, way up to St. Columba Parish in Chester to bless the expansion of their cemetery, and their new playground—both accomplished through Renew … more
It’s a wonderful season in nature, is it not? Warm breezes, May sunshine, growing leaves, gardens, and grass—unless you’re like me, sneezing with allergies! Plus, it’s a wonderful season … more
Este pasado fin de semana tuve la alegría de regresar a casa en San Louis — finalmente, para ver a mi madre y a la familia — para ser parte de la Primera Comunión de mi sobrino nieto, Charlie … more
Last weekend I had the joy of returning home to St. Louis—finally, to see mom and the family—and being part of the First Holy Communion of my grandnephew, Charlie Grissom. I had the honor … more
I trust you have not forgotten that Pope Francis has declared this the Year of St. Joseph. We sure need his example and intercession. We sure need him to bring us closer to Jesus and Mary.His big … more
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