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Jackie Kennedy once commented, “The Church may have flaws, but she sure comes through at birth and death.” I’ll take that compliment! November is the month Holy Mother … more
Last weekend’s newspapers, and reports on TV and radio, understandably had a lot on dads, since Sunday was Fathers’ Day. Was it just me, though, or were there more stories than usual … more
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to observe that the saddest person is the one without gratitude, the one who feels he/she has nothing for which to thank God or somebody else. We Americans would … more
Like most of you, I enjoy it when I hear or read an observation that I’ve held for a long time. That’s why I nodded in agreement as I read an enlightening article by Erika Andersen in … more
A blessed New Year! One of the many gifts the Lord lavishes upon us, so obvious at the start of a fresh calendar, is the chance to begin all over again. “Regrets? We’ve had a few, … more
Son momentos difíciles, mi buena gente, una Semana Santa “incorporada,”  ya que todos estamos cerca a Jesús en Su hora de agonía y muerte en la cruz. Aquellos … more
This glorious Easter Season often presents to us daily Mass readings from the Acts of the Apostles, that inspired book of the New Testament, written by St. Luke, often called, “The Fifth … more
Bendiciones Navideñas, querida familia de la Iglesia en la Arquidiócesis de Nueva York! A menudo me preguntan qué considero como puntales, o lecciones, de esta temporada … more
Dear friends in the Lord: As we begin this Lenten Season, in which we reflect on the passion, death, and resurrection of Our Lord, I offer this reflection on our own deaths and resurrections, and … more
So many of our priests, deacons, women and men religious—as well as married couples—are celebrating anniversaries these happy weeks. Congratulations! Just last Sunday I celebrated my … more
While we Catholics believe that a church building is certainly not The Church, we still take the building very seriously. more
Yes, I know that the classical, popular devotion, the Via Crucis—reverently accompanying Jesus on His tortured journey from unjust condemnation by Pontius Pilate, to His repose in the arms of … more
Among other titles—the month of the Holy Rosary, the month of the missions—the thirty-one days beginning Tuesday are Respect Life Month. To protect the dignity of the human person, and … more
Entre otros títulos, el mes del Santo Rosario, el mes de las misiones, los treinta y un días que comienza el martes son parte del Mes de Respeto a la Vida. Proteger la dignidad de la persona … more
Pardon me, but I’m a little bit nervous. Next week I’m being called into the principal’s office! Sunday, along with the bishops of New York State, I’ll be in Rome for … more
Sí, sé que la devoción clásica popular del Vía Crucis, de acompañar con reverencia a Jesús en su tortuoso viaje desde su injusta condena por parte de … more
The passing of George H.W. Bush, our forty-first president, has moved me. I’ve always admired him. While working at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, I got to meet him a number of times, … more
You will not be surprised, given my girth, that I enjoy conversations with good cooks.  While I’m hardly a chef myself—I can make a cup of tea or a piece of toast—I sure enjoy … 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
Do you like standing in line? I guess that depends on what we’re standing in line for! I don’t mind standing in line for a Shake Shack hamburger (except on the Fridays of Lent!), or to … more
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