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It was a joy for many to be together in church for Holy Week and Easter this year. Considering that the best we could do was watch on television last year, we no longer take gathering together for … more
One of the most beautiful aspects of the Easter season is the celebration of the sacraments of initiation. It is a highlight of the Easter Vigil welcoming new believers at the font for Baptism or … more
One of the great joys—and occasional challenges—of being a writer is getting letters from readers via email, social media and even snail mail. Those messages often lift my spirits and … more
There are echoes of Romeo and Juliet, but the ending is happier. This story of forbidden love took place long ago on a Mediterranean island—1870s Sicily, to be exact. Elizabeth Lagudice was a … more
As the names Ambrose, Augustine, Athanasius and John Chrysostom suggest, the middle centuries of the first millennium, the era of the Church Fathers, were the golden age of the Catholic episcopate. … more
Como es de conocimiento público, el papa Francisco ha declarado, en el ámbito eclesial de la Iglesia universal, el presente año 2021 como “Año de san José”, al cumplirse los ciento cincuenta … more
God told us, “Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day!”For two millennia, we Catholics have believed that we best keep Holy the Lord’s Day by Sunday Mass!Yes, for the last year, … more
The greatest feast day in the Catholic Church is not Christmas, not Three Kings, and, although some might wish otherwise, not even St. Patrick’s Day. No, the three highest Holy Days in the Church … more
When Libby Giordano was approached to become involved as weekly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament began at Iona Prep in New Rochelle on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12, 2019, she … more
As we enter Holy Week, it seems as though we are more ready for it this year, and more open to its meaning. We are in Covid time; we have seen and borne suffering. We are isolated by sickness or … more
Feast of Saint JosephMarch 19, 2021Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,In announcing a year of Saint Joseph, Pope Francis shared that he has been offering this prayer to the foster father of Jesus … more
Estando ad portas de celebrar la semana santa (que se inicia con el Domingo de Ramos), que tiene como centro el Triduo Pascual (Pasión, muerte y resurrección de Jesús), reflexionaremos sobre el … more
Fiesta de San José 19 de marzo del 2021 Estimados Hermanos y Hermanas en Cristo, Al anunciar un año de San José, el Papa Francisco compartió que ha estado ofreciendo esta oración al … more
We now know just how far Pope Francis is willing to go on behalf of a beleaguered Christian community that has endured much suffering and displacement in its recent history. After being grounded … more
The editor of the Albany diocesan newspaper came into my office recently and asked if I wanted to share a memory of an experience with a religious sister for National Catholic Sisters Week in March. … more
As we continue through the season of Lent, our minds turn back to the events of a year ago and the beginning of the pandemic. Churches closed, schools all remote and social gatherings suspended. A … more
Freedom! We hear that word a lot these days. Actually, we humans have been hearing a lot about it since the Garden of Eden! Freedom! It’s a special, cherished, almost sacred word … more
Dr. Seuss’ fourth book was published in 1940 and met with critical acclaim. It features an elephant whose large ears and long trunk provided the ideal infrastructure for the artist’s distinct … more
Como es de conocimiento público, el papa Francisco ha declarado, en el ámbito eclesial de la Iglesia universal, el presente año 2021 como “Año de san José”, al cumplirse los ciento cincuenta … more
On Ash Wednesday I asked a random group of undergrads to name the one thing that would be most difficult to give up for … more
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