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You cannot serve God and gold (Matt 6:24).  In this translation, the word gold is an acceptable substitute for mammon since most folks have no idea what the word mammon means. New Testament … more
Coming back to Manhattan from last Friday’s March for Life in Washington, D.C., our bus captain, Sister Mary Margaret Hope, S.V., called for short testimonies of “graces” that her fellow riders … more
With the end of the Christmas season a few weeks ago, we returned, liturgically speaking, to Ordinary Time. I know that some Catholics are puzzled by the term, so I asked a faithful and faith-filled … more
The latest book by Sam Usher stopped me in my tracks. I’ve devoured the children’s books brilliantly illustrated by this Chicago dad, and the title of his new release immediately drew me in: “A … more
“Our Catholic Schools are the best thing we got going!” With very rare exceptions, friend and foe of the Church agree: when it comes to education—grade schools, high schools, and … more
While history is always full of surprises, including happy ones, I must confess that I’m not full of Pentecostal joy as I consider the next 12 months. World politics are likely to be grim. … more
Ten paciencia conmigo, pero... ¡sigo con el espíritu Navideño! ¡Tal vez no estoy solo aquí! Técnicamente, la temporada Navideña se extiende hasta la Fiesta del Bautismo del Señor. En algunos … more
Uno de los títulos aplicados a Jesús en su vida terrena es el de “Profeta”. Jesús no se aplica así mismo este título, sino que es la gente quien lo utiliza. La Samaritana dice de Jesús: … more
Linda Mele Dougherty said she is old enough to remember when many Catholics identified where they lived by their parish affiliation. In her family’s case, the parish was Our Lady of Mercy in Forest … more
Hanging on my office door is an image of St. Joan of Arc in all her courageous glory, with a version of her famous quote: “I am not afraid. I was born to do this.” It has been my mantra for more … more
Be patient with me, but...I’m still in the Christmas spirit! Maybe I’m not all by myself here! Technically, the Christmas season extends to the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which was just … more
El prólogo del Evangelio de Juan comienza remitiéndonos a los orígenes del mundo, al mismo relato de la creación: “En el principio existía la Palabra y la palabra estaba con Dios…” (Jn … more
This month, Cardinal Dolan visited formerly incarcerated men now living at Ignacio House in the Bronx, where they’re transforming their lives as they pursue college studies in a supportive … more
Emily Hannon was surprised by the children’s clothes she saw at big-box stores and popular websites when she became a mom. And not in a good way. Obnoxious graphics, offensive messages, neon … more
Do you remember the expression: those folks are of no account? This means the people being referred to have very little importance, significance or worth as far as the speaker is concerned. In other … more
I reckon those of you reading this are doing so on New Year’s weekend. So, first of all, a blessed 2022! And, second, do you mind a few New Year’s resolutions? You know that we, your … more
En este año litúrgico, en que corresponde la meditación del Evangelio de Lucas, en ocasión de la celebración de esta navidad, conviene reflexionar sobre algunos aspectos de la teología de este … more
My mother, Mary L. Woods, died at her Long Island home during the first week of Advent. She slipped away peacefully in her sleep the morning of Dec. 2 at age 88. Mom had battled a progressive … more
Recently I happened to drive past the house where one of my closest childhood friends had lived. I spent many hours at that house, and the people I met there not only offered me kindness and … more
In July 2016, as we were sitting on the fantail of the Swiss sidewheeler Rhone while she chugged across Lake Geneva, my host pointed out the city of Lausanne, where a massive, glass-bedecked … more
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