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Advent in our modern world has long been behind the cultural eight ball. It’s a season of waiting in a world of instant gratification, a season of quiet anticipation in a world of noisy … more
Synchronicity. That’s the word one journalist used in a Nov. 3 Instagram post to describe the fact that Election Day fell on the feast day of St. Martin de Porres, the patron saint of social … more
The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Ludwig von Beethoven’s birth. Although the exact date of his birth is not known, he was baptized into the Catholic faith on Dec. 17, 1770, and … more
Waiting...one of the most frustrating exercises in our human condition.Wait we must...in traffic, in line at the store, for the results of a test, for the stew to be done, for a live voice to come on … more
El cristianismo es siempre un mensaje de esperanza basada en las promesas de Dios: esperamos “cielos nuevos y tierra nueva” (Cf., Is 65, 17; 2Pe 3, 13; Ap 21, 1). Se trata de una esperanza … more
“I want to go with Sissy and Margot,” asserted their overly adventurous underage sister. “No,” replied mom and dad in unison. Four-year-old Terry had learned that whenever her parents were … more
I caught up with Deacon Kevin Panameño in the chapel of St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, shortly after he and eight classmates were ordained to the transitional diaconate Nov. 7. He was sharing … more
November traditionally has been dedicated to praying for our deceased brothers and sisters. This flows from the fact that the month begins with All Saints Day Nov. 1. and All Souls Day Nov. 2. In … more
I stopped at my parish church one bright afternoon recently to pray for a while and rest in the silence. As I entered the church, I pulled off my sunglasses to see more clearly in the softer … more
Can you come in?” My grandma’s favorite question is one we now discourage her from uttering. The impulse to swing open her door and her arms, honed over nine decades and … more
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: There are many exemplars of the cardinal virtue of courage in the Catholic Church today: Catholics in Hong Kong who risk their lives and livelihoods in defense … more
The following quote is attributed to Jackie Kennedy, who observed “Mother Church is at her best when she welcomes a baby at baptism, or bids someone farewell at a funeral.”Quite a … more
Los cristianos profesamos que Jesucristo es verdadero Dios y verdadero hombre, en todo igual a nosotros, menos en el pecado. En Cristo subsiste una sola persona (la segunda persona de la Santísimo … more
You may be surprised to know there are seven new priests of the Archdiocese of New York. No, the cause was not a rescheduled Mass of ordination. The seven new priests actually have been serving … more
When I was leaving my gynecologist’s office recently, I exited the building with a younger couple leaving the same practice. I guessed that they likely were there for a pregnancy checkup and … more
Last Saturday, “All Hallows Eve,” October 31, was a day of grace!I had the honor and joy, with hundreds of others—the crowd would have been tens of thousands were it not for the … more
El Evangelio de Marcos, es el único de los evangelistas que recoge una muy corta parábola del Reino de Dios (de solo cuatro versículos), conocida como la parábola de la semilla que crece por sí … more
Ninety percent of all human communication takes place from the neck up. The remaining 10 percent consists mostly of body language below our collarbone, which includes our often-taken-for-granted … more
When Father Michael McGivney is beatified on Saturday, Oct. 31, at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hartford, Conn., it will be a signal honor for the Knights of Columbus, which he founded in 1882, as … more
Great Britain’s parliamentary democracy has no constitutional text, but rather a “constitution” composed of centuries of legal traditions and precedents. So when British courts make grave … more
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