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Una de las afirmaciones más claras del Antiguo Testamento es la bondad y la misericordia de Dios: “El Señor es compasivo y misericordioso” (Sal 102, 8; Cf., también: Ex 34, 6, Ez 18, 23; 33, … more
After attending public schools on the Upper West Side of New York City, Joshua Lederberg entered the college of physicians and surgeons at Columbia and went on to receive a doctorate in microbiology … more
One of the unwritten rules I have always tried to observe as a Catholic journalist is shying away from asking priests for interviews on Sundays, for obvious reasons. We are living in different times … more
The older I get, the more I like to tackle things I probably have no business tackling. In the course of the past 10 years, I’ve done everything from tennis lessons (I was never much of an … more
As we draw nearer to Holy Week, I’m thinking of one of the most poignant events in the story of our salvation: the Agony in the Garden. It marks the beginning of the Passion and death … more
Crises help us recover basics we have ignored. In Catholic life, what is most essential is Jesus, our faith and trust in Him. Basic as well is our sure belief that one of the most powerful ways … more
Las crisis nos ayudan recuperar lo básico que hemos ignorado. En la vida Católica, lo más esencial es Jesús, nuestra fe y confianza en Él. Básico es … more
En muchos discursos y documentos eclesiales el papa Francisco ha insistido en la necesidad de la Iglesia de escuchar el clamor de los pobres y hacerse cargo de ellos; pero, también ha manifestado, … more
Last week, I had a phone interview with Julianne Stanz shortly before she led a professional enrichment day for 150 people at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, on “How to Reach the … more
Recently I was at a young adult gathering and the topic of celibacy was on the forefront of many people’s minds since it has been covered in the press regarding the Amazon synod and the document … more
There comes a moment when something clicks. At a book club or a Bible study. In a carpool circle or a coffee shop. A connection is made, and a gathering turns into a group, taking on a life of its … more
El título de esta columna está tomado de la expresión del papa Francisco en su homilía durante la misa del Miércoles de Ceniza 2020. La Cuaresma—nos dice el Papa—“no es el tiempo para … more
Two weeks ago, Ash Wednesday, February 26, I celebrated evening Mass at Our Lady of Victory Parish down in the financial district. The Church was full, the choir superb, the Eucharist reverent and … more
In the mid-1990s, a gifted Newsday reporter named Bob Keeler won a Pulitzer Prize for an in-depth series of articles about St. Brigid’s parish in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Back then, I … more
Jeffrey Adams, a college seminarian, was eager to learn everything … more
Everyone has his or her own story. Our history, family, faith, environment—all of it combines to create a background story that runs through … more
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On the elevator at work one day, I chatted with a woman who was the only other person onboard. Both of us remarked that we were looking forward to … more
Seventy-five years ago, on Jan. 27, 1945, the infantrymen of the Red Army’s 322nd Rifle Division were bludgeoning their way into the Third Reich when they discovered the Auschwitz-Birkenau … more
In his book “What is Art?” Leo Tolstoy wrote, “The business of art lies just in this,—to make that understood and felt which, in the form of an argument, might be incomprehensible and … more
Remember! A loaded word in our vocabulary, one laden with substance. Chatting with people my own age—I just turned seventy—and beyond, I often hear them whisper with apprehension, … more
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