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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 another instance of judging the past by the standards of the present, the statue of Thomas Jefferson is to be removed from the City Council chamber in New York City because Jefferson was a slave … more
I have been watching with concern the news about parents protesting what their children are being taught in school. The parents say that their kids are being indoctrinated with leftist political … more
Being part of something new is a great adventure. Catholic New York was something new, and it has been one of the great adventures of my life. It has shaped and directed my life more than I could … more
When I heard that there was some kind of political trouble in our state capital, my first thought was, “Oh, the Albany follies.” I did not realize right away what kind of folly it was, and how … more
It was a beautiful summer day, but it began with a few glitches and it only got worse. For one thing, it was hot. I don’t like hot weather, and when it’s really hot all I want to do is … more
With extra time on their hands because of the Covid-19 pandemic, some people have decided to declutter their homes and discard what they no longer need. This often means tossing items that have … more
The phone rang as I was getting ready to go to Mass. It was a weekday, not a Sunday, but I didn’t have much time to spare. The call was from my friend Vicki. “I want you to come over and see … 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
It was just a year ago that Covid-19 became big news in the United States and changed our lives. Soon we were wearing masks everywhere and trying to put at least six feet of distance between … more
Last year I celebrated a milestone birthday soon after the coronavirus arrived. My sister had planned a family party, but of course it had to be scrapped. I was disappointed but not undone, and I … more
I have always been intrigued by the journey that Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem just before the birth of Jesus. What was it like to travel the distance from Nazareth to Bethlehem, about 70 miles, … 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
I often watch the television game show “Jeopardy,” and I find that it can be a mental workout, with plenty of questions I can’t answer. So I was delighted one evening when the final question … more
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,” the poet John Keats called this time of the year in his ode “To Autumn.” The words evoke a peaceful scene, a season suited to reflection and grateful … more
I read with sorrow the news that 20 Catholic schools in the New York Archdiocese will close. I understand the reasons. The financial havoc wrought by the pandemic has affected so many people, … more
Our country is ailing. First came coronavirus, and then a different kind of dis-ease: the unspeakably callous killing of George Floyd, the demonstrations and riots that followed, and the protests … more
We’re still wearing masks, we’re still social-distancing, and we don’t know how long it’s going to last. Coronavirus has the world in its grip, and there is no way to predict when it will … more
When Pope Francis prayed alone, and eloquently, in St. Peter’s Square last month for deliverance from the coronavirus pandemic, he read a passage from the Gospel of St. Mark. It was the account … 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
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