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This one is for the Class of 2020, especially those graduating from the 44 Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of New York. You might notice that the members of the Class of 2020 across the … more
For the past two months, I’ve been receiving emails and private messages from folks who read “Rejoice and Be Glad,” my book of daily reflections for Easter to Pentecost. Although … more
Last Sunday was Pentecost. The three great feasts of the Church’s year are Easter, Christmas, and Pentecost, in that order. Christmas,ord Made Flesh,” God the Son, incarnate in Jesus Christ. … more
During this time of lockdown and quarantine it has been difficult to stay positive and not be discouraged. One of the greatest challenges, in addition to not being able to attend Mass, has been the … more
The nurses kept using the same word. The doctors used it too. Rock star.Anne Giardino, the 99-year-old on the 15th floor, was a rock star among the many COVID-19 patients at Stony Brook Hospital … more
En el primer libro de los Reyes se nos narra la historia de la viuda de Sarepta que compartió su pan con el profeta Elías (Cf., 1Re 17, 7-16). La interpretación del relato se ha centrado … more
What’s happening to us, America? The outrageous killing of George Floyd, a black man, at the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer, and the resulting violent protests that swept cities … more
Priests have many different experiences of fathers. They are the pack mules carrying both the scooter and the exhausted tyke who is too tired to foot-propel that birthday present any farther along … more
There are many reasons that the long pontificate of St. John Paul II—from his election in 1978 to his death in 2005—was an exceptional period for the Church. He was, of course, a pope of many … more
Father Jeffrey Pomeisl’s devotion to the Rosary goes back a long way. He remembers praying decades of Hail Marys on car trips with his parents and six brothers as a youth. During his … 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
As the world and the Church marked the centenary of the birth of Pope St. John Paul II May 18, a kaleidoscope of memories shaped my prayer and reflection that day. John Paul II at his dinner table, … more
We do a lot of worrying these trying days. We’re anxious about our own health, and the well-being of those whom we cherish. Preoccupation about when we’ll “get back to normal,” and if life … more
En el contexto de la epidemia del coronavirus, muchos religiosos y religiosas, sacerdotes y laicos, dedicados al cuidado de los más pobres (proveyéndoles albergue y alimentación, atención médica … more
Each day we battle the human sickness of sin and to protect ourselves from this deadly affliction, we cover our mouths in masks of prayer and we wash our hands of imperfection by confessing our sins. … more
I am watching Mass on the Internet coming from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I really appreciate the Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison, Kyrie Eleison sequence, a reminder of the old Mass. The organ music … more
At Fifth Avenue, between 50th and 51st streets, and right across the street from Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral could hardly occupy a place more at the center of New York City’s … more
Most people like either having control or being in control. It gives us a sense of comfort or assurance that everything is in order or that there is a plan in place that we are following. This idea … more
For my entire life, whenever someone asked me to name my favorite season, I would say, without any hesitation, “fall!” There was something about the colors of the trees, the crispness of … more
It started with the Italians, whose arias rose from the balconies. They were on lockdown, but their voices rang out down empty moonlit streets. Ballads, the national anthem, improvised ditties over … more
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