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When was the last time we considered how well we relate to the members of our family? In particular, how compatible are we with our brothers and sisters? Are we close, available only in emergencies, … more
This month, Americans celebrate the 244th anniversary of our freedom. So, this is the perfect time to recall exactly what our forebears fought for. They did not shed their blood so that we could be … 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
After COVID-19, will we employees who worked remotely want to return to our previous environment or will we prefer to continue working from home? More importantly, does our attitude toward work draw … 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
Jeffrey Adams, a college seminarian, was eager to learn everything … more
How often do we hear those “becoming” admonitions? We will become what we eat, so we better pay attention to our nutritional intake. Or we will become what we think about, so we better watch … more
Most newborns come into the world topsy-turvy; literally downside-up. Although members of the medical staff are quick to upright all infants' orientation as soon as they're delivered, for … more
George was a three-and-a-half-year-old inquisitive half-pint. When his parents brought him to church, he had to clench his tiny fists atop the backrest of the pew in front of him and stand on tippy … more
Our Catholic faith encourages us to praise, to admire, and above all to try our best to imitate the great saints and souls who have gone before us. November 1 and 2 are two days of the year when we … more
Have you ever heard someone say many young people today do not show enough respect for their elders? Have you ever heard senior citizens say, “Back in my day…” when launching a diatribe against … more
Why was the prophet Jeremiah left in a cistern to die in 630 B.C.? In modern parlance, his accusers would say because he was a stick-in-the-mud. He wouldn't keep up with the times. His values ran … more
Do you remember the very first time you were duped into thinking something was real when it wasn't? Can you recall an incident when you believed people were being honest with you, only to … more
There are two times in a child's life when the desire for autonomy is especially prominent. The first is when an infant becomes a toddler and the second is when the hormones of puberty emerge. … more
If we had to pick one lesson, virtue or skill that fathers should teach their children, what would that be? What proficiencies did St. Joseph, the guardian of the Holy Family and the foster father of … more
Many of the vigil lights in Catholic churches today are electric. No doubt the fire departments and insurance companies are … more
Sometimes, it is easy to tell when a child is old enough to receive the Sacred Eucharist at Mass. Other times, it's not. Usually, when parents with an offspring who has not received First Communion … more
What was the purpose of the Catholic parish 80 years ago? Eighty years ago, we knew which parish we belonged to by our street address. Technically this is still the case today although some … more
This semester I am teaching Theological Anthropology, an online class with an enrollment of 50 undergraduates. The goal of the course is to explore what it means to be truly human in relation to God … more
Not New Year's resolutions but New Year's restitutions. What are these restitutions and why are they better than resolutions?    To begin with, we all know that when it comes to New … more
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