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On Ash Wednesday I asked a random group of undergrads to name the one thing that would be most difficult to give up for … more
Cardinal Dolan will consecrate the Archdiocese of New York to St. Joseph on the saint’s feast day, Friday, March 19. The consecration will take place during a Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, … 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
Ten years ago, I began a most extraordinary Lent by walking up the Aventine Hill to the Basilica of Santa Sabina on the first day of the Roman station church pilgrimage—an eight-week journey that … more
Sorry to bring it up. If not now, during Lent, when? I’m talking about sin. We Catholics are often criticized as “hung up” on sin, guilt ridden, oppressed, negative, beating ourselves up … more
Hace un par de semanas, justo después de la investidura de nuestro nuevo presidente, fui invitado al agradable programa de radio semanal, “El rabino y el reverendo”, con mis amigos el rabino … more
Los relatos evangélicos no nos han transmitido ni una sola palabra dicha por José, lo cual no deja de llamarnos la atención. Hubiéramos querido tener algunas frases suyas. Muchos se preguntarán … more
Father Brian Shanley, O.P., began his service as president of St. John’s University exactly as the big snowstorm hit New York a couple weeks ago. “I was two for two in snow days,” he … more
A couple of weeks ago, the Church throughout the world celebrated the feast of the conversion of the apostle Paul. I think we are all familiar with the famous account where Paul while on the road to … more
Flannery O’Connor, the American Catholic southern gothic writer, once said, “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” That line has always resonated with me, but … more
I was practically driven to Rome,” Edmonia Lewis told The New York Times in 1878 upon her return to the Manhattan church of the Rev. Henry Highland Garnet. Ms. Lewis said she had been driven away … more
Como hemos escrito en otra columna, los evangelios nos presentan dos genealogías de Jesús. La genealogía de Mateo es descendente: parte de Abraham hasta llegar a Jesús (Cf., Mt 1, 2-16); mientras … more
A couple weeks ago, right after the inauguration of our new president, I was a guest on the enjoyable weekly radio show, “The Rabbi and the Rev,” with my friends Rabbi Joseph Potasnik and the … more
It’s normal for us to hear from pro-life leaders right around the March for Life in Washington, D.C., which coincides with the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. As many readers know, this … more
St. Thomas Aquinas distinguished between two concepts called “acts of humans” as opposed to “human acts.” At first blush this may sound like semantics, but when we understand his reasoning we … more
I’ve never had to write an obituary. I realize how fortunate that makes me. As a professional writer, I’ve imagined what it would be like to write one. Perhaps that’s morbid, but it’s a … more
A wretched year came to a sorrowful end when Father Maciej Zięba, O.P., died in his native Wrocław, Poland, on Dec. 31. The birthplace of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Wrocław was also the home of St. … more
I needed that! Last week, I visited the Father Vincent Capodanno Academy, an excellent Catholic elementary school on Staten Island. While I often happily visit one of our grade or high schools, … more
Como hemos escrito en otra columna, la revelación natural (a través de las cosas creadas) no requiere de la fe, sino que basta la luz natural de la razón para llegar a un conocimiento de Dios como … more
Por qué ¿Ustedes los católicos están tan obsesionados con el aborto?” esto me preguntó un líder político bastante conocido. “Bueno, déjame decirle a usted,” le respondí … more
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