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Can it really be five years since Pope Francis was among us New Yorkers in person at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Madison Square Garden, Central Park, the United Nations, the National Sept. 11 Memorial … more
For our families whose loved ones died during this time of pandemic, we express our heartfelt sympathy and prayers. Our funeral rites are a great consolation and help us to express our love for those … 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
Just imagine for a moment...the headlines and news alerts come out announcing medication to heal those with the coronavirus, and a vaccine to keep us safe from ever contracting it. It’s been … more
Traditionally, Labor Day is a dividing line of sorts in New York, with the lazy days of summer on one side and the opening of schools and parish programs such as religious education on the other. … more
Attending Mass involves a lot of coordination and preparation. It doesn’t begin when we arrive at church, but a good amount of time beforehand. I can well imagine the hectic schedules of … more
An upstate New York church recently asked me if I would do a Zoom talk for their parish book club, which had just finished reading “Walking Together,” my 2010 book on spiritual friendship. They … more
For the last three years I have had the great gift of celebrating Mass every Monday morning for the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal. For the first two years I would go to Our Lady of Guadalupe … more
A couple of weeks ago, I had the joy of visiting Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Benedicta and St. Mary of the Assumption parish on Staten Island. It was a rainy Friday evening, and Father Hernan, the … more
“A nadie deban nada más que el amor” (Rm 13, 8)   E l filósofo E. Kant decía que todo lo que hacemos, para que tenga un sentido ético, debe … more
One of my respected professors in graduate school taught a course called general semantics. Although the title may sound frivolous, the topics he covered were actually quite profound. This discipline … more
In the three weeks since the devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, which leveled entire sections of the city, officials of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) here in their … more
Sobrevivirá, una, santa, Católica y Iglesia Apostólica? Esa es una pregunta que muchos, tanto dentro como fuera de la Iglesia Madre, se proyectan. Hace un par de … more
La Pontificia Academia para la Vida (organismo de la Iglesia Católica fundado por el papa san Juan Pablo II en el año 1998), ha publicado el 22 de julio del presente año 2020 un documento titulado … more
Since we believe that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist, how we receive Him, how we reverence His presence among us, matters a great deal. First and foremost, we receive Him in a state of … more
Throughout the liturgical year the Church sets aside the months of May and October to have a specific focus on the Blessed Virgin Mary. This makes sense as May is a month with Mother’s Day and the … more
The four young women who took a step forward to the novitiate of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal at an investiture ceremony Aug. 2 are seeking “an ever-deepening relationship with God” as … more
Chiara, 15, walked into our family room after a socially distanced bike ride with a friend and wisely observed that just a couple of months ago wearing a mask seemed like such a burden, an unusual … more
Is the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church going to survive? That’s a question many, both inside and outside Mother Church, are posing. A couple days ago, I was enjoying one of my … more
Fifteen years after Richard Louv’s bestseller “The Last Child in the Woods” was published, it is more relevant than ever. I’m fascinated by his insights on the “naturedeficit disorder” … more
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