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As churches across the archdiocese reopened to the public for Masses last month, it’s no secret that parishioners did not flock back in their pre-coronavirus numbers in the initial Sundays. Even if … 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
In the middle of the somberness of continuing COVID challenges, and the distressing tension on our beloved city’s streets, “Let there be light!” I’ve got two occasions of … more
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
La tolerancia se funda en la verdad y en el respecto al otro, en su reconocimiento como persona humana. Esa tolerancia facilita la convivencia social. Todos los ciudadanos aspiramos a una sociedad … more
Last week marked a return to 1011, as the New York Catholic Center, the archdiocesan headquarters at 1011 First Ave. in Manhattan is known to just about everyone who works here. I had not been on the … more
A little more than five years ago, I stood on land owned by distant DeTurris relatives in Massa Lubrense, Italy, the birthplace of my paternal grandfather, and looked out at the Isle of Capri in the … more
It is something I have done thousands of times over the last 11 years of priesthood. Walking out of the sacristy and into the sanctuary to begin the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It can become routine … more
This year’s Independence Day weekend was marked by an egalitarian moment of victory in a media revolution that has been taking place for more than a decade. That moment was when Disney+ made … more
I’d heard about Father Alexander Sherbrooke long before we met in June 2011; Father Sherbrooke had been a mentor for young friends of mine who had worked at St. Patrick’s Church in London … more
Last time, I shared with you some wisdom I had picked up over the last rough three-and-a-half months of quarantine and worry. That exercise prompted me to reflect even more, and additions came to … more
La pandemia del coronavirus nos ha mostrado innumerables escenas de dolor y muerte, pero también hermosos y conmovedores ejemplos en los cuales se muestra la grandeza del ser humano capaz de dar la … more
La última vez, compartí con ustedes un poco de sabiduría que había adquirido durante los últimos tres meses y medio de la cuarentena y de las preocupaciones. Ese ejercicio me llevó a … 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
Father Luis M. Silva Cervantes had it all planned. May 23 was marked on a countdown app on his phone for months. After his transitional diaconate ordination, he started to make a list of guests for … 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 will be chatting about it for a long, long time. Our kids and grandkids will ask us about the dreaded COVID-19 plague.It’s not over yet, I realize. But it’s not too premature to ponder … more
En el conocido relato de la tempestad calmada (Cf., Mc 4, 35-41), los discípulos le increpan a Jesús: “Maestro, ¿No te importa que perezcamos”? (Mc 4, 38) Aquellos hombres habían bregado … more
Hablaremos sobre ello durante mucho, mucho tiempo. Nuestros hijos y nietos nos preguntarán sobre la temida plaga del COVID-19.Aún no ha terminado, me doy cuenta. Pero no es demasiado … 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
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