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It’s not often I find myself in a beautiful Central Park West apartment with terrace views overlooking the trees and ball fields across the street. But there’s a first time for everything, and … more
September always feels like the start of a new year to me, much more so than Jan. 1 ever does. It must be the perennial student in me. I can’t even resist the piles of discounted school supplies … more
Our wonderful principals, teachers, and students already have a week behind them as our renowned Catholic schools get back into session. This is an appropriate moment to welcome all of them back, … more
En más de una de nuestras columnas hemos comentado el muy conocido pasaje bíblico del “Hijo Pródigo”, parábola exclusiva del evangelio de Lucas (Lc 15, 11-32) que, dicho sea de paso, es uno … 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
At the risk of sounding like I’m piling on, consider this my firm note of disapproval for New York City’s big-footed decision against erecting a statue honoring St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, the … more
One of the most beautiful times of the Church year is the spring, when many dioceses throughout the world celebrate the ordination of their new priests. During my years as a seminarian and now as a … more
The school day is beginning a little later for students at some high schools in the United States. According to a couple of articles I saw recently, researchers have found that teens’ sleep … more
W e ate our honey. We ate a lot. Now we have no honey in our honey pot.” With those 17 words, averaging just three letters in length, Jan and Stan Berenstain launched their legendary book … more
It’s Labor Day. Can I write a bit about those Jesus called “laborers in the vineyard”? That’s all of us, to be sure, those who labor for Jesus and His reign. But in a … more
Hace una semana, más o menos, nosotros sacerdotes, diáconos, mujeres y hombres religiosos—y un número cada vez mayor de fieles laicos, que rezan diariamente lo que la … more
La fe, si bien es cierto es una ‘luz’ que ilumina el camino de nuestras vidas, sin embargo, no despeja todas nuestras dudas, de ahí el grito del profeta Hababuc: “¿Hasta cuándo, Señor, … more
One of the things I like to do when I’m away from the office is read. Perhaps that’s not a shocking revelation given my professional background. The piles of books in the home office my wife and … more
When I was working as a reporter for Catholic New York back in the 1980s, I had one of those quote-of-the-day calendars on the desk in my cubicle overlooking Manhattan. All these years later, after … more
Thanks to President Trump’s “America First” rhetoric and the rise of populist-nationalist parties in Europe, there’s a lot of debate about “nationalism” these days. On that subject, as on … more
A week or so ago, we priests, deacons, religious women and men—and a growing number of lay faithful—who daily pray what the Church calls The Divine Office meditated on St. … more
En otras columnas hemos ya escrito sobre la vocación profética, y hemos destacado que uno de los criterios fundamentales para distinguir a un verdadero profeta de los falsos es la … more
Cardinal Dolan and a team of others spoke at a Manhattan press conference in February to reaffirm the archdiocese’s long-standing commitment to assisting pregnant women and their children. “I … more
Business was good. So good, in fact, that the family company had become one of the largest breweries in New England, producing 300,000 barrels a year and supporting two generations of Geisels in … more
One of the interesting aspects of vocation work is the amount of traveling that is part of this ministry. It has afforded me the opportunity to visit many new places and to meet a diverse group of … more
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