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Every so often, Father Joseph Tierney will be in his office at Cardinal Hayes High School and look outside to see a mother passing by with her young son about age 10. Invariably, he said, the mother … more
One of my favorite things about this season of seemingly ever-present physical darkness is the occasional pocket or flash of light. Not just the leftover twinkling Christmas decorations, although … more
We New Yorkers pride ourselves on being “progressive.” A former governor, Theodore Roosevelt, often observed that government “needed always to advance whatever promoted human … more
El papa Francisco, en su mensaje para la celebración de la 52 Jornada Mundial de la paz, del 1 de enero de 2019, como en otras tantas ocasiones, ha vuelto a incidir en la necesidad de trabajar por … more
One of the best things about the holiday season is spending time with family members and friends. Since Thanksgiving, we’ve been fortunate to spend time in the company of relatives from three … more
One of the feasts of this Christmas season I very much enjoy is the Sunday after Christmas, the Feast of the Holy Family, which we celebrated last Sunday. That baby born just last week is true God … more
We live in a world that is increasingly noisy. Here in New York, it seems that there is a constant cacophony of sound surrounding us. As frustrating as that can be, it is especially challenging to … more
I’ve always appreciated the notion of self-care in an Oprah Winfrey, hot-baths-and-expensive-chocolates kind of way. We work so hard, the thinking goes, that we deserve a break here and there. So … more
Desde el inicio de su pontificado el papa Francisco se ha expresado en múltiples ocasiones, a través de discursos, homilías y documentos eclesiales, que quiere una iglesia para los pobres, … 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
The annual Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon is often cited as the official kickoff to the Christmas season in New York, and it sure felt that way to the 810 guests at the 73rd gathering held in the … more
I realize I am dating myself, but I remember George Burns, the crusty comedian. One of his lines I enjoyed was, “It’s not that I don’t believe in God. I do! It’s just that … more
I love Irish music, and one of my favorite groups is Cherish the Ladies, the internationally acclaimed band of women musicians who play Irish and Celtic music. I knew they were doing their annual … more
Father, We Thank Thee, Who Hast Planted” has long been one of my favorite hymns. Its tune, taken from the 16th-century “Genevan Psalter,” is eminently singable. The hymn text—when not … more
Currently in The Frick Collection’s Cabinet Gallery, The Charterhouse of Bruges exhibit sheds light on the intersection of religion, art and patronage in late medieval northern Europe. The … more
El hombre no puede vivir sin esperanza; pero, hay esperanzas cuyo contenido se agota en un horizonte puramente intramundano, como las utopías de un mundo mejor que han intentado realizarse a lo … more
Me doy de cuenta que estoy reflexionando a mí mismo, pero me recuerdo de George Burns, el comediante crujiente. Una de sus frases que disfruté fue: “No es que no creo en Dios. … more
Last Saturday, I accompanied my wife to the Funeral Mass of her 87-year-old uncle at a parish church in Garfield, N.J., not an uncommon experience for us these days as the older generation in our … more
The passing of George H.W. Bush, our forty-first president, has moved me. I’ve always admired him. While working at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, I got to meet him a number of times, … more
A willingness to be vulnerable in front of other people is probably one of my best qualities. I know that sounds like a self-deprecating put-down, and for the longest time—most of my life—I would … more
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