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Jesús, en el Sermón de la Montaña, expone su programa, en el cual declara dichosos a los pobres, a los afligidos, a los ‘marginales’ de la sociedad, porque el Señor es su defensor y en Él … more
Johannes Vermeer’s “Allegory of the Catholic Faith” provides a lens through which to view his life and work and the world he inhabited in the 17th-century Dutch Republic. The wars of religion … more
During the course of the year, my office has two separate silent retreats for the men who are discerning the priesthood. The first of these is at the beginning of the Advent season and the second … more
Cardinal John O’Connor was a powerhouse of faith during his 16 years as Archbishop of New York and 54 years of priesthood. His legacy is keenly felt in many arenas, but nowhere more so than the … more
Recently, I was talking with a friend about books. She knows that I own hundreds of books and that I am reluctant to part with even one. In contrast, she has a relative who does not keep a personal … more
It’s been a rough time for us these recent days in Albany. Even a seasoned, impartial journalist and keen observer of politicians in our state capital, has noted that values for which the … more
The Vatican is a hotbed of rumor, gossip and speculation at the best of times—and these times are not those times. The Roman atmosphere at the beginning of 2019 is typically fetid and sometimes … more
En la historia del profetismo en Israel, una de las señales para reconocer al verdadero profeta de los falsos es la persecución. Los falsos profetas eran aquellos que habían hecho del profetismo … more
This semester I am teaching Theological Anthropology, an online class with an enrollment of 50 undergraduates. The goal of the course is to explore what it means to be truly human in relation to God … more
Ha sido un momento difícil para nosotros estos últimos días en Albany. Incluso un periodista experimentado e imparcial y un agudo observador de los políticos en la … more
Cardinal John O’Connor was a powerhouse of faith during his 16 years as Archbishop of New York and 54 years of priesthood. His legacy is keenly felt in many arenas, but nowhere more so than the … more
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
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