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To Lent or Not to Lent?

Nathan is a 49-year-old “cradle Catholic” who received his grammar through high school education from the good sisters, brothers and priests. Growing up, he was a reliable altar server, a … more

Vocations Are Everyone’s Business

So I just call them?” “Yes, that’s what they’re praying for!” This was the short conversation I had with a friend just before calling the vocation director to apply to the seminary. I … more

Vocations Are Everyone’s Business

So I just call them?” “Yes, that’s what they’re praying for!” This was the short conversation I had with a friend just before calling the vocation director to apply to the seminary. I … more

Get Yourself in Spiritual Shape This Lent

I am writing this on Mardi Gras, the day before Ash Wednesday, so my mind is on Lent, our forty days of spiritual preparation for Holy Week and Easter. Yet, I must also confess that my mind is … more

Pathways to Excellence II Nears Completion

When the second phase of the Pathways to Excellence strategic planning initiative for the Catholic elementary schools of the archdiocese was launched back in September, I was there. It made sense … more

‘Pecadores Sí, Corruptos No’

El viaje apostólico del papa Francisco al Perú (del 18 al 21 de enero de 2018), como es muy sabido, tuvo una acogida que desbordó todas las expectativas. Su mensaje era esperado porque él sí … more

Trees in Winter

One recent night, there was a light snowfall, and in the morning, the trees wore a graceful covering of white. The tall trunks were dark against the gray-white light of early day, but the … more

Bad State Budget News Touches Hopeful Events With Sadness

The end of January can be freezing weather-wise, but it annually brings two highlights of the year, which help warm my spirit. The first is the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., in which … more

Pierre Toussaint Alumnus Dreams of Helping Students Like Himself

Speaking with Isaak Ghebremicael Monday night, I sought to learn about how he had maintained his connection with the Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund and Program since earning a master’s degree in … more

Perú: Una Tierra de Esperanza

Viaje Apostólico del Papa Francisco El domingo 21 de enero de 2018 el Papa Francisco concluyó con su Vigésimo Segundo Viaje Apostólico (a Chile y Perú). Desde el momento en que el Papa … more

Waltzing on Ice: On Crisis and Community

When it came time to interview prospective sailors for his expedition across Antarctica, Ernest Shackleton had clear-cut criteria. He had to pick the right men for his journey to the bottom of the … more

Seek the Divine in Daily Moments

I am not in the regular rotation when it comes to walking our rescue dog, Jake, especially at night. Dennis and Olivia handle most of the dog-walking duties in our household. But one recent Saturday … more

Loving Lent and Rising Foolishness

Apparently, some folks are worried about this year's confluence between Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday as well as the fact that Easter Sunday will fall on April Fool's Day. They're afraid that … more

El Seguimiento a Jesús

El Evangelio de Marcos nos relata, de una manera muy escueta, el llamado que hace Jesús a sus cuatro primeros discípulos (Cf., Mc 1, 16-20). El evangelista, fiel a su estilo, no abunda en detalles … more

Bringing the Sacred Into Everyday Life

A couple of weeks ago, as I was gathering my Christmas decorations to put them away, I came upon a booklet called “Christmas to Candlemas in a Catholic Home.” It was published in 1955 as part of … more

Prayers for Life Before the March

Mass of the Vigil for Life Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception January 18, 2018   The following is the text of the homily to be delivered by Cardinal … more

Notre Dame Vita Institute Finds New York Audience

The annual March for Life, now in its 45th year, takes place Jan. 19, just a few days ahead of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion throughout the United States. … more

Get Your New Year Started Right—at Sunday Mass

Is still the first week of the first month of the New Year...so, a blessed 2018 to all! I invite you to consider another first: the first day of every Week, Sunday, the Lord’s … more

In Puerto Rico, No Rest Yet for Resilient Caregivers

My personal highlight from the last workday of 2017 was an interview I had with Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, the executive director of archdiocesan Catholic Charities, about his most recent visit to Puerto … more

‘Hemos Encontrado al Mesías’

Nuestra fe en Jesucristo es, ante todo, el fruto de una experiencia de encuentro con Él. Creemos en Jesús no tanto por lo que otros nos han hablado de Él, no tanto por lo que hayamos escuchado o … more
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