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Sisters Stayed at Their Monastery Through It All

By the time we arrived at the Carmelite Sisters’ Monastery of St. Joseph in Trujillo Alto, our one-day visit to the Archdiocese of San Juan, Puerto Rico, was nearly complete. Even before arriving, … more

El Futuro Como Expectación y La Parusía

El hombre como “ser en el tiempo” es una realidad finita, su existencia temporal es sumamente limitada, efímera. Basta comparar el ciclo de vida de un ser humano, que en muy contados casos es … more

No Baby But Still Giving Thanks

Even before she was married, Emily Stimpson Chapman asked for baby prayers. “I’d be in an antique store buying little trinkets for the wedding decorations, and I would be asking strangers: … more

Sorrowful Mysteries of the Marginalized

The Agony of Asking Recently, I received a request to visit a nursing home on Long Island. I made my way through the Metro turnstile and boarded a subway bound for Penn Station, so I could … more

Puerto Rico, You Are Not Forgotten

Can I share with you a couple of matters on my mind, and, probably, on yours as well? One is the calamity in Puerto Rico. I’ve been on the phone a lot recently with the Archbishop of San … more

What We’re Working On

Every once in a while, it’s good to give our readers a progress report about some of the new things that Catholic New York is working on. As it happens, none of the three subjects I am about to … more

Diálogo y Verdad

La realización de un referéndum independentista en Cataluña el 1 de octubre de 2017, que había sido declarado ilegal por el tribunal español, y los hechos de violencia producidos a raíz de ese … more

Put the ‘Hallow’ Back in Halloween

Here comes Halloween, with its legions of ghosts, ghouls, witches, bats, spider webs, flickering candles and haunted houses. With all the spooky hoopla, it’s easy to forget that the day originally … more

How We Follow Jesus’ Mandate to Teach

They call it the “triple mandate of Jesus: to teach, to serve, to sanctify. Call it what you want, it’s the “mission statement” of His Church. Today I want to write … more

‘Why I Am Catholic’ Answers an Essential Question

It’s easy to be impressed by Brandon Vogt. He speaks confidently and directly, without any bluster or phoniness. What you see is what you get—straight-forward truth and conviction. Heck, he even … more

‘For Those Who Are in the Process of Dying…’

I was recently sitting in a log-cabin chapel on a beautiful lake in the lower Adirondack Mountains when the woman next to me offered a prayer intention during Mass: “For all those in the process of … more

Hurricane Harvey and the Kayaking Priest

Hurricane Harvey stranded Father David Bergeron in his pickup the night it ripped through Houston. The 38-year-old priest had been visiting his brother and had to pull over on an overpass three miles … more

‘Todo Lo Puedo en Aquel Que Me Conforta’

No cabe duda que la entrega a la misión exige muchas renuncias de nuestra parte; además, Dios no nos ha prometido exonerarnos del sufrimiento y las persecuciones por causa del Evangelio. Jesús no … more

Joyful Mysteries in Our Lives

The stamp was crooked and streaky as if it had been overly licked and not easily coaxed into the upper right-hand corner of the yellowing envelope. She recognized her father's shaky handwriting … more

The Rosary: an Effective Means of Evangelization

Where we begin in the whole sacred process of evangelization is very important! Pope Francis has radiantly reminded us of this, hasn’t he? It’s not helpful to start with what the Church … more

Archdiocese Launches Pathways to Excellence II Schools’ Plan

Anyone who has been paying attention to Catholic education in … more

‘Hagan Lo Que Ellos Dicen...’

Jesús no era muy diplomático para decir las cosas claras, cuando, por ejemplo, se dirige a los maestros de la ley y fariseos, de quienes condena duramente su hipocresía y vacuidad (Cf., Mt 23, … more

A Defeat for Death, a Call to Hope

October is Respect Life Month, and we’re starting it with good news: the decision of the New York State Court of Appeals rejecting physician-assisted suicide. As many in the medical field and … more

Lead With Beauty: Evangelization and the Solar Eclipse

The rain fell heavy on a Monday morning in Des Moines, Iowa. Bleary-eyed travelers plotted alternative routes over eggs and potatoes at the Embassy Suites. A white-haired man wearing a Saturn … more

We All Want to Help When Tragedy Strikes, But How

This is the feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross. Our hearts are broken these days, over the suffering of people in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean due to storms and … more
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