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Cuando una persona afronta situaciones personales difíciles, por ejemplo a causa de una grave enfermedad, la pérdida de un ser querido, o cualquiera otra situación que produce un gran sufrimiento, … more
Innocence is one of the qualities most associated with Christmas. We take joy in the innocence of children young enough to watch, wide-eyed and believing, for Santa Claus and his sleigh. Standing … more
Two hundred years ago, three sisters from a very young congregation—the Sisters of Charity in Emmitsburg, Md., founded by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton—came to New York City to care for orphans. They … more
Advent! These four weeks of spiritual preparation for the grand feast of Christmas. (Actually, we only have three weeks-and-one day of Advent this year!)  Let’s try to better understand … more
My wife and I, along with our adult children, traveled to Atlanta last weekend for the wedding of our eldest niece, one of three daughters of my wife’s older sister. It was a great celebration, one … more
El tiempo de Adviento está marcado por el signo de la esperanza cristiana en la venida del Señor. Por su Encarnación, el Hijo de Dios se hizo hombre, “en todo semejante a nosotros menos en el … more
We live in a divided world, where our differences are driving a wedge between us, creating an ever-widening chasm that threatens to cut us off from each other completely. Or so it seems. When we … more
Oprah Winfrey sings and claps when presented with the $69 lunch box that makes her 2017 “Favorite Things” list. “I looooove!” she belts out in mock falsetto. She doesn’t need to … more
BEFORE Vatican II, whenever a bishop administered the sacrament of Holy Orders, the ritual began with a roll call. Those who had completed their seminary training were summoned to the altar by name. … more
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to observe that the saddest person is the one without gratitude, the one who feels he/she has nothing for which to thank God or somebody else. We Americans would … more
My hunch that the celebration for newly Blessed Capuchin Father Solanus Casey at Sacred Heart Church in Yonkers would be a special one turned out to be right on the mark. The monastery church on … more
If Thanksgiving is here, then Christmas, as everyone knows, is just around the corner. It’s time to prepare for it—not just by getting the house ready and buying or making gifts, but also in the … more
Al cerrar el Año Litúrgico, los textos bíblicos propuestos en las lecturas de los últimos domingos, incluyendo los de la solemnidad de Cristo Rey, hacen referencia a los “últimos tiempos”, … more
Tis the season to give thanks, but what if we change things up a bit this time around? It could be a gratitude throw down of epic proportions, if we all make an effort. We already know that counting … more
Last Sunday’s New York Marathon seemed even more festive than ever. That’s good! After the tragedy on Halloween afternoon, we needed it! I’ve meditated before on the proposition … more
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 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
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
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
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
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