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It’s spring at last, and my thoughts are turning, naturally, if a bit late, to spring cleaning. Not just the grab-the-mop, go-through-the-closets kind of cleaning, but the spiritual kind as well: … more
Some two millennia ago, a ragtag bunch of nobodies learned what their tortured and executed friend, the rabbi Jesus from Nazareth, meant by “rising from the dead” (Mark 9:9-10)—because … more
A blessed Easter! We all realize that Lent, the season of penance we just completed, takes forty days. Our kids who give up candy wonder why it takes so long! It’s meant to be lengthy, … more
El Tiempo Pascual nos recuerda insistentemente que Cristo Resucitado vive en medio de nosotros. La mejor ‘prueba’ de la Resurrección de Jesús es el crecimiento de la comunidad de los creyentes … more
¡Una Pascua bendecida! Todos nos damos cuenta de que la Cuaresma, la temporada de penitencia que acabamos de cumplir, lleva cuarenta días. ¡Nuestros niños que renuncian a … more
This is a resurrection story. It is about Kaitlyn Bernhardt, a teenage girl from Brooklyn, who became sick with a severe form of bone cancer, just before she was about to enter Bishop Kearney High … more
I can’t pray. I just don’t know how to do it anymore.” That’s what I told my husband, Dennis, one evening recently about midway through Lent. The parched desert had become an asphalt parking … more
W hen Pope Francis talks about evangelization, his poster child may well be an immigrant in North Dakota. Sister Brenda Hernandez Valdes, a 34-year-old Daughter of Immaculate Mary of Guadalupe, … more
You worry me, Doctor Franz,” says a young SS officer at a Nazi-era clinic for special needs children in Stephen Unwin’s play “All Our Children.” “This is a sacred task, and we need … more
With Palm Sunday we commence the “journey of a lifetime,” a trip bringing us not just back home here but to our true home of eternal life. It’s Holy Week! We unite with Jesus … more
El Evangelio es siempre una buena noticia, un mensaje de salvación para el hombre; proclama que Dios ha venido a salvar y no a condenar. El Señor nunca ofrece dos alternativas o caminos para el … more
A few weeks ago, I had the great blessing to be with Father Ubald Rugirangoga for an event at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture. The event was covered by Catholic New York and appeared in a … more
Lent is a good time to recharge your spiritual batteries. In my case, I didn’t have to go far to accomplish that two Fridays ago. All it took was an eight-block walk down First Avenue from our … more
Life and death—two of the topics we think about more deeply in Lent—came into sharper focus for me at the very beginning of the Lenten season. That was partly because of the ashes that we … more
When a pope is elected, the cardinals who have just chosen him make their way to the Hall of Benedictions atop the narthex of St. Peter’s Basilica. It’s a challenging journey for some: In 2005, … more
Like any other priest, one of the duties I most savor is to hear confessions. We hear a lot of confessions at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and I take my turn as a confessor, usually after my 7 … more
Dios se ha revelado a los hombres como un padre misericordioso, “lento a la cólera y rico en amor y fidelidad” (Ex 34, 6). Los salmos proclaman que “El Señor es clemente y compasivo, lento a … more
Sometimes, it is easy to tell when a child is old enough to receive the Sacred Eucharist at Mass. Other times, it's not. Usually, when parents with an offspring who has not received First Communion … more
Como cualquier otro sacerdote, uno de los deberes que más gozo, es escuchar las confesiones. Escuchamos muchas confesiones en la Catedral de San Patricio y me turno como confesor, … more
Catholic school kids in the archdiocese are practicing the virtue of daily prayer during the 40-day season of Lent that began Ash Wednesday, March 6. They’re seeking to amplify their prayers by … more
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