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Thanksgiving: Rejoicing in our humanity and working to preserve it
Recently I was on the web trying to reserve a Yellow Cab to take me to the airport. More ...
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Remember Dorothy Day in November
November is a month of thanksgiving, family and celebration. More ...
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Taking saints personally
Like many of us, when Megan Gannon lifts a concern in prayer, she turns to Mary, the mother of Jesus, first. More ...
Sunday, November 11, 2018
The power of the powerless
In 1985, Christopher de Vinck, a high school English teacher from New Jersey, published an article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Power of the Powerless: A Brother’s Lesson.” More ...
Sunday, November 11, 2018
When is our life fulfilled?
When is our life fulfilled? At what point in our lives do we say: “That’s it! That’s the climax! Nothing I can do from now on will outdo this. I’ve given what I have to give.” More ...
Monday, November 5, 2018
Use your words
Two groups ask me often what they can do to help their children grow in faith: parents of toddlers and parents of young adults. More ...
Monday, November 5, 2018
Preparing for a feast of memories and love
As the October anniversary of my mother’s death passes, and the Feast of All Souls approaches, it is inevitable that I would recall the many wakes and funerals of my loved ones. More ...
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Choose to hope
What is the nature of hope? Are we born to be either a pessimist or an optimist? Or is it up to us to decide? More ...
Thursday, November 1, 2018
What's lost by modern-day travel
We arrived at the ferry to Gozo with one minute to spare. After a series of mishaps, from being trapped in a parking garage to taking the wrong exit on one of Malta's many roundabouts, our hopes of making the 9 a.m. ferry were fading fast. More ...
Saturday, October 27, 2018
'Here I am, Lord'
Peering outside the window from an airplane thousands of feet in the air, I had no idea that what I saw in front of me would make Scripture come to life -- but it did. More ...
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Sometimes God speaks through a tap on the shoulder
Many years ago, I was asked to cover a concert for the diocesan newspaper where I worked. More ...
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Meditation and loneliness
Billions of men and women down through the ages have tried to solve the problem of loneliness, each in his or her own way. More ...
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
St. Oscar Romero, the saints and the dead
On Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was officially declared a saint of the Catholic Church. More ...
Saturday, October 20, 2018
In defense of early Christmas decorations
Department stores have started putting up Christmas decorations and the Hallmark Channel is running Christmas movies 24/7 through the end of the year. More ...
Saturday, October 20, 2018
The potential for good in ordinary lives
Well, it’s that time of year again! No, I don’t mean pumpkin spice season. More ...
Monday, October 15, 2018
Beauty and the beholder
The world of beauty pageants might seem glamorous to the outside observer. But Mary Breiner's road to winning the title Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky 2018 began with ever-increasing pain and uncertainty about the future. More ...
Friday, October 12, 2018
Memories of Grandma and the Rosary
My grandmother's birthday is coming up and she does not live in this country, so my family will not be able to see her. More ...
Friday, October 12, 2018
Compost, compost, compost
At a recent volleyball game at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Omaha, Nebraska, a spontaneous chant erupted: "Compost! Compost!" More ...
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
My early days as a priest
After serving as a priest for 58 years, I’m often by asked by people who knew that I was a native New Yorker, how I became a priest of the Diocese of Paterson, NJ? More ...
Sunday, October 7, 2018



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