As Earth Day, April 22, approaches, I am reflecting more on Pope Francis’ recent encyclical Laudato Si about good stewardship of “the earth our mother.” I recommend it for Earth Day reading. My memory of Pope Francis’ tiny Fiat 500 – much commented on during his recent trip to the United States – has a very particular connection with Earth Day. (more…)
Why do the Irish so enjoy parades? True, everybody loves a parade, and we’re blessed to have an abundance of them here in New York City, but nothing seems to rival the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year alone I was invited to eleven of them just in the archdiocese alone, and another dozen from around the country!
One of my favorite memories of baseball is about the pitching legend Sandy Koufax. This cherished recollection about one of the game’s greatest pitchers did not occur on the mound, however, it came in 1965, when Sandy informed the manager of the Dodgers that he would not be able to pitch on the Jewish high holyday, Yom Kippur. For Sandy, his faith was more important than even baseball.