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.
“No one know how long this war will go on. We rely on our heavenly Father, and He provides all our needs. Thank you, sisters, for your valuable prayers and concern for us and for this suffering country. Keep praying for us. Don’t worry about us. We have surrendered ourselves into the hands of God, entrusting all to Him. As St. Paul writes, ‘In life and in death, we belong to the Lord.’”
The news that four members of the Missionaries of Charity, the religious order founded by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, were among 16 people killed today by gunmen at a retirement home in Yemen, is deeply troubling and sad.