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.
Did you happen to read the chilling story over the weekend, about Bao Guohua and his wife, Xing, who were sentenced to fourteen years in prison in China?
The crime this couple committed? They opposed the order of the Chinese government to remove crosses from the Christian Church where he, Reverend Bao, serves as pastor.
Lest you think tomorrow that your Catholic co-workers, neighbors, or passersby on the street forgot to wash their face, let me try to explain Ash Wednesday.
Thank you, Jewish neighbors, for letting us borrow yet another of your signs and practices. The Hebrew part of the Bible, what we Christians usually call the Old Testament, refers to ashes as a sign of repentance. In other words, if we want to show ourselves, our friends, and, most importantly, the Lord, that we are sorry for our sins, we cover ourselves with ashes!
Well, we don’t quite cover our whole body, but, we…
I’m just back from the Philippines where I was privileged to take part in the International Eucharistic Congress. What an uplifting and inspiring week it was! The people were filled with a love of their faith, and a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. One striking feature was how well catechized the people were – a result of a vibrant Catholic school system there, that has the respect of all of Filipino society.
What good timing that I have returned home as we begin Catholic Schools Week. Anytime is a good time to celebrate our splendid Catholic schools. We thank God…