Good morning everybody! It’s a beautiful day here in Lourdes, where we’re on a pilgrimage sponsored by the Sovereign Order of Malta.
I’m at Lourdes on pilgrimage with the Knights of Malta! Pilgrimage is all about helping one another, just like we do in life. Stick with me and I’ll fill you in about our pilgrimage and the shrine at Lourdes!
I came across this insightful article regarding the plight of persecuted Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East. It is difficult to believe that it has been a year since the persecution was declared a genocide and little to no “meaningful action” has been taken to put an end to this tragedy. Carl Anderson, CEO of the Knights of Columbus and New York Times bestselling author, walks us through the current state of affairs and possible next steps in his article that was recently published in the Washington Post.
“On March 17, 2016,…
Have you noticed that there’s a battle going on in nature?
Simply put, it’s a war between winter and spring. One day we need a heavy coat, hat, and gloves; the next day we can get by with a sweater.
One day I have my sunglasses on, the next day we’re getting the snow-shovel out again.
Which is precisely why wise Mother Church places Lent at this time. That struggle between Winter and Spring roaring outside is also always going on deep down inside!
If we are honest, we have to acknowledge that, in our souls, in our hearts, is a struggle between…
Last week we observed “Catholic Schools” Week, a chance to trumpet the acclaimed work of our schools – – which, as one of our elected officials in Albany remarked, “Does twice the good work at half the price” in educating our children – – and to thank our leaders and benefactors for helping us keep them strong.
If last week was a high, this week we’re down, as we’ve had to announce the closing of five schools. Another will transition to an early childhood center in September.
Yes, the somberness is softened some as we recall that these are the first…
I’d like to share with you a column I wrote about recent troubling developments at the state and national levels. Here’s an excerpt:
Recently, over an enjoyable meal, a rabbi friend and I discussed at length a litany of controversial issues, from immigration to the death penalty; from minimum wage to abortion; from prison reform to physician-assisted-suicide. We agreed on some, differed on others. At the end of our pleasant conversation, my colleague teased me, “The trouble with you is that you’re so damn consistent!”
I take that as a compliment! Our belief in the dignity of the…
Let us pray:
We praise you, God and Father of us all, Sovereign of all life, for assembling us to proclaim the dignity of each human person, and the sacredness of human life.
Thank you, heavenly Father, for the gift of a nation where life itself is considered an inalienable right, where the dignity of each human person a self evident truth.
Our prayers are the more fervent as they rise from Christians, Catholics, Orthodox, Jews, Islam, and people of all faiths in this “one nation under God.”
Our supplication is the more hopeful today as we rejoice in the solidarity of hundreds…