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…
Last Sunday I had the privilege of welcoming to my home, and then to Mass, the state leadership of one of the most celebrated Catholic organizations around, the Knights of Columbus.
You have certainly heard of them, and share in my high admiration for them.
Founded in 1882 by the Servant of God, Father Michael McGivney – – one day, we hope, to be canonized – – the Knights began as a fraternal organization for Catholic men, mostly immigrants or their sons, who longed for the support of their faith, camaraderie with fellow Catholics, a chance to serve the Church, and…
Quite a week:
Yesterday, we celebrated the birth of the Reverend Martin Luther King, always an alarm clock for the nation to examine our consciences on the two goals that he preached – – the dignity and equality of each human person, and the sacredness of all human life – – and renew our sense of urgency for the works of justice that flow from those two Biblical and American virtues, especially regarding racial harmony and a national priority for the poor.
This country only celebrates four birthdays as holidays: of Jesus, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and the Reverend King. That…
This opening week of 2017 presents two feast days of saints who are a very radiant part of our New York Catholic family history.
Wednesday, January 4, is the feast of Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton. A member of the prominent Bayley family, young Elizabeth, born in 1774 here in the city, was known for her beauty, elegance, and deep Episcopalian faith. In fact, her grandfather, Dr. Richard Charlton, was pastor of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Staten Island.
Elizabeth wed William Seton, and the happy marriage was blessed with five children. Even as a busy wife and mother, she was renowned…
I’d like to share with you a powerful and insightful piece by George Will from the New York Post about a commercial “banned in France in France for its positive depiction of those suffering from Down syndrome.” Here’s an excerpt:
In 2014, in conjunction with World Down Syndrome Day (March 21), the Global Down Syndrome Foundation prepared a two-minute video titled “Dear Future Mom” to assuage the anxieties of pregnant women who have learned that they are carrying a Down syndrome baby.
More than 7 million people have seen the video online in which one such woman says, “I’m scared: what kind of…
My Jewish friends, while assuring me that they very much enjoy the Christmas season, do observe that never do they feel more “other” than during these days. It dawns on them, they continue, that a big chunk of the world is celebrating a feast, and they’re not.
In a way, we Christians also feel somewhat “other” these holy days of Advent. We take Advent seriously, which means we are in a time of preparation for Christmas, a grand feast we really do not begin to celebrate until Christmas Eve.