Right around the corner from Santa Maria Maggiore is Santa Prassede – where, according to tradition, a piece of the pillar at which Jesus was scourged during His sacred Passion is housed. I love this place! I’m glad you’re here with me.
I’m in Rome for a few days for meetings and thought I would share a few of my favorite places with you! My first stop is Santa Maria Maggiore (Saint Mary Major), one of four Papal Basilicas. I’m glad to tell you about it!
With all of New York, the Archdiocese of New York joins in mourning the passing of our beloved Rusty Staub. Known as a great baseball player and teammate, Rusty was also a great philanthropist, who did so much to support Catholic Charities, Catholic schools, and our Catholic food pantries and food distribution programs. Whenever we were together, he would say, “Tell me what you need, Cardinal” and he would always come through.
We commend Rusty to the loving mercy of God, consoled by the fact that, as he stands before Our Lord, he will hear, “I was hungry and you…
Spring seems to be fighting to arrive! Winter still seems to have us in its death grip.
Please God, by the time you read this, it will be warm, bright, and green. Spring will have conquered!
But, as I pen this in the middle of this week we call holy, Winter still has us in a chokehold. There were even flurries on Palm Sunday!
God’s creation, and His creatures, are in Winter. We are dominated, not only by the clouds, cold winds, bare trees and dead grass of Winter, but by Sin, Satan, Selfishness and Death. We await an interior springtime; we…
I’m writing this on Wednesday’s “snow day.” We’ve had quite a few recently. People like “snow days.” The joy we experienced as children when we heard, “no school, a snow day” still is the case.
Usually, I catch-up on mail and phone calls. But, I also do some extended reading, prolong my daily prayer-time some, exercise a bit longer, and even take a nap. I had an extra cup of coffee at breakfast, and, were it not Lent, probably would have had a martini with the other priests in the house before warming-up supper.
We need a bit of “snow…
I’ve been travelling the past couple of days and finally got the chance to catch up on my reading. I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss this excellent piece by George Will about the truly grim situation for babies with Down syndrome in Iceland. Here’s an excerpt:
Iceland must be pleased that it is close to success in its program of genocide, but before congratulating that nation on its final solution to the Down syndrome problem, perhaps it might answer a question: What is this problem?
To help understand why some people might ask…
As anyone growing up in the 1950’s and 1960’s can tell you, it was hard not to notice and be impressed by the Reverend Billy Graham. There was no question that the Dolans were a Catholic family, firm in our faith, but in our household there was always respect and admiration for Billy Graham and the work he was doing to bring people to God. Whether it was one of his famous Crusades, radio programs, television specials, or meeting and counseling the presidents, Billy Graham seemed to be everywhere, always with the same message: Jesus is your Savior, and…
On Monday I had the honor of addressing a luncheon in support of the Police Athletic League (PAL). Here’s a copy of my remarks.
Police Athletic League
Thanks, everybody! It is an honor and a joy to be with you!
My nine years as archbishop of New York have taught me a high regard for the Police Athletic League. This pleasant luncheon gives me the chance to praise the PAL, to thank those who lead and direct it, and to salute those good people – – here you are – – who support it.
Come to think of it, the PAL…
They’re calling it a “conflict” for Catholics, leaving many wondering what to do.
I’m referring to the fact that Ash Wednesday and St. Valentine’s Day both occur on the same time this year, and that’s this Wednesday.
What’s a Catholic to do, many wonder. Both are significant days in our Catholic calendar. The conflict comes because Ash Wednesday is a somber day of prayer and penance – – no meat, light meals, no snacking between meals – – and St. Valentine’s Day is a festive occasion – – chocolates, going out, and usually a nice meal with drinks.
The answer is that…
Last Wednesday, January 3, I had the joyful opportunity to offer the prayer opening the New York State Senate’s first session of the legislative year. I am grateful to Senator John Flanagan, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Senator Jeff Klein for their warm welcome and hospitality. Here’s the prayer I offered. (more…)