The Book of Sirach reminds us that in the same way that our sins wound God, our good works and virtue please him. If our sins make Him cry, our good works make Him smile.
A blessed New Year!
You may have heard that Pope Francis directed the bishops of the United States to assemble together for a retreat, given by his own official preacher, Father Raniero Cantalamessa.
So, off we go! Our retreat is a week-long, and begins today, at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary outside of Chicago.
Why did the Holy Father mandate this retreat? Well, he realizes that the Catholic Church in the United States is in the thick of a crisis over sexual abuse. (He also wisely acknowledges…
Today on Conversation with Cardinal Dolan, Monsignor Jim Vlaun joins me to discuss the Special Counsel and Independent Reviewer, Judge Barbara Jones, and the progress of the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program.
Msgr Vlaun steps in for Fr Dave. pic.twitter.com/zJcHXRCOKn
— The Catholic Channel (@CatholicChannel) October 2, 2018
Click here to watch the full version of the video mentioned in today’s episode, A Pastoral Message on the Crisis Facing our Church. For my recent blog entry on the Rosary, click here. To learn more about upcoming events at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, visit…
This evening, our Jewish neighbors begin their solemn observance of Yom Kippur, the most sacred event of their year.
I wish our Jewish friends the fullness of God’s abundant grace and mercy, and assure you of a solidarity in prayer.
Let me also thank our Jewish community for giving us all a radiant example of atonement, of acknowledging sin, asking God’s mercy, and renewing one’s deepest beliefs and values.
Your Scriptures, which we cherish with you as God’s revelation, teach eloquently of the communal nature of sin. Yes, sin is personal, but it also affects others, with an “oil-spill” effect, that poisons…
On Conversation with Cardinal Dolan today, Father Dave Dwyer and I reflect on the deep hurt in the Church, caused by the nauseating news of clergy sexual abuse.
For my column in Catholic New York from last week, click here.
Vivat Jesus! It’s good to be back with you after our hiatus. Today on Conversation with Cardinal Dolan, Father Dave Dwyer and I are coming to you from the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention in Baltimore.
Today on Conversation with Cardinal Dolan, Father Dave Dwyer and I discuss the tragedy in Las Vegas. We are joined by Bishop Joseph Pepe of the Diocese of Las Vegas.
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…