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Educating Our Children

The title of this article is “Educating Our Children.”  I was going to call it “Educating the Children” because, as a celibate priest, I do not have children of my own.  But as I thought about it, I realized that I feel a sense of responsibility for “the” children.  The Church declares that the parents […]

Our Attitude in Giving

This week my diocese began its annual appeal known as the Catholic Ministries Appeal.  Obviously, the goal of the appeal is to raise money to pay for the “work” of our diocese.  However, the appeal is not about money.  It’s about ministry and mission. Whenever we hear about any charitable organization doing an appeal or […]

A New Experience

This week I did something I have never done before.  I went to New York City.  OK, technically I might not have been in the city.  I went to Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston.  I flew into JFK airport and to me that is “the city.”  People are always surprised when I tell them I […]

Mary and the Resurrection

Today I would like to share some thoughts about Mary and the Resurrection but it isn’t the Mary you might be thinking of. The Mary I am talking about is a friend of mine who just passed away.  She was 90 years old.  I first meet her a few months after I came back to […]

The Pace Changes

The cooler weather is a sign of the beginning of Fall.  In New York State, high schools and elementary schools reopened this week.  Most colleges have also began their fall semester. The pace of life in the church also picks up.  Meetings and events slow down a bit in the summer.  That’s why I haven’t […]

September 11th

Today is the ninth anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.  There are many memorial services happening today to honor those who lost their lives in those terrible attacks.  We also pray for their loved ones, asking the Lord to strengthen and comfort them. There has also been much controversy this week centered on a Christian […]

The Value of Labor

In the United States, on Monday, we will be celebrating Labor Day.  In celebrating Labor Day, we celebrate the achievements we have made through our work (The history of Labor Day goes back over 100 years.). Some people look at work as a bad thing, something we do only to make money so we can […]