A New Era

I’m dedicating today’s blog to my beautiful daughter, Monica. Because of her 8th grade graduation yesterday, today is the beginning of a new era for me. After having four children attending St. Dominic Elementary School for 18 consecutive years—the same school that I also attended for seven years—I...

Cardinal Dolan Speaks

I just walked out of the New York Archdiocese office of Cardinal Timothy Dolan. We had about a 45-minute interview about the New Evangelization—you know, that topic that keeps cropping up yet very few seem to understand? We’ll be featuring this in a future of edition of St. Anthony Messenger—timed...

In Awe of Marriage

Whenever a relative asks why I’m not married, my stock answer is that I can’t fathom ever sharing my remote control. There’d have to be two TV rooms in any home I share with someone. But that doesn’t mean I don’t admire other marriages. I look in awe at my parents’...

Reflection on the Church for the Feast of the Ascension

Back in our seminary, there was a magnificent stone stairway which went up five stories. I don’t like heights, and one night, my friend, Friar John Kramer, who had a very playful sense of humor, was up on the fourth floor near the library with me, right next to that stairway.  He knew I didn’t like...

Let the Past Stay in the Past?

“Let the past stay in the past”; “Let bygones be bygones”; “Let’s just start over from here on”; “Forget about it”….  We have all heard these or similar sayings when we want to move on with our lives. The common denominator of these sayings stem from a message Jesus gave us while he was...

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