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Life Brings Constant Change and Hope

On a trip to the East Coast, I had the pleasure of going to a midwife’s appointment with my pregnant daughter and her husband. It’s my first grandchild, so everything is a big deal to me. The amplified heartbeat brought a tear to my eye. The midwife was sweet enough to ask whether I had any questions. I did not – at least not any I could expect her to answer.

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Learning to Care for Loved Ones

Family caregivers don’t solely need hands-on training. They need “hearts-on” training, too. It becomes clearer and clearer that love demands action and that it calls for repeated effort and self-sacrifice. At times, it seems that caring for another person is akin to going to boot camp.

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Feeling Adrift: Reflections on Grief

After experiencing the death of a loved one, often shock and numbness take place. Life feels like a boat that has capsized – becoming unmoored and trapped in the fog of a storm. Sometimes the pain is informative and transformative – enhancing the griever’s outlook on life.

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How to Be a Catholic in New York City

I’m a big fan of a new book titled “New York Catholics, Faith, Attitude and the Works” by Dr. Patrick McNamara. I write that not just because I’m one of the 71 people profiled in the book but because it is an outstanding piece of scholarship that offers insight into the history of the Church in New York City.

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Voting Is a Sacred Obligation

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,. On Tuesday, Nov. 4, New Yorkers will go to the polls to vote for our Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller as well as members of Congress and State legislators.

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At the Movies: ‘Book of Life,’ ‘Alexander’ Highlight Family Bonds

Who knew the Day of the Dead could be so much fun? The Mexican method of observing All Souls’ Day, Nov. 2, is the backdrop for “The Book of Life” (Fox), an entertaining and visually stunning 3-D animated film.

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An Extraordinary Synod, Indeed

According to Vatican-speak, a specially scheduled session of the Synod of Bishops is an “Extraordinary Synod,” meaning not-an-Ordinary Synod, held every three years or so. In the case of the recently completed Extraordinary Synod of 2014, extraordinary things did happen, in the “Oh, wow!” sense of the word.

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Alumni Return to Holy Innocents

Holy Innocents is proof that you can go home to your roots. The East Flatbush parish celebrated its homecoming weekend, Oct. 10-12, by welcoming back over 200 school alumni from 1941 to 2006. Other alumni events have proved to be successful, but this gathering was the most successful in recent history.

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A Half-Century of Revelations

“After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb … These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress … They will not hunger or thirst anymore … For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

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Reading Helps Us Tap into Literary Treasures

When I first started writing this weekly column many years ago, my mother often would say to me, “I don’t know why you are writing all of these columns. No one understands what you’re writing.”

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