Virtues remind us of the ultimate final goal of our life — to become like God! Put everything else aside — all of our temporary desires and preoccupation, and what is most important, in the end, is our final destiny.
With the good news that daily Masses can resume in the Diocese of Brooklyn, albeit with a limited 25 percent capacity, on Monday, June 29, and for Sunday Mass, on the weekend of July 4-5, there
is much for us to be grateful for at this juncture.
Every year, the Editors of The Tablet invite bishops, priests, deacons, religious, and laity throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn to submit their summer reading list.
To say that 2020 has been an annus horribilis (horrible year) is an understatement. Regardless of what the next few months will bring, there needs to be a reality sinking into our consciousness now — nothing will ever be the same again. It can’t be and, hopefully, as much as we might want, it won’t be.
One of the more interesting films of the past 20 years or so — Tom Hanks’ “Castaway” (2000, directed by Robert
Zemeckis) — was the story of a man, Chuck Nolan, whose Federal Express freight airplane crashed on a desert island.
On Ascension Thursday, May 21, 2020, at the Church of Our Saviour in Manhattan, His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York held a press conference to announce a multi-step plan for the re-opening of parishes in his archdiocese for public worship.
For the past few years, the editor of “First Things” has been R.R. Reno. Dr. Reno is a very intelligent man and a fine theologian. He is also a practicing Roman Catholic, converting to the Catholic faith from the Episcopal Church in 2004.
At the risk of sounding like a cliché, as the poet T.S. Eliot opined, “April is the cruelest month,” and indeed, in the Year of Our Lord 2020, it has proven to be. There is no need for us to recount the misfortunes that each of us has encountered this past month. And, sadly, it seems that the month of May appears to only be slightly better.
Parishes this time of year begin to hear of the transfers of their priests from one parish or assignment to another parish or assignments. It is a sad time for many priests and their parishioners, but also an exciting time for priests and parishes, a new beginning.
In an article entitled “The Erosion of Deep Literacy” by Adam Garfinkle, published in National Affairs (number 43, Spring 2020, the author says: “Thoughtful Americans are realizing that the pervasive IT-revolution devices upon which we are increasingly dependent are affecting our society and culture in significant but as yet uncertain ways.