Our nation, and New York, in particular, are experiencing a massive increase in anti-Asian violence. Innocent people are being attacked for no reason, simply based on their ethnicity.
This week, we celebrate Mother’s Day. In the U.S. the annual celebration dates back to 1907 by when it was started by Ann Jarvis in Saint Andrew’s Methodist-Episcopal Church in West Virginia, the first state to make Mother’s Day an official holiday.
In a perfect world, these migrants would be able to follow proper protocols and procedures. In a perfect world, these migrants would be able to formally request asylum and legal entry into our nation. But this is not a perfect world.
Thanks be to God, the Diocese of Brooklyn is seeing more and more people coming back physically to Church to attend Mass.
Father John Cush, a Brooklyn priest who serves in Rome as the Academic Dean of the Pontifical North American College, was asked what the most important thing that people needed to know theologically. Without a pause, he stated it was the theological virtues.
Msgr. Bernard J. Quinn (d. 1940) certainly knew the value of immigrants and the fact that all human beings are born in God’s image and likeness. The son of poor Irish immigrant parents (his father was a longshoreman), Msgr. Quinn saw the horrors of war up close when he was assigned as a chaplain for the 333rd Machine Gun Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army in the “War to end all wars,” that is, the First World War.
The fifth commandment of the Decalogue is quite clear: “Thou shall not kill.” Given by the Lord God to Moses on Sinai, this has remained a staple of civilization. And yet today, that basic rule — “Thou shall not kill” — is hardly understood in our culture.
As we approach April, Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) sports still have not been given the green light to resume competitive play. Recently, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) could resume sports April 1 and continue interscholastic play into the summer.
The Equality Act of 2021 sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? And yet, the entire act is deeply flawed. It will be a great threat to religious freedom and will codify laws that will force beliefs that are entirely contrary to the Catholic Church’s beliefs on human sexuality and natural law.
This week, thank God for the success of our Holy Father, Pope Francis’ apostolic visit. He had much to do while there, praying for peace in the area, recognizing the common sonship of all monotheists under Abraham, and, perhaps most importantly, giving hope to the Christians of Iraq and indeed to all Christians in the Middle East.