The New York Post’s headline on Jan. 18, “Vatican Orders Cardinal Dolan to Probe Bishop DiMarzio Sex Abuse Allegation,” immediately caught my attention.
Thank you! It is the most beautiful phrase in English — or in any language for that matter. Thank you so much to all our readers who have supported The Tablet’s Bright Christmas Campaign throughout the years and especially this past Christmas season.
While Giacomo Casanova is usually remembered as a womanizer, the 1700s Italian adventurer was also a gifted writer and translator. His memoirs are a 12-volume, 3,500-page fascinating portrait of Europe in the 18th century. Many years ago, while reading the book, I was struck by this paragraph:
It is a privilege to write a column each week for this newspaper, but it is a challenge, too. The first rule is not to repeat yourself. It is a tough rule — we, humans, really don’t have much to say. It is hard to be original 50 times a year. On the other hand, sometimes I am happy to repeat myself.
Last week, I received a beautiful, early Christmas present. It came in the mail. The envelope contained a check and 24 letters for the Bright Christmas campaign. The first letter was written by Mrs. Janice Ray. It reads:
The Bright Christmas Campaign is in full swing now — checks are arriving and so are requests for grants. For us at The Tablet, each donation and each request is a gift. The checks we receive are signs of generosity, of the desire to share with others. That is the true spirit of Christmas.
There are plenty of reasons to contribute to our Bright Christmas Campaign — more on that later — and now you have a new way to make your donation, thanks to our digital department.
This past Thursday, we celebrated one of the most beautiful holidays on the calendar. It is a day dedicated to giving thanks for the blessings and graces we have received in the preceding year. Gratitude is indeed the highest form of courtesy.
“Sentence first — verdict afterward,” says the Queen in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” That may have been the logic this time. The Associated Press reported on Nov. 12 that attorney Mitchell Garabedian plans to file a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Newark (N.J.) on behalf of a man who is accusing Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and the late Father Albert Mark of abusing him in the 1970s at St. Nicholas Parish in Jersey City, where both of the priests were assigned. Why would the Associated Press report on a lawsuit that is at least a month away from being filed?
We are still two weeks away from the beginning of Advent, but the psalm we will hear this Sunday at Mass is like an announcement of Christmas: “Sing praise to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and melodious song. With trumpets and the sound of the horn sing joyfully before the King, the Lord. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.” The most beautiful time of the year is approaching.