Remembering Our Veterans and the Importance of Our Military

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Some of the most significant pictures I keep of my father are those where he is in his WWII uniform. The first is the wedding picture of my mother and my father. In 1943, he was deployed state-side, and he wore his uniform when they were married.

Living Each Day of Our Lives For the Glory of God

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Each day, we live our whole life from beginning to end. This is what I mean; when we awake in the morning it is like being born, born again. As we carry on through the day, with its ups and downs, we mimic in a certain sense the life cycle that we follow. And then finally at the end of the day we go to sleep. When I was in third grade, Sister Maureen told us that sleep was a rehearsal for death. This was quite a weighty thought to put in the mind of young children. Yet, I never forgot what she said because in a certain sense falling asleep in the Lord is not something that we need to fear.

Mother Cabrini Statue Will Also Honor Immigrants

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

This month on November 13, we celebrate the feast day of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. She has been much in the news lately; in our Tablet, at the Columbus Day parade and still being mentioned in what now has become a political issue in our city and state.

The Power of Forgiveness

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

The power of forgiveness was recently shown in a dramatic court room when former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was convicted of murdering her neighbor Botham Jean, when she mistakenly entered his apartment thinking it was her own. She identified the victim as a burglar and shot him to death. But this is not the end of the story. The courtroom was presided over by Judge Tammy Kemp, who is a deaconess in her church. The scene began when the 18-year old brother of the victim, Brandt Jean, asked the judge if he could embrace the now-convicted murderer who received a 10-year prison sentence. Judge Kemp hesitated, but eventually allowed the two to embrace. This too is not the end of the story.

Each of Us Is a Mission

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

This year, World Mission Sunday takes place during an Extraordinary Missionary Month, called by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to mark the 100th anniversary of the apostolic letter of Pope Benedict XV “Maximum Illud,” which emphasizes the missionary call to proclaim the Gospel.

The Importance of Respecting Life in All of Its Stages

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

The month of October has been designated by the Bishops of the United States as Respect Life Month. This gives us the opportunity as Catholics to remind ourselves of our obligation to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable from the beginning of life and at every point in between until natural death.

The Rosary Is a Prayer for All

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

The month of October is dedicated to Our Lady and her Most Holy Rosary. Perhaps we can focus our thoughts on this wonderful devotion and its impact on the life of the Church in the last centuries. The Rosary has been called the prayer of everyone, from the most to the least educated. Everyone can pray this prayer in a meditative way that gives an insight into the life of Christ, as seen through the prism of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Mother Cabrini, a Heroine Who Should Be Recognized

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

It seems incongruous that after a public information campaign began for “She Built NYC” to nominate women for statues to be erected in the City of New York, since women are unrepresented in our statuary, that the woman who received the most votes, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, was not chosen as worthy to be honored for her contribution to our City.

A New Face And New Energy for Our Diocese

For several years, the period between mid-September and mid-October has been designated as National Hispanic Heritage Month. In the Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens, we recognize the vibrant and diverse history that the Hispanic population has contributed to this diocese of immigrants. Recently, for the most part, the Hispanic immigration has given our diocese a new face and new energy.

Serving the Local Church Through Catechesis

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Our parishes in Brooklyn and Queens will join over 17,000 other parishes throughout the United States on Sunday, September 15 to celebrate Catechetical Sunday. The theme for this year is “Stay with Us,” as announced by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.