The Greatest Gift We Ever Received

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

We have just celebrated the Feast of Pentecost, and perhaps a reflection on the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives is in order.

The Lessons of Laudato Si’

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

May 24th marked the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on the environment entitled Laudato Si’. Remember, Laudato Si’ are the words of the prayer of Saint Francis composed to praise all creation.

St. John Paul II, the Migrant Pope

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

On May 18, we commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Karol Wojtyla, who became Pope John Paul II, and now St. John Paul II. I would like to share my reflection about St. John Paul II and me.

May Mary Be Our Help During This Time

As we begin the month of May, traditionally dedicated to the devotion of Mary, we remember our Holy Father’s beautiful bestowal of the plenary indulgence when he brought to St. Peter’s Basilica two items of devotion on March 27, 2020, for his Urbi et Orbi (from the City to the World) blessing and holy hour. First was the Miraculous Crucifix, which usually hangs above the Tabernacle in the Church of San Marcello al Corso, and was used in the 16th century in 1522 to cure many people during a plague that struck Rome.

Our Spiritual Lives Have Changed

This is the full text of the letter Bishop DiMarzio sent to the faithful of Brooklyn and Queens, in English and Spanish, on May 1, Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

As you read this letter, we are in the midst of the Easter Season. We rejoice in the risen Jesus and in what that Resurrection means for us who are members of His Body. By His Cross and Resurrection, Christ has set us free.

This Virtual Experience: A Valuable Lesson

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Last week, Pope Francis, in his morning homily, made some comments on the virtual situation of our sacramental life in the Church. The Pope’s reflection was occasioned by a call from a bishop, who in a sense, reprimanded the Holy Father for celebrating the Easter Vigil with so few people in attendance in St. Peter’s Basilica.

We Truly Have Been Put to the Test

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Since 2001 — almost 20 years, which marks a generation — the metropolitan area, and especially our own city of New York, particularly in Brooklyn and Queens, has witnessed some tragic events that have called forth from us some good and, at times, heroic responses.

The Meaning of Our Priesthood

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

This is the full text of Bishop DiMarzio’s video message on Holy Thursday for the priests of Brooklyn and Queens.

At the beginning of Lent, I read something in a spiritual book, which I cannot find now. However, one of the Fathers of the Church said, he who does not know how to feast, does not know how to fast. This is good advice for Lent.

A New Way of Living and Hoping

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

At the beginning of this Lent, we heard the words, “Remember you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.” Little did we know that as we come to the end of Lent and the celebration of Easter that these words would become a reality for many and, unfortunately, for some of our priests and laity.

Coping With Isolation During the Coronavirus

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

The old saying that an idle mind is the Devil’s workshop is so true. In times of idleness, we accomplish little, and we are more vulnerable to life’s usual temptations. Our own personal laziness and any other faults we have seem to be exaggerated during times of idleness, and when we are not sure of what to do with ourselves.