The Birth of Our Democracy

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

As we come upon the July 4th holiday, we must recognize what this day is truly about. We celebrate the independence of our Nation from British Colonial rule. The Declaration of Independence, a document that is far from perfect, gave us a democracy.

The Essence of the Priesthood

Since the first time I ordained priests for service to the faithful of the Diocese of Brooklyn in 2004, 96 have been Ordained to the priesthood.

Golden Jubilee: A Time for Reflection and Celebration

Jubilees in religious and priestly life mark significant milestones that certainly need to be celebrated. This year because of the coronavirus, unfortunately, our celebrations have been personal and rather muted.

The Evil of Racism Must End Now

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

As we have seemingly come to a slowdown of the coronavirus pandemic, in the last ten days, we have experienced a more terrible type of virus in that of racism that seems to have made itself visible among us. The horrible death of George Floyd at the hands of one policeman with others standing by has opened a wound in our society, pointing to deeper inequalities that people of color and other minorities must bear.

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.