Spiritual Roots Of Protest

Hordes of protesters have flooded the streets over burning concerns crying to be addressed. Will racism continue to divide society?

Racism has always been a pro-life issue

The global protests over the long-standing plague of white supremacy, most recently manifested in the police and vigilante murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, have put our nation and church on the precipice of monumental change or devastating setback.

Remembering Msgr. John Tosi, a People’s Priest

By Deacon Alexander Breviario In January of 1975, my wife Bernice and I were married by a newly ordained priest at Our Lady of Grace Church in Howard Beach. I wouldn’t say I was strong in my faith back then, but the priest that was preparing us for our marriage and performing the ceremony was […]

Letter to My Post-Quarantine Self

I’m writing to remind you of how things were during the COVID-19 pandemic, to chronicle some lessons you learned, and to remind you of the kind of change you wished to see in your life after lockdown.

The Positive Side of Solitude

Most people do not like to be alone. But why? Solitude comes from the Latin, “solus,” meaning alone, connoting seclusion and isolation. Loneliness has an undesirable connotation of being friendless, rejected, forsaken, and forlorn.

What Do We Mean By ‘Spiritual Communion’?

Sacraments are those signs that achieve in human hearts and lives what they signify to human minds,” University of Notre Dame theologian Jesuit Father Brian Daley once said.

Something Is Missing

While watching Mass on television at St. Mathew’s Cathedral in Washington, I thanked God for technology, and especially its gift to shut-ins. Yet seeing empty pews made me feel something was missing.

Eternal Truths Cannot Be Hidden

My already-large family was very recently blessed with an Easter-time gift: my grandniece Rosalie, whose birth in a Staten Island hospital thankfully went without event, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has wreaked havoc on our local health facilities. Rosalie’s middle name, Santina, was my late mother’s first name, and she would be her fourth great-grandchild.

As Father Heanue Sees It

Inspired by last week’s editorial, “As The Tablet Sees It,” I decided to record some of my own impressions about live-streaming Masses during the pandemic. Perhaps we could name it: “As Father Chris Heanue Sees It”!