‘No One Has Greater Love’ Than the Fallen

“Greetings from the President of the United States. Your friends and neighbors have selected you to represent [them] in the Armed Forces …” And so begins the so-called “friends” letter notifying a young man that he has been conscripted. The “draft” has not been used since the Vietnam War, yet we still honor draftees on Memorial Day. 

Fear & Loathing on The Cannabis Front

Troubling news came out late last month that the federal Drug Enforcement Administration was pushing for a reclassification of marijuana from a Schedule 1 drug to Schedule 3.  This would put marijuana in the same category as anabolic steroids.  While the federal government is not looking to legalize marijuana outright, it could easily be a […]

Can We Avoid Catholic School Closings?

“Train the young in the way they should go; even when old they will not swerve from it.” — Proverbs 22:6 Much has been written on the pages of this newspaper, as well as on its companion website, about the worth of a Catholic school education: how it instills Christian values, nurtures a love of Jesus Christ, and provides a firm academic foundation necessary for students to excel in their future endeavors. 

AG Agreement An Opportunity to Improve

The New York state Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday, April 16, the results of an investigation into the initiatives taken by the Diocese of Brooklyn in its handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations over the past 22 years, while also announcing that her office had come to an agreement with the diocese on measures to take going forward.

A Eucharistic Word: Spiritual Communion

As Catholics, we recognize that the holy Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our faith. The innumerable gifts received in holy Communion draw us more closely to Christ. But there also are a variety of reasons why someone might not be able to receive sacramental holy Communion.

Jesus Is Truly Present In the Eucharist

We are looking forward to the Diocesan Eucharistic Revival. It will be an opportunity for us as Catholic people in Brooklyn and Queens — clergy, religious, and laity — to reflect on the gift and mystery that Our Lord Jesus, truly and sacramentally present in the Eucharist, is for us. 

The Joy of Easter Despite Secular Ire

As Catholics across the world celebrated the holiest of holy days during Easter, the secular world intruded in so many ways to put blemishes on the day of Resurrection. 

We All Seek Nearness To Christ at Easter

The contents of the Gospel of Mark are traditionally traced to Peter, (meaning he was Mark’s source). John is attributed to John, and John is considered to be the “beloved disciple” and the “eyewitness” about whom we hear in the fourth Gospel.

Experiencing the Lord’s Passion

Interestingly enough, the rubrics for the Mass of this Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion state the following: “After the narrative of the Passion, a brief homily should take place, if appropriate. A period of silence may also be observed.”