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Last week Pope Benedict XVI received the credential letters of six new ambassadors to the Holy See. He sounded a theme which is common in his locutions and writings; he spoke of a “Human Ecology”.  He recalled the “innumerable tragedies […]

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This year the Liturgical celebration of Pentecost occurs on Sunday June 12. Among the many biblical accounts we will hear at Mass is this one: “When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And […]

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The Ascension of the Lord is not some final act in the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, in the theatrical sense, though it does complete, in one way, His earthly ministry and the “Paschal Mystery”. Nor is it some kind […]

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In keeping with the ancient Christian tradition the Catholic Church celebrates Easter for an octave, eight days. These days are seen as one continual celebration of the great event which forever changed human history. The octave opens into a liturgical […]

In the Liturgical Year of the Catholic Church we are in the “Octave” of Easter. The word means eight. This “Feasts of Feasts” as the early Christians called the Resurrection, stretches out for eight days. It was on the first […]

I preached all the Masses this past weekend at my parish. It is such a privilege to break open the Gospel and offer it to the faithful. Every time I do I become more aware of the great gift we […]

Geraldine Ferraro died on Saturday in Boston, Mass. at the age of 75. She had been heroically battling multiple myeloma for twelve years. Thursday morning a private funeral Mass will take place at the Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer in […]

On March 25th Catholic Christians celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. Our Gospel passage read at Mass is taken from the first chapter of St. Luke (Luke 1: 26 -38). The Evangelist recounts Mary’s encounter with the […]

In my early twenties I attended a conference sponsored by an enthusiastic movement which was flourishing in ecumenical Christian circles at the time. One of the workshop speakers was a Southern Baptist minister who had helped to found a large […]

Last Sunday, in the Western Church, we remembered the “Manifestation” to the Gentiles, the Feast of the Epiphany. We reflected on the “wise men” from the East who followed the light to the fullness of Divinity who humbled Himself to […]

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