Happy Mothers’ Day

May is a beautiful month. The flowers have blossomed and the trees have regained their leaves. Most days are sunny and the weather is still temperate. It’s a time for First Communions, Confirmations, and Graduations. For many, the more relaxed summer routine is just around the corner. This month is beautiful for another reason. It’s...
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Catholic Review Column: Defiant Requiem

Seventy years ago in Terazin, a town located in the former Czechoslovakia, the Requiem Mass of 19th century Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi was performed for the first of 16 times over a two-year span. Verdi composed the piece in 1874 in honor of Alessandro Manzoni, an Italian poet and novelist whose works inspired Italian...
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St. Catherine of Siena

I. Introduction – Greetings and Thanks Let me begin by thanking Cardinal Dolan for his presence among us tonight and for the inspired leadership he provides for the Church in the United States, in Rome, and far beyond. In particular, Your Eminence, I am grateful for your leadership on matters touching the preservation of religious...
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5th Sunday of Easter

I. Introduction: A Word of Greeting What a joy for me to visit St. Ignatius Parish for the first time and to have the opportunity to pray with you and to meet so many of you. I am very grateful to Msgr. Barker, Fr. Hector, Fr. Sutton, and Fr. Muller, and also Deacon Hamilton, for...
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Wednesday 4th Week of Easter

I. Introduction In this morning’s first reading, we read how the Apostles and the disciples were praying together. They did this because they were on a mission and by praying together they also supported one another. The mission was to preach the name of Jesus everywhere and to everyone. They wanted the whole world to...
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Bringing Christ to the Edges

The terrorist bombing is still fresh in our minds. How we grieve for the innocent people, including young people, who died or were severely injured in that senseless and brutal attack. Just as we were grappling with that news, we learned of the tragic explosion in West Texas and began thinking of and praying for...
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Catholic Review Column: Contrasts

On Monday afternoon, April 15th, I was working at home when I learned the news of the violent attack against those taking part in the Boston Marathon. The same sinking feeling came over me as when I learned of the Newtown shootings last December. So too the same unanswerable questions: “Why do people do things...
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Friday Octave of Easter – Knights of Columbus Board Meeting

I. Introduction What a joy it is to begin this Board meeting with all of you during these days of the Paschal Octave: the week following Easter Sunday. Indeed, the joy of Easter is so great that the Church celebrates each of these eight days as if each day were Easter Sunday. So I hasten...
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Easter Sunday

I. Introduction: Signs of New Life There are signs of new life all around us. Even here in downtown Baltimore, Nature is serving notice that a long and cold winter season is giving way to Spring. After bidding farewell to the beloved Benedict XVI who proclaimed the faith with such beauty and depth, the Church...
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Catholic Review Column: The Forty Days of Lent and the Fifty Days of Easter

Lent is over. Holy Week has been celebrated. Easter Sunday has been observed. Now what? For many the tendency will be to return to business as usual. Lenten penances and charitable practices will be put on the shelf, just the way we put away Christmas decorations. The memory of Holy Week and Easter will fade....
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Joy in the Risen Lord

“Things are looking up,” someone said to me the other day, “Spring is here, we have a new Pope and it’s almost Easter.” I had to admit his optimism was infectious. Even those who suffer from hay fever are glad when the days grow longer and warmer. And there’s a lot of joy about our...
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Easter Vigil

I. Introduction For some 40 days of Lent, we have fasted and prayed with Christ. Throughout Holy Week, we have followed the Lord even more closely as we re-enacted those saving events that gave us new life in Christ. On Holy Thursday we sat at table with Christ as He gave us the gift of...
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