Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien – Thoughts on Our Church

The following columns were written by Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien and appeared in the Catholic Review.

Our pediatrician once told our children that you need to try a new food 16 or 17 times before you can decide that you don’t like it.

I experienced my first sacrament April 10, 1955, at St. Rose of Lima in Brooklyn. Father T. Austin Murphy did the honors, seven years before he became an auxiliary bishop for the diocese.

President Donald Trump announced his administration’s new guidance on prayer in public schools during a Jan. 16 event in the Oval Office on National Religious Freedom Day.

Protecting human life is the “preeminent” social and political issue, Pope Francis said, and he asked the head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee for Pro-Life Activities to convey his support to the pro-life community.

Mercy Health Services has selected Dr. David N. Maine to become the new president and CEO of the Baltimore Catholic health system.

If Ray Kelly can turn things around, so can Baltimore City. That was among the takeaways Jan. 15 at Center Stage, when the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Catholic Charities of Baltimore were host to a “Faith in Baltimore” program.

I’m just not good with plants. I’m not sure whether they don’t care for me or I’m just not destined for plant greatness, but my plants never survive.

“Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek and his wife, Jean, received Fordham University’s Founders’ Award at a Jan. 7 reception in Los Angeles.

Father Kenneth Doyle fields questions about the liturgical end of the Christmas season and rubrics involving extraordinary ministers of holy Communion.

I firmly believe that the quiet faith that inspires so many large and small good works in our City has been – and will be – the ultimate saving grace that brings us forward.  May each of us keep alive that Faith in Baltimore throughout 2020, and for many generations to come.