Homily for September 1, 2013: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s scripture readings are about something we don’t hear mentioned very much. Humility. If you go to “Google” and type in the word “humility,” you’ll get about 13 million entries. But if you then go and type “fame,” you’ll get 208 million – about 15 times the amount for humility. That about sums it up. [Read More…]

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Scenes from an ordination: a beautiful day in Brooklyn

My diocese ordained 10 new deacons this morning, who will by the grace of God become priests next year.  I was privileged to attend the ordination and vest Deacon Jeremy Canna.  Below are some pictures from this wonderful event. The Church is alive and well in Brooklyn, praise God!  Congratulations and welcome, brothers!  Ad multos [Read More…]

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“Look with favor on this servant of yours, whom we now dedicate to the office of deacon…”

This morning, I’ll be attending the ordination of transitional deacons for the Diocese of Brooklyn, and will have the privilege of vesting one of the new deacons, Jeremy Canna, who served at our parish during his pastoral year. Below is the beautiful prayer of consecration that will be prayed over him: Almighty God, be present [Read More…]

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It’s official: Pope appoints Archbishop Parolin Secretary of State

From the Vatican news site:  Pope Francis named Archbishop Pietro Parolin to succeed Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone as the Holy See’s Secretary of State. Until now, Archbishop Parolin had been Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela. From 2002 until 2009, he served in the Secretariat of State as Undersecretary for Relations with States. Archbishop Pietro Parolin is fifty-eight [Read More…]

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A love song 75 years in the making

From the YouTube post:  A 96-year-old Illinois man wrote a song about his wife of 75 years and when he sent the heart-wrenching ode into a singer-songwriter contest, they decided to produce it for him. When Fred Stobaugh talks about his wife Lorraine now, it’s hard for him to hold back tears after the life [Read More…]

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Labor pains—UPDATED

Just in time for Labor Day, Michael Voris offers this gift to the workers of the world, especially those he calls “professional Catholics”: My blog neighbor Fr. Dwight Longenecker wasn’t impressed: The most worrying thing about Voris’ attack on Catholic Answers, EWTN and others is that it seems like some kind of sick revenge thing. [Read More…]

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Reports: Pope Francis to name Archbishop Pietro Parolin Secretary of State

It could happen as early as tomorrow, according to John Allen at NCR: Multiple reports suggest Pope Francis intends to name 58-year-old Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin to the key position of Secretary of State, traditionally the most important figure in the Vatican after the pope himself. Although the pope is the head of state, the [Read More…]

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Pope Francis praises Cardinal Martini as a “father in the Church”

Details:  Pope Francis on Friday met with Father Carlo Casalone , provincial of the Society of Jesus for Italy, who was accompanying members of the “Fondazione Carlo Maria Martini” on the occasion of the first anniversary of the death of the famous Cardinal Archbishop of Milan, who died on August 31, 2012. The foundation was [Read More…]

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Beautiful: watch this extraordinary teacher set his class on fire

This video is making the rounds once more. Since it’s back-to-school time, this seems like a great opportunity to meet, once more, a great teacher. I first posted this video last December.   As I wrote back then:  Here is love, pure love.  Parental advisory: keep a Kleenex nearby and be prepared to hug your [Read More…]

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Great moments in journalism: Does the NY Times hate Cardinal Dolan?

My blog neighbors over at Get Religion get the scoop on an important story that needed a followup—and never got one. Details:  What should we make of The Times coverage of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee abuse lawsuit? On 1 July 2013 The Timesprinted a story entitled “Dolan Sought to Protect Church Assets, Files Show”. [Read More…]

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