Respecting the Blessed Sacrament: A Model for those that are not in Communion with the Church

I was struck by this picture of NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio at St. Patricks Cathedral during Communion yesterday.  It is clear from this picture Hizzoner has done his homework and knows how to be respectful to the Church’s teachings.  While he was baptized a Catholic, Mayor DeBlasio does not practice the faith. When we are not [Read More...]

Video: Even Santa needs to pray

It’s short, simple, and profound.  Even Santa needs to pray.  Make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament this Christmas Season to really celebrate the birth of Our Lord. [Read more...]

Comfort Ye! Today’s first reading by Handel

Whenever I hear the reading from Isaiah that was proclaimed at Mass this weekend I can’t help but think of Handel’s Messiah. Watch the clip and never hear this reading the same again: Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at [Read More...]

Maybe I don’t have to hate the person I disagree with online

Every so often a need arises to remind ourselves of what we are doing here on social media, on the internet, in the public sphere.  Having engaged in a number of discussions and witnessed a number of tirades on social media recently I am moved to think that today may be a good time for [Read More...]

Gays not welcome, or not welcomed enough? Paragraph 55 from #Synod14

Paragraph 55 of the synod document released today didn’t get the necessary 2/3s votes to pass.  This paragraph deals specifically with homosexuality.  Buzzfeed translates the Paragraph for us: 55. Some families live the experience of having members who are of homosexual orientation. In this regard, questions have been raised on pastoral care which is appropriate [Read More...]

The grace of Rome, the Synod’s opening Mass, and the electricity of the Holy Spirit

This was my fourth visit to Rome, but my first as a priest.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, all I can say is that it was quite overwhelming.  I used part of my summer vacation to lead a pilgrimage to Lourdes and Rome and then to stay in Rome a few days with [Read More...]

National Conference of Diocesan Vocations Directors to Meet on Long Island in Huge Conference!

While I was in seminary, I was blessed to be able to come to know an organization that does a tremendous amount of good behind the scenes for vocations.  The executive offices for NCDVD – the National Conference of Diocesan Vocations Directors were located in the building where I went to seminary.  Every year I [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade controversy! Charity abounds!

This recent blog post by Cardinal Dolan is a welcomed bit of clarification re the St. Patrick’s day Parade.  His post exudes charity.  Something we can all learn from.  I’m reminded that in all things we should have charity.  Everyone in the world knows what the Church teaches about homosexuality.  Maybe instead of being perceived [Read More...]

Father Francis Grogan, the other priest that died on 9/11

Everyone knows the name of Fr. Mychal Judge, the first official casualty of the September 11th terrorist attacks.  Not many people will recognize the name of Father Francis Grogan, C.S.C.  Fr. Grogan was a passenger onboard United Airlines Flight #175 when it hit the second tower.   The newspaper of the Diocese of Albany recalls Fr. Grogan: [Read More...]

Funeral Homily for the Saint of 9-11

This homily was delivered by the other Fr. Michael Duffy: Homily Preached at Funeral Mass for Fr. Mychal Judge, OFM Delivered by Fr. Michael Duffy, OFM, at the Mass of Christian Burial for Fr. Mychal F. Judge, OFM, celebrated Sept. 15, 2001, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 135 W. 31st Street, New York, NY. [Read More...]


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