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Church role in a free society
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 01:00 pm
If you follow my thoughts regularly, you will have noticed that I rarely mention the names of partisan political figures.
Global pandemic and solidarity - an examen of conscience
Wed, Jun 24th 2020 01:25 pm
We have entered a period of response to the pandemic now when there is a great deal of discussion about which social policies are appropriate going forward.
The New Fire Within
Fri, May 29th 2020 10:00 am
All of us have had the most unusual Lent and Easter that perhaps we will ever experience.
The self-emptying love of God
Fri, Apr 24th 2020 01:45 pm
There is a beautiful passage in Scripture about the self-emptying love of God, most clearly seen in Jesus Christ.
'For a famine had gripped the whole world' Gen. 41:57
Fri, Feb 14th 2020 01:00 pm
As I write this reflection, wildfires ravage Australia, attributed to record high temperatures and record low rainfall.
Reflecting on Pope Francis' 2020 World Day of Peace message
Wed, Feb 5th 2020 12:00 pm
This new year, this new decade, begins much like the past year, the past decade: wars between countries, wars within countries, nations around the globe
I believe in Miracles
Mon, Feb 3rd 2020 12:00 pm
St. Therese. The saint I always associated with my mother.
Marian consecration and the call to spiritual renewal
Fri, Jan 31st 2020 03:00 pm
"Where there is unprecedented evil, God wants to give unprecedented grace."
Dream it - Believe it - Live it!
Tue, Jan 21st 2020 03:00 pm
This past January we celebrated a diocesan Mass in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It took place on Jan. 19 at St. Martin de Porres Church in Buffalo.
This New Year, Keep Your Eye on the Prize
Tue, Jan 7th 2020 12:00 pm
Paul writes to the Church of Philippi from jail, "I do not claim that I have already succeeded or have already become perfect.
Make of our hearts a creche for Christ's birth
Mon, Dec 30th 2019 05:00 pm
St. Teresa of Calcutta once said, "This Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving others with God's own love and concern."
Did Jesus have a model? A hero?
Fri, Dec 6th 2019 03:55 pm
Two of the Sunday Gospel readings this December are about John the Baptist from Matthew's Gospel. Who was John and what do we know of John and his interactions with Jesus?
Come and give thanks
Tue, Nov 26th 2019 04:00 pm
Although President George Washington proclaimed the first national day of Thanksgiving in 1789, it didn't become a regular holiday in the United States until 1863.
Respect Life! Challenge the culture of Death!
Wed, Nov 20th 2019 11:00 am
St. Pope John Paul II, in his powerful encyclical letter "Evangelium Vitae" ("The Gospel of Life"), challengingly said "How can we fail to consider the violence against life done to millions of human beings
Black Catholic History Month: The Father Baker Connection
Thu, Nov 14th 2019 11:00 am
On July 24, 1990, the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus of the United States established November as Black Catholic History Month.
To hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor
Fri, Nov 8th 2019 01:40 pm
By now everyone has heard of Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenage environmental activist on climate change whose campaigning has gained international recognition.
Has the 'Our Father' changed? Just a translation
Wed, Oct 23rd 2019 02:00 pm
The sixth petition of the "Our Father" reads: "and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." This gives rise to the question "Does God, who is all good, really tempt a person to evil?"
The Gospel of Life and the Church in the modern world
Tue, Oct 22nd 2019 02:00 pm
Whenever we reflect on the Church's pro-life mission, we invariably remember the great document of St. John Paul II, "Evangelium Vitae (the Gospel of Life)." And rightfully so. That encyclical will, I believe, be an important part of the Church's social teaching for many years to come.
Revive, refresh, renew
Wed, Oct 9th 2019 12:00 pm
In the midst of what our church is going through in the world and everything we are going through in our own diocese lately, I believe that we can all say today, more than ever, we need a Revival.
Go repair my house
Fri, Oct 4th 2019 10:00 am
The universal church observes the feast of St. Francis of Assisi every year on Oct. 4.
Unnamed little girls - betrayal and tenderness
Mon, Sep 30th 2019 03:20 pm
Mark's gospel contains two stories about little girls, the daughter of Jairus (5:21-24, 35-43) and the daughter of Herod (6:17-28).
The exaltation and glory of the Cross
Mon, Sep 23rd 2019 11:00 am
Sunlit summer days are beginning to transition to dimmer, crisp fall days.
Catholics protest U.S. practice of caging immigrant children
Thu, Sep 19th 2019 11:10 am
Many of us are not fond of seeing animals in cages. But when desperate human beings - especially children
Moving forward following the footprints of Jesus in the world
Fri, Sep 13th 2019 03:00 pm
From Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, the United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month.
Sound Board: Lessons of Catholic school carry over to public
Tue, Sep 10th 2019 11:00 am
Almost four years ago I graduated from Northern Chautauqua Catholic School, and not a day goes by where I don't reminisce and smile about the time I spent there.
Keys to Resiliency (Part 2)
Wed, Aug 21st 2019 01:00 pm
When the tempests of life come upon us, we become like the boat tossed about in Luke's account of Jesus calming the storm.
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Wed, Aug 14th 2019 02:00 pm
For many years I understood the words in the Our Father, "Hallowed by thy name," to mean that one should obey the Second Commandment: "You shall not invoke the name of the Lord, your God, in vain" (Exodus 20:7).
Finding Christ in the beggar at the church door
Fri, Aug 9th 2019 01:50 pm
We are right in the middle of the "dog days" of summer - those steamy, humid summer days when we really feel the oppression of the heat.
Keys to Resiliency. (Part 1)
Mon, Jul 22nd 2019 10:00 am
Keeping an optimistic and positive attitude is a huge challenge during these days when society is increasingly polarized and when so much adversity and suffering streams through our devices and is broadcast through news outlets
A Choice: 'Dishing the Dirt' or 'Biting Your Tongue'
Wed, Jul 17th 2019 11:00 am
It seems that relating negative information about another is an age-old experience.
Stir the Holy Spirit living dormant within you
Wed, Jul 10th 2019 01:00 pm
I often ask myself why so many people haven't "stirred" the Holy Spirit since their confirmation. Many of us (myself included) spent years listening to the voice of the secular world in forming our opinions about the major moral questions of the day.
The consequences of our 'morally inclement climate'
Tue, Jul 9th 2019 11:00 am
On May 31 of this year, an apparently disgruntled employee entered a municipal building in Virginia Beach where he worked and began shooting with the two silencer-equipped handguns he had brought in.
Persecution of Christians worse now than ever
Thu, Jun 27th 2019 12:00 pm
"The persecution of Christians is today worse than at any time in history," says papal charity Aid to the Church in Need in its report on oppressed Christians titled "Persecuted and Forgotten?"
Get behind me Satan! Why Satan?
Fri, Jun 21st 2019 02:00 pm
The gospels record that just after his baptism by John, Jesus is tested in the desert. In Matthew's gospel, the tester is referred to as "the devil" in the first two tests but Matthew ends the third test with Jesus naming the tester as "Satan."
God Bless all the Fathers
Mon, Jun 17th 2019 12:00 pm
June brings us the month in which we honor our fathers here on earth and those who have gone before us. Some of our parishes will honor fathers by saying a special blessing for them, preparing breakfast after Mass, or by giving them a carnation.
The Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement Act
Tue, Jun 11th 2019 11:00 am
Last month I was once again part of a team that spent a weekend inside a local prison conducting a retreat for the inmates there. We always learn a little more about their lives behind bars, and I am always dismayed at some of the stories about the prison's use of solitary confinement, also known as isolated confinement and known in slang as "the box."
Soundboard: Youth Board gave me confidence
Mon, Jun 10th 2019 12:00 pm
Coming onto Youth Board I was a very shy and not very confident person, but now coming off of Youth Board I am more confident in myself and am open to talking more.
We Will Be Your Witness
Fri, Jun 7th 2019 03:00 pm
The Easter Sunday bombings of worship sites in Sri Lanka captured the attention of the world. In the days that followed, news outlets shared stories about the increasing death toll of victims numbering about 300 and the arrest of 24 persons who carried out the attacks
The ever-recurring confrontation between Christ and Caesar
Fri, May 24th 2019 03:00 pm
I have recently been reading a book entitled "In Solitary Witness: The life and death of Franz Jagerstatter" by Gordon Zahn. Zahn was a professor of sociology at Loyola University, but more importantly,