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Cultural Diversity: It's prime time!
Fri, Nov 13th 2015 09:05 am
This past October, Father Chester Smith, SVD, asked everyone at the Revival what time was it and everyone would yell out, "It's prime time!" As I recall the excitement of the pope's visit, his homilies, his messages through words and actions our response to this should be, "Prime Time!" What does it mean? I believe it's when we cannot let the excitement and joy of his message die. We have to not only bring the good news of Christ to others, but also we must do it through our actions of love, hope and charity.
Justice Perspective: It's wonderful ... life!
Wed, Oct 28th 2015 01:40 pm
A couple of months from now when the Christmas season rolls around again, I know that my wife and I will once again watch her favorite Christmas movie - "It's a Wonderful Life." You probably remember the story of George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, who is facing so much trouble that he has decided to take his own life. Fortunately, an angel named Clarence talks him out of it by pointing out how much poorer everyone else's life would have been if he had not been born.
Bishop Malone: World Mission Sunday
Fri, Oct 16th 2015 08:05 am
Every year we remember in a special way our baptismal call to mission as we celebrate World Mission Sunday, which is being held this year on Oct. 18. On this Sunday, we will gather at the Eucharist, as will Catholics throughout the world, in a spirit of love for evangelization so that, through our prayers and concrete acts of solidarity, the gift of faith may be shared with all.
Parish Life: The choice between life and death
Thu, Oct 15th 2015 09:00 am
My brother and I seemed so different when I was younger. He was tall, I was short. He liked to watch the Three Stooges. I preferred cartoons. He read Hardy Boys books which seemed like too much work for me at age 6.
Are those who strive for virtue the new minority? Cardinal Dolan thinks so
Wed, Oct 14th 2015 11:55 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Married couples who endure hardships together; gay men and women trying to live chastely; engaged couples who choose not to cohabitate. What do all these people have in common?
Cultural Diversity: It's Revival time
Mon, Oct 12th 2015 08:00 am
The Office of Cultural Diversity, along with the members of the African-American Commission of the Diocese of Buffalo, will be holding their biannual Revival this year at SS. Columba-Brigid Parish, 75 Hickory St., Buffalo. The Revival theme is, "Cast the First Stone."
Making a Difference: Aborted baby parts for sale
Fri, Oct 9th 2015 09:05 am
When one considers the many ways countless human beings are treated like cheap disposable products - from children exploited by pornographers, to young sweatshop workers exploited by wealthy corporations - it's hard to imagine how much worse it can get for the poor and vulnerable.
Justice Perspective: Civil discourse and human dignity
Mon, Oct 5th 2015 09:20 am
A few weeks ago, the second reading at Mass contained these lines from the letter to the Ephesians: "All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ."
Bishop Malone: Every life is worth living
Fri, Oct 2nd 2015 12:00 pm
"Every Life is Worth Living" has been a consistent theme of Pope Francis and one that has particular urgency today. This year's theme for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Respect Life Program fills us with encouragement and hope and calls us to love, defend and celebrate all human life. It calls us to joyfully follow the example of Christ, to love without limits, and further, to act on that sense of true Christian charity.
Bishop Malone: 'Simon ... You must strengthen your brothers'
Mon, Sep 28th 2015 10:00 am
Amtrak train #184 is my mobile office as I write this column en route from Washington, D.C., to New York City. I have just left a U.S. Capital totally energized by the presence of Pope Francis.
Bishop Malone: Welcome Pope Francis!
Tue, Sep 22nd 2015 08:00 am
Pope Francis arrives today for his first visit to the United States. He will do many significant things in his six days with us. He will visit the White House, address Congress and the United Nations, and participate in a multi-religious service at New York's 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center site.
Cultural Diversity: World Meeting of Families
Thu, Sep 17th 2015 10:55 am
During the World Meeting of Families, taking place Sept. 22-27, families get together to share their thoughts on various themes on family life. They dialogue on the role of the Christian family in Church and in society. The talks and workshops are led by distinguished speakers from around the world. There is a group from the Diocese of Buffalo that is preparing themselves for the meeting. For many it will be the first time attending this international gathering.
Back to School: Catholic schools are still excellent after all these years
Fri, Sep 11th 2015 10:50 am
A glance through the Catholic school directory recently brought a startling revelation: Catholic schools have been in the Diocese of Buffalo since before there was a Diocese of Buffalo. Two schools, St. Aloysius Regional School in Springville, and SS. Peter & Paul School in Williamsville, have been in operation since 1836, and that's 11 years before the Diocese of Buffalo was established.
Back to School: Catholic schools prepare students for success
Thu, Sep 3rd 2015 08:00 am
Our Catholic schools are strong and advancing purposefully into the future. Catholic schools are essential to the diocesan commitment to evangelization. Throughout the history of the diocese, our Catholic schools have been shining beacons of catechesis, social justice and daily living of the Gospel.
Justice Perspective: Being people of ecological justice
Tue, Aug 25th 2015 08:00 am
By now, almost everyone has at least heard about Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si - On Care for our Common Home," and there have been a great number of articles, analyses, and assessments of what it says and means.
Parish Life: Asleep in the light
Thu, Aug 20th 2015 01:00 pm
Sleep studies are growing in popularity this summer, as people realize the importance of sleep for personal health.
Cultural Diversity: Seven ways to keep Jesus in the center of your family
Wed, Aug 19th 2015 10:11 am
This past June and July, we had the privilege of having a speaker and teacher from the Diocese of Providence, R.I., on three different occasions. Silvio Cuéllar is the director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry in the diocese and the editor for the Hispanic paper, El Catolico de Rhode Island. He is also a musician and songwriter for Oregon Press Publication. He met with Hispanic families from around our diocese to teach them how to use the Scripture study he put together for families, named "Creating Families of Peace and Love."
Seminarian experiences Auschwitz-Birkenau camp
Tue, Aug 4th 2015 03:00 pm
Countless articles have been written about Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps and the countless social justice connections the Holocaust has to our society in the 21st century.
Bishop Malone: Defend our religious freedom
Mon, Aug 3rd 2015 08:00 am
The tragic and mistaken Supreme Court decision to redefine marriage legally to include so-called "same-sex marriage" has many negative consequences. Among those consequences, one of the most alarming, in my judgment, is the threat this ruling poses to the religious freedom of people of faith and faith-based institutions that honor marriage as God has created it to be, the union of one man and one woman, open to the birth and rearing of children.
Cultural Diversity: You shall love your neighbor as yourself
Mon, Jul 27th 2015 03:00 pm
On June 10, the Bishops of the United States gathered in St. Louis for their Spring General Assembly.
Catholics Come Home: Church growth has little to do with numbers
Tue, Jul 21st 2015 10:00 am
Is your parish growing? But more importantly, should growing just be looked at as numbers?
Bishop Malone: Till and keep the garden of the world
Tue, Jul 7th 2015 08:00 am
There are many statements in Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si" (Praise be to you, O Lord!) that are key to the implications of the Holy Father's second encyclical letter. The theme of the mutuality of the humankind-earth relationship is a primary one. The world of nature serves humankind in so many ways. The pope reminds us to be profoundly grateful for that service, and to remember that we humans are called also to serve the earth, particularly by doing all that we can to preserve it from further destruction.
Catholic and Gay part 2
Sun, Jul 5th 2015 06:00 am
ROME, ITALY (CNA) - More than 10 years ago, Joseph Prever found himself scouring the internet for anything that might help him: he was gay, Catholic, and confused. Resources were scarce for a man struggling with homosexuality and trying to remain faithful to the Church's teaching.
What does it look like to be gay - and Catholic?
Wed, Jul 1st 2015 12:15 pm
ROME, ITALY (CNA) - More than 10 years ago, Joseph Prever found himself scouring the internet for anything that might help him: he was gay, Catholic, and confused. Resources were scarce for a man struggling with homosexuality and trying to remain faithful to the Church's teaching.
Justice Perspective: Fairness for farmworkers
Tue, Jun 23rd 2015 02:00 pm
The last time you were in the produce section of your favorite grocery store, chances are you didn't think about the people who made it possible for all of those fruits and vegetables to be there in front of you. We rarely think about that. It's almost as if the tomatoes and lettuce and apples just appear by magic.
Cultural Diversity: St. Joseph, patron saint of all fathers
Fri, Jun 19th 2015 04:00 pm
The Bible doesn't tell us much about the earthly father of Jesus but from the little that it does tell us, fathers can learn a lot about what is needed to be a good Christian father. Who was St. Joseph and what can we learn from him today?
Bishop Malone: Share the joy of your faith
Wed, Jun 17th 2015 11:00 am
Whenever I come across a discouraging report on the state of religious belief and commitment, it forces me to ponder more deeply why my own Catholic faith is such a potent and enduring dimension of my existence. And why I believe that every person with a healthy, positive, mature and informed religious commitment is (potentially, at least) more fully human, more fully alive, more inclined to compassion and service to others.
5 more ways birth control has changed America
Fri, Jun 12th 2015 12:00 pm
It's contraception's 50th anniversary - on June 7, 1965, the Supreme Court ruled in the Griswold v. Connecticut case that contraception was legal.
Life Issues Forum: Joy is the fruit of mercy
Fri, Jun 5th 2015 09:00 am
"I felt I'd committed the unforgiveable sin."
Justice Perspective: Raise the age of juvenile criminals
Thu, May 28th 2015 02:00 pm
So often, it seems, our practices and our laws are put in place as a reaction to some movement of the moment, or some incident or series of events. Frequently, the long-term effects of such laws are not thoroughly thought out, and then it becomes very hard to remove or modify the law.
Life Issues Forum: Assisted suicide is still suicide
Thu, May 21st 2015 10:00 am
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for all Americans. It does not discriminate. It takes life without regard to age, income, ability, race, or gender. In the U.S., someone attempts suicide every 32 seconds, and someone completes a suicide every 14 minutes
Catholics Come Home: ChurchGrowth is the next evangelization
Wed, May 13th 2015 10:00 am
Parish success might come down to the answer to a simple question: Why aren't we growing? I am convinced that the next evangelization can start with this answer. Why?
Bishop Malone: Peter is coming!
Mon, May 11th 2015 10:00 am
Did that title get your attention? I could have titled my column "Francis Is Coming," in anticipation of our Holy Father's visit to the United States September 22-27 of this year. The Holy Father has also just confirmed that he will make a pastoral visit to Cuba just prior to his arrival in the U.S. This will be a significant follow up to St. John Paul II's visit in 1998, in which I was privileged to participate.
Sound Board: Month of Mary has special meaning
Fri, May 8th 2015 03:00 pm
Since the 13th century, the month of May has been especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady, Mother Mary. This is often seen as a dedication to new life. Especially after our cold winter, everyone is hoping that spring will finally roll around - that the classic saying "April showers bring May flowers" will come true. May is also the culmination of a long decision-making process for many seniors that brings a sort of new life - where to attend college.
Cultural Diversity: Special mothers who became saints
Wed, May 6th 2015 11:00 am
One day during the month of May is set aside in our country to celebrate mothers, to honor and give thanks for all that they do for us. Many other countries will celebrate Mother's Day with us on May 10.
Making a Difference: Beating swords into plowshares
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 11:40 am
"In the days to come, the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills," writes the prophet Isaiah.
Justice Perspective: Intrinsic evil of racism
Wed, Apr 22nd 2015 04:00 pm
Within a short time last month we witnessed events that should have made us consider, once again, the state of race relations in our country. On a Sunday in March more than 70,000 people joined together to march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge to recreate the 1965 event led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to protest the lack of voting rights for African-American citizens.
Why no Catholic is exempt from caring about the environment
Wed, Apr 22nd 2015 12:00 pm
Washington D.C. (CNA) - What does it mean to be truly pro-life? Amid debates over abortion and the death penalty, Catholic ecologists say that one issue is often overlooked in discussions involving human life and dignity - the environment.
Cultural Diversity: The world within our borders
Wed, Apr 22nd 2015 11:00 am
Our diocese has been blessed with a large number of refugees from over 30 countries.
Bishop Malone: What are our people thinking about in regards to family?
Tue, Apr 14th 2015 09:00 am
Pope Francis has clearly made his own this teaching of the council that "the well-being of the individual person and of human and Christian society is intimately linked with the healthy condition of that community produced by marriage and family." So it is that our Holy Father has convoked two synods of bishops in Rome to reflect on the joys and challenges of family life in our time.