UNITY

While written for my local Knights of Columbus Council Newsletter, the issue of unity is an important one for our Church. It is also important for our country. I am afraid that we have forgotten our national unity as well as our need for oneness with God and each other as part of His family.Continue reading “UNITY”

True Marriage and Christian Love

[Jesus said] “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one’? So they are no longer two but one. What therefore God hasContinue reading “True Marriage and Christian Love”

Somewhere There’s a Bottom – We Hope

“People who are happy or breathing easier because of the outcome of this election now own its consequences. Inflation, high gas and food prices, and an open border are likely to continue. … Maybe another two years of suffering will do it, assuming the country survives.” —Cal Thomas How low can we go? We haveContinue reading “Somewhere There’s a Bottom – We Hope”

Love (Charity) is at the Heart of Catholic Social Doctrine

 “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  (Jn 13:35) “A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do good.  It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself.” (Catechism 1803) Simply put, Catholic social doctrine supportsContinue reading “Love (Charity) is at the Heart of Catholic Social Doctrine”

Catholic Vote

Dear Editor: I have a response to Maria Mastromarino (Letters to the Editor, Oct. 29: Catholics should not be single-issue voters).  Our issues are the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church. Here are some guidelines for how I think Catholics should vote.  Ask yourself the following questions:  New York has an opportunity this yearContinue reading “Catholic Vote”

Elections Coming: Check your conscience

(This is the full version of my essay on checking one’s conscience for the coming election. The previous election post, “2022 Elections Coming: Is your conscience ready,” was condensed from this so it could be submitted for publication in the Richmond Diocesan Newspaper, The Catholic Virginian, and was published on September 19, here.) Pope St.Continue reading “Elections Coming: Check your conscience”

Jesus and the Cross

At the beginning of Holy Week and in anticipation of Easter I was reflecting on our Lord’s passion, suffering and death on the cross. I began to think about those non-Catholic Christians and wondered what they did in preparation and how they reflected on the events leading up to Our Lord’s glorious resurrection on EasterContinue reading “Jesus and the Cross”

Letter to Bishops re Communion

I wrote this letter to several bishops after reading the “statement of principles” signed by 60 congressional representatives. If you agree, feel free to copy all or part and send to your own or other bishops on your behalf. Excellency, May God bless you and your endeavors to maintain the teachings of the Gospel, CanonContinue reading “Letter to Bishops re Communion”