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February 15, 2017
Youths excel with encouragement, prayer, example
Youths excel with encouragement, prayer, example

In the next several weeks, I will celebrate events with the youth of our diocese. These events are always impressive and a source of renewed hope now and into the future. 

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December 14, 2016
Leave world's noise at Advent, Christmas
Leave world's noise at Advent, Christmas

Each year with the celebration of Christmas, we focus on images of that first Christmas, a cave where the Savior of humanity was born. Certainly, we recognize that the Incarnation radically altered history. But in acknowledging the great transformation born at Bethlehem, we must realize the simplicity that surrounded Our Savior’s birth. Our society has become so complex that simplicity, which indeed can be a virtue, is now a lost virtue.

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November 18, 2016
Faith guides us to our eternal destiny
Faith guides us to our eternal destiny

On Nov. 1, 2016, the Solemnity of All Saints, the preface of the Mass reads: "For today by your gift we celebrate the festival of your city where the great array of our brothers and sisters already gives you eternal praise. Towards her, we eagerly hasten as pilgrims advancing by faith . . ." (Roman Missal, Third Edition).

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October 12, 2016
Mary modeled love for life
Mary modeled love for life

This month of October focuses on two very beautiful traditions of our Catholic faith, namely the designation of October as month of the Most Holy Rosary and Respect Life Month. The two themes are beautifully intertwined, since Mary by her fiat allowed the Word to become flesh; her yes to life set in motion the marvel of Christ’s Incarnation.

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September 13, 2016
We must continue to help the impoverished
We must continue to help the impoverished

In considering the many issues confronting contemporary society, we cannot help but note the growing poverty in our community; as poverty continues to escalate it should capture our attention and emphasize the need to assist our brothers and sisters in the family of God who seek our assistance.

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August 16, 2016
Jesus is vital to education
Jesus is vital to education

How quickly the summer months pass and rather soon our children and young people will be returning to school. When contemplating the formation and education of our youth, we cannot but be so deeply troubled about the violence that has become a regular part of our culture. 

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June 14, 2016
The Eucharist sustains us
The Eucharist sustains us

On Sunday, May 29, 2016, we celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi.

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May 17, 2016
Thankful for those who serve
Thankful for those who serve

In this May issue of El Mensajero it is a joy to share with you some reflections expressing my own admiration for those living these vocations.

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April 12, 2016
Praying for Easter peace, joy
Praying for Easter peace, joy

Have you had the experience of explaining a situation or event, or a particularly difficult experience to others who, for some reason, just do not understand?

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March 16, 2016
Proposals are tragic offense against life
Proposals are tragic offense against life

In this issue of the Catholic Courier, I wish to take the opportunity to share with you my statement regarding physician-assisted suicide, in the event that you may not be aware of this statement on such a critical issue presently being debated by the New York state Legislature. 

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