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May 14, 2019
Evil, tragedy cannot overcome the hope of our Savior’s Resurrection
Evil, tragedy cannot overcome the hope of our Savior’s Resurrection

CNS photo by Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Many rightly are still in anguish and continue to experience great upset over the recent passage of the Reproductive Health Act, which I noted in an earlier article, this legislation has detrimental consequences even beyond the unborn child, extending to pregnant women, allowing non-doctors to perform abortions and permitting abortions for any reason in the third trimester of pregnancy right up to a mother’s due date. It removes our state’s protections for infants born alive in the course of an abortion.

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April 16, 2019
Rejoice in Jesus’ vow to be with us always
Rejoice in Jesus’ vow to be with us always

We are now in the fourth week of Lent, and the great solemnity of Easter soon will be celebrated. However, before the glory of Easter dispels the darkness of Golgotha, we have the liturgies of Holy Week, which celebrate the central tenets of our Catholic faith and so very poignantly capture each person’s intended relationship with God. 

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March 13, 2019
Amid abuse scandal, Lenten penitence comes early
Amid abuse scandal, Lenten penitence comes early

We have now entered into the penitential season of Lent. On Ash Wednesday the prayer over the offerings beautifully, yet quite earnestly, presents the theme of these 40 days.

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February 12, 2019
NY’s ‘tragic’ abortion law does not alter sacredness of life
NY’s ‘tragic’ abortion law does not alter sacredness of life

Buoyed by the enthusiasm of so many participants, young and old alike from all walks of life and with a large representation from our diocese in the recent Masses and events in this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C., I returned to New York only to become so very saddened by the recent legislative passage of the Reproductive Health Act and Governor Cuomo’s signing it into law.

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December 11, 2018
Christmas brings joy among life’s challenges
Christmas brings joy among life’s challenges

Advent has begun, the liturgical season preparing us for the Christmas celebration of the birth of Our Savior, Jesus Christ. Even in the most difficult times, Christmas brings a joy that sustains us amid life’s challenges and heartaches.

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November 14, 2018
Monasteries exemplify importance of silent time with God
Monasteries exemplify importance of silent time with God

In his series of instructions on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass given during his Wednesday papal audiences, Pope Francis made an observation on Nov. 15, 2017, that many found both interesting and indicative of the Holy Father’s awareness of practical situations in the life of the church.

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October 16, 2018
USCCB statement aims to restore trust, purify church and remain mindful of victims’ sufferings
USCCB statement aims to restore trust, purify church and remain mindful of victims’ sufferings

As the church and those called to be shepherds continue to address the sexual abuse crisis that has so tragically scarred innocent lives and deeply wounded the faith of our Catholic communities, I now wish to share with you the September 19, 2018, statement of the Administrative Committee of the United States Catholic Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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September 11, 2018
Letter to faithful addresses abuse
Letter to faithful addresses abuse

I deeply regret that I must write to you about a subject so very disturbing and tragic within the Church. The Pennsylvania Grand Jury report detailing clerical sexual abuse of minors has been shocking and very upsetting to members within the Church and those who are not members of the Church.

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August 14, 2018
Transfiguration provides strength for daily living
Transfiguration provides strength for daily living

On August 6 we celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. What an extraordinary event it must have been for the apostles Peter, James and John.

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June 12, 2018
Focus on the Eucharist endures beyond 12 months
Focus on the Eucharist endures beyond 12 months

The spring season for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation has concluded, and I would be remiss if I did not extend my gratitude for all who brought our candidates to such an important moment in their lives: the reception of God’s gift of the Holy Spirit and bestowing upon them the seven-fold gifts of His Holy Spirit, namely, “the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety, the spirit of the fear of the Lord (which is the spirit of wonder and awe in Lord’s presence)” (The Order of Confirmation). 

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