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September 15, 2010
The advances of Hispanic immigrants
The advances of Hispanic immigrants

At the recent commencement ceremony at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, N.Y., Jasiel Morales, 18, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, was the youngest graduate. And although she came to Yonkers, N.Y., just five years ago and found a new language and culture "challenging," she was the top student in the class of 2010.

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July 14, 2010
A mission of hope in Ciudad Juarez
A mission of hope in Ciudad Juarez

"Another year of grace! Yes, we face crises like never before, but crises stimulate hope, and with hope come efforts for truth, justice and peace. That effort breeds optimism and even joy. Some saints say that Jesus on the cross, though crying out in desperation, experienced a deep interior joy at a work accomplished."

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June 16, 2010
Thriving faith in his family’s isolated home

I recently published a book on my extended family, a collection of oral histories, memoirs and profiles. We came from a remote community in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico called Terromote.

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May 15, 2010
In the current crisis we need faith, not blame

The late Gerard Jean-Juste, a Haitian priest who died last year, said: "God is the first and last resource. We feel God's presence more and more, because there is nobody else some days who can sustain us to allow us to survive. So we live by miracles, and as we live by miracles, we need faith. Our faith sustains us."

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April 17, 2010
Storm experiences reveal the meaning of family
Storm experiences reveal the meaning of family

The weather people called it the perfect storm, the worst in almost four decades.

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March 18, 2010
Penance that we elect and that which is our lot in life
Penance that we elect and that which is our lot in life

Once again we enter the season of penance. And the question is not what affect our little acts of self-denial -- and, let's face it, most of them are little -- have on our lives during Lent but what remains when Easter comes. Unfortunately, for many of us our Lenten penance is akin to dieting; after Easter we are back to our old ways. Our efforts are cyclical, leading to no permanent change.

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February 18, 2010
Haitians set an inspiring example for all of us
Haitians set an inspiring example for all of us

Among the heartbreaking images of death and devastation from Haiti's earthquake, one stood out for me.

It came from an Associated Press story of the disaster, the country's worst in 200 years.

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January 15, 2010
The compassion and hardheartedness around us
The compassion and hardheartedness around us

Recently, I enjoyed again "Les Miserables," a movie based on Victor Hugo's novel of forgiveness and redemption.

A bishop's compassion redeems a thief, but the police inspector cannot forgive even himself. I was struck with how relevant that classic is to life today.

Compassion and redemption are easy to find.

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December 15, 2009
The challenge of Christmas: Uniting the whole world
The challenge of Christmas: Uniting the whole world

In 1963 when I was in graduate school at Columbia University, I lived with my wife, Penny, and our three children, aged 7, 3 and 6 months, in a small one-bedroom apartment in the Bronx.

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Thanksgiving challenges us to help neighbors
Thanksgiving challenges us to help neighbors

I often recall the time I went to a remote rural area of western New Mexico to visit the parents of a Maryknoll priest I had met in Yucatan. He had asked me to visit them the next time I was in New Mexico. So, having a free day, I rented a car in Albuquerque and drove about four hours, only to find they were not home. A neighbor told me they had gone to the mountains to cut wood.

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