Our Words Define Us

Our Words Define Us

All creation emanated from the voice of God uttering: “Let there be light.” There was nothing and no one yet to hear it, only God himself. As animate creatures came into being, they were able to make sounds, and some of them are beautiful, but only human beings have the gift of being able to…
Hold fast to traditions that point to something greater than ourselves

Hold fast to traditions that point to something greater than ourselves

A bishop condescendingly asked John Henry Newman, “Who are the laity?” To which the great saint, and, one hopes, future Doctor of the Church, replied that the Church would look foolish without them.  The same might be said of those who are consecrated in the Religious life. The difference is that most of the Church…
Pope Saint Clement of Rome

Pope Saint Clement of Rome

On the day after Thanksgiving, the Church rejoices in the intercessions of Pope Saint Clement of Rome. New Yorkers have a special reason to think of him, two millennia later. Clement probably was made a bishop by Saint Peter himself and became the fourth Bishop of Rome after Linus and Cletus. He was the first…
It’s the little things, the choices we make today, the unexpected events, that can change the course of history

It’s the little things, the choices we make today, the unexpected events, that can change the course of history

Pier 54 on the Hudson River is a short walk from our church. On display are pictures of the Titanic and the Lusitania, which is not encouraging for public relations. The Titanic was supposed to berth there, but instead the Carpathia arrived with surviving passengers. Seven years before, my grandmother had sailed on the Carpathia.  The sinking of the Lusitania by a German…