Focus

Remember a time, not so long ago (in the grand scheme of things) when seeing someone wearing a mask in public was strange? If you were in a convenience store and saw someone come in with a mask, you’d think they were there to rob the place. It feels like…

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If Only

“If only…” Two little words. Two syllables. A total of six letters. Despite their diminutive size, how much power do those two words bring to affect change in the course of human events, both great and small? “If only I could eat of the fruit of that tree…” “If only…

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And Jesus weeps

Today is Columbus Day. Later on this month, in just a few short weeks, Fr. Michael J McGivney, founder of our Order, will be beatified. When he founded the Knights of Columbus, our mainly Protestant country was very hostile toward Catholics and Catholic beliefs. It was in this climate that…

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In A Flash

Some years ago, on a bright, clear August morning, four Jesuit missionaries had just finished having breakfast together, and were going through their daily routine at the Church of Our Lady’s Assumption. Father Superior Lassalle looked out the window of his room and thought. Father Cieslik went to his room…

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Let Freedom Ring

Queens, New York, July 10th, 2020: A 100 year old statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary outside Cathedral Prep School and Seminary was spray painted with the word “idol” by an unknown individual. Boston, Massachusetts, July 11th, 2020: A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary is set on fire outside the…

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All lives matter

In the fall of 1768, colonial unrest in Boston resulted in British troops being sent in to restore order. Tensions were high between the colonists and British, and escalated as the months wore on. After sunset on the evening of March 5th, a crowd of colonists confronted a group of…

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The Audacity of Faith

Being a Roman emperor the middle of the Third Century wasn’t exactly easy. There were barbarians attacking the Roman empire from the north, peasant uprisings and civil wars, political instability and assassinations, unemployment and economic depression, and the devaluation of the denarius, the Roman currency. And then there were those…

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