A Mother’s Love Letter

Recently, I was invited to an “All 80’s Party.” For fun, admittance would require a high school photo. Our family moved to Pleasantville, NY 19 years ago, at which time I tucked away one small box in the corner of the top shelf in a spare closet. It contained random keepsakes that had survived the

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Inside the Cup

Wash your hands! Watch your distance! Don’t touch anything or anyone! Over the last two years, we have taken our hygiene to the next level—and many continue to worry that the air around them is germ-filled and dangerous. We’re now used to masking up, and we’ve learned to pump the Purell at every turn. We’ve

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Last Chance Saturday

NYC Holy Week Mission Day 7 – Holy Saturday St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, SoHo.  Some of our missionaries like to refer to Holy Saturday as “Last Chance Saturday”, i.e. the last chance before Easter to get in that Confession you’ve been promising us you’d do all week.  And for those of you keeping up on

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These Things the Lord Has Done

NYC Holy Week Mission Day 6 – Good Friday  “And my soul shall live for Him, my children serve Him. They shall tell of the Lord for generations yet to come, Declare His faithfulness to peoples yet unborn: These things the Lord has done.” Ps 22: 31-32 Prince and Mott, St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral.  As

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A Day to Sow

NYC Holy Week Mission Day 5 – Holy Thursday Sign up to be a Holy Week Missionary! Corner of Prince and Mott, St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, SoHo.  There are days to harvest, and days to sow.  Today was a day to sow.  Holy Thursdays are often like this.  The great Easter holiday can creep up

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Loving them Home

NYC Holy Week Mission Day 4 St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, SoHo.  On a beautiful warm and sunny spring day, our little missionary team of ½ dozen lay missionaries and 2 dozen joyful seminarians, headed south to our old stomping grounds, the increasingly trendy neighborhood around St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral.  Some things had changed since our

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Opening a Path to Easter

NYC Holy Week Mission A woman walks into Saint Patrick’s Cathedral for reasons she doesn’t understand or question. Born under Communism in Eastern Europe, she made her way to America in the 1990s and went on to build an investment business with multiple offices in the U.S. and abroad. She is confident and well put

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Amazing Grace at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

NYC Holy Week Mission Day 3 A truly amazing day, full of Amazing Grace. What a blessing to encourage so many to receive the sacrament of reconciliation! One young woman was very reluctant to confess her sins, but with the grace of God, she finally went into the confessional. When she came out, she spent

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Two Worlds

NYC Holy Week Mission Day 2 St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, New York.  It’s 9:00 pm, and the last penitents of the evening have left, light and happy.  Over the course of the evening, our small band of a dozen lay missionaries had spoken with hundreds of souls passing through the cathedral, distributed 750 rosaries,

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