Good Friday: The Return

Drizzly, rainy day today.  Feels like Good Friday.  Uptown, the NY Tri-State youth team has already set out on their cross walk from Columbus Circle. I know from past years they will be touching hundreds if not thousands of souls with their witness as they collect prayers for their crosses on the long walk to

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Good Good Friday

It’s Good Friday and I don’t remember what’s so good about it.  I’m looking at the clouds settle in the highlands located way north of Manhattan and I’m wondering why it feels nice to have a cloudy gray sky today. I’m thinking about walls. There are walls all around St Patricks Old Cathedral. These are

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Holy Thursday: Into the Promised Land

It’s been a long night on the streets.  We started in mid-afternoon and have just brought the last soul in.  Into the Promised Land.  Into the Upper Room.  Monsignor Sakano reminds us of the transformative power of grace, of the upper room, and of how by touching our hearts, Jesus gives us his.  Jesus converts

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Spy Wednesday: Brothers in the Byways

If the last two nights were the story of a handful of missionaries panning for souls in a fast moving, at times overwhelming, secular river of souls, tonight was almost the polar opposite.  Tonight, the entire Cheshire seminary arrived, in force.  We sent them out in teams of four into the streets, throughout the parish

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NYC Holy Week Missions, Day 1: It Begins

SIGN UP TO BE A NYC HOLY WEEK MISSIONARY   |   MORE INFO 2018 Holy Week Mission Blog, Day 1 “It Begins” St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, SoHo, 2018.   One of the topics we’ve discussed with the missionaries  in our missionary boot camp program has been the role of you know who—the Prince of Darkness.  The Devil

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All You Need is Faith, Hope and Love

Dear Missionaries in Christ, In a few short days, we will be holding our 8th annual Ash Wednesday mission in So Ho.  Whether you are a mission regular caught up in the spiritual high of delivering needy souls to the Lord for healing, or an interested but as yet uncommitted bystander of this “Are you

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Abstaining from Holy Communion

Most of us would find it difficult to cultivate a friendship with someone who does not bother to ask for forgiveness when they have hurt us.  The pretense of acting as if nothing happened and yet constantly hurt us at the same time is difficult to bear.  It would seem to us as a double

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From Gloom to Joy

  Good Friday You changed my mourning into dancing; You took off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.  Psalm 30:12 Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral, SoHo.    The sun was shining brightly in SoHo today, and despite the solemn air of the occasion, a spirit of joy prevailed.  Good Friday is almost always the day

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