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Well there’s a controversy circulating around a recent phone conversation between President Trump and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

Actually, the phone call involved Dolan and a number of other Catholic leaders. Its purpose was to address concerns about Catholic education — concerns related to financial issues, enrollment, and the impact of COVID-19. During the course of the phone call, the president and the Cardinal (more…)

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Well, we’ve crossed the threshold into the second month of our national emergency…that is, for those of us who live in the U.S.  For many other places, it’s been longer than that.

And from all indications, we still have a healthy stretch ahead of us.

During this time of quarantine and uncertainty, faith can be a major source of sustenance.

Most people who know me am aware that I (more…)

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EWTN is offering live Eucharistic Adoration, every day from 9 AM to 6 PM ET.

For the link to the video from England’s Tyburn Convent, click here.

Acknowledgement

By Juan de Juanes – [2], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23065137

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Video embedded for aesthetic purposes only

For parts one and two, click here.

So I ended the last installment on this note:

I hope to communicate my disagreement diplomatically, with a due regard to what the G.O.T. story gets right. We’ll get to that next time.

What our show runners “get right” in terms of historical perceptiveness is precisely what many G.O.T. fans felt they got wrong story-wise.

Like I said, the winning of the Great War and the death of Melisandre suggest something of the actual historical movement (more…)

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Okay…let me open with Jack London, who made the following remarks in describing “the Wild” in winter: (more…)

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As a New York State resident, my head and heart hang low.  Many of you may have heard of an assault on a Rabbi outside his home near New York City a day or so ago, the thirteenth in a string of anti-Semitic attacks in just the last month.

If any of my elder brothers and sisters in faith are reading this right now, please accept my heartfelt condolences, love, and assurance of prayers.

I cannot help but look at the parallel histories of our respective peoples — viz., Jews and Christians.  Both have spread, like twin streams, throughout different societies, abiding as strangers and sojourners.  Both have endured hardship and isolation — one with the hope of their Messiah, the other with the hope of their Messiah’s Return.

Let us, then, not forget one another, but strive together for peace.  We’ve just passed through seasons characterized by the lighting of trees and candles, which draws to mind the immortal words of St. John the Apostle:

Now this is the message that we have heard from him and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.

– 1 John 1:5

Peace, and God bless.

Acknowledgement

By ארכיון השומר הצעיר יד יערי – Hashomer Hatzair Archives Yad Yaari, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5840684

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Within a lodge of broken bark
The tender Babe was found,
A ragged robe of rabbit skin
Enwrapp’d His beauty ‘round;
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The chiefs from far before Him (more…)

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For part one, click here.

From the observations I made (more…)

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This is an updated version of an article I posted four years ago, in the midst of an El Niño December.  Mother Nature has decidedly “cooled off” this year, but I doubt whether the debate over Santa Claus has followed suit.

Let’s get right to it: Can Christians claim Santa as their own, as being (more…)

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