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October 9, 2012

I’ve been feeling a rush of emotion as I prepare for the last issue of The Long Island Catholic

I’ve been feeling a rush of emotion as I prepare for the last issue of The Long Island Catholic as a weekly newspaper.

After all, I have been here for a little more than 26 years, slightly more than half of the existence of the paper, as founded by Bishop Walter Kellenberg and Msgr. Richard Hanley, our first editor.
The emotions hit as I try to finish up my last stories, knowing they are the last stories that I will write for TLIC readers but also as I go through my e-mails, file drawers, and a stack of papers on my desk.

October 9, 2012

For many years I thought of friendships, and indeed all interpersonal relationships

For many years I thought of friendships, and indeed all interpersonal relationships among human beings, as more or less extrinsic to religion and spiritual growth. Though I never thought of friendships as sinful or somehow harmful, I did not think of them as central to taking the Christian life seriously. I think there was a time when I thought of friendships as something of a distraction, certainly not as essential to religion. Now I see close, intimate friendships as very much connected to our relationship to God.

October 9, 2012

A rich man comes to Jesus and asks: “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

A rich man comes to Jesus and asks: “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10: 17). Please do not stop reading just because you are not rich. And, if you are rich, please don’t feel set upon. As I hope we discover, the matter of wealth is not the main point in the story. But if you are worried about all your riches, I can put them to good use!

October 9, 2012

As we continue our exploration of Eucharistic Prayer II, we come now to the parts that follow

As we continue our exploration of Eucharistic Prayer II, we come now to the parts that follow the acclamations of “The Mystery of Faith.”

October 9, 2012

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Wisdom 7:7-11
Responsorial: Psalm 90:12-17
Second Reading: Hebrews 4:12-13
Gospel: Mark 10:17-27

In four-score years, one lives through many passages; family, friends, familiar places and things that were taken for granted are gone. Their passing stirs up resting memories just as a strong wind sends flying the pile of leaves in a hidden corner.

October 3, 2012

Before you vote in November, please consider this: two radically different choices face

BY MSGR. DANIEL S. HAMILTON

October 3, 2012

One of the privileges any Diocesan Pontifical Mission director receives comes in the form

One of the privileges any Diocesan Pontifical Mission director receives comes in the form of letters from missionaries either from our diocese or from other dioceses throughout the world who write to the office about their ministries, their hopes and challenges, and most especially about the people they serve.

October 3, 2012

Last June, my wife and I marked our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. I can’t really

Last June, my wife and I marked our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. I can’t really say celebrated, because still being in the middle of chemotherapy treatments, I wasn’t really up to much of a celebration. Hopefully we’ll get some special time together in the coming months, as I gradually return to full strength.

October 3, 2012

Not long ago, I joined some friends at St. John’s Cemetery in Queens to pray by the grave

Not long ago, I joined some friends at St. John’s Cemetery in Queens to pray by the grave of Msgr. Walter Murphy, a diocesan priest who had passed away in April. Someone nearby observed, “All the priests of the diocese of Brooklyn are buried here.” My eyes scanned the plain bronze plaques in row upon row on the ground, searching for one name in particular. In two minutes, I was standing beside the grave of my childhood pastor, Father John Callahan, for the first time since the morning of his funeral over 20 years ago.

October 3, 2012

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Genesis 2:18-24
Responsorial Psalm: 128: 1-6
Second Reading: Hebrews 2:9-11
Gospel: Mark 10:2-16

No. He was not.

September 25, 2012

Recently I have been recalling my experience of studying philosophy as an undergraduate

Recently I have been recalling my experience of studying philosophy as an undergraduate in the major seminary many years ago. Statements professors made and ideas I read at that time in books about philosophy, which meant little to me when I first was introduced to them, came to be very important and influential years later in my understanding of myself, my neighbor and God.

September 25, 2012

Many years ago I brought Holy Communion regularly to a woman in her late 80s.

September 25, 2012

In all the Eucharistic Prayers, after the consecration of the bread and wine, the priest sings

In all the Eucharistic Prayers, after the consecration of the bread and wine, the priest sings or says, “The mystery of faith,” and the people respond with one of three acclamations. These acclamations were inserted into the Eucharistic Prayer as a result of the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council. Their purpose is to increase the participation of the faithful.

September 25, 2012

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Numbers 11:25-29
Responsorial Psalm: 19:8, 10, 12-14
Second Reading: James 5:1-6
Gospel: Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

James, traditionally considered the author of this Second Reading and called the “brother of the Lord,” was the leader of the community of disciples in Jerusalem after the death of Jesus.

September 20, 2012

When people hear about the homeless living in the woods alongside Long Island’s highways

When people hear about the homeless living in the woods alongside Long Island’s highways, most shake their heads in disbelief. Unfortunately, out of sight is out of mind, but the homeless are there nonetheless. I’ve often wondered what would happen if they slept on the roads’ shoulders instead, for the world to see.  I happen to believe that the good people of Long Island would take action immediately to help.

September 20, 2012

My youngest son, Michael, transferred to a bigger college for his sophomore year, a school

My youngest son, Michael, transferred to a bigger college for his sophomore year, a school that is part of New York’s public university system. We made the four hour drive to drop him off a few weeks ago. His first question upon setting foot on campus was “What is there to eat? I’m starving.” Michael is six foot six, 200 pounds and always hungry; thank God for those “unlimited” college meal plans.

September 20, 2012

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20
Responsorial Psalm: 54:3-6, 8
Second Reading: James 3:16-4:3
Gospel: Mark 9:30-37

September 11, 2012

Reading and thinking about the new evangelization has moved me to reflect on just what

Reading and thinking about the new evangelization has moved me to reflect on just what is meant by a conversion. Two thinkers who have helped me reflect on the experience of conversion are St. Augustine and the great 20th century Jesuit theologian Bernard Lonergan. When I read what Lonergan wrote about conversion and tried to come up with examples of the types of conversion that Lonergan identified, I found parts of St. Augustine’s “Confessions” helpful.

September 11, 2012

One benefit of being ordained over 40 years is the history a priest shares with people.

One benefit of being ordained over 40 years is the history a priest shares with people. I recently performed a wedding for the son of friends I met in my first assignment. I married the parents 38 years ago. I have baptized most of their children and grandchildren and have now performed the nuptials of their four children.

The memories I shared at Kevin’s wedding to Meghan centered on the theme of perspective, something I realized after the event. Here are the stories that lead to the theme.

September 11, 2012

As we continue our examination of the text of Eucharistic Prayer II, we come to the

As we continue our examination of the text of Eucharistic Prayer II, we come to the words of Consecration for the bread and the wine, which are the same for all the Eucharistic Prayers. A key element in Eucharistic theology is that the narrative always mentions the four-fold Eucharistic actions of taking, blessing (giving thanks), breaking and giving; it is by the Church’s ritual repetition of these actions that we, like disciples on the road to Emmaus, recognize that Jesus is present among us in this holy meal.

September 11, 2012

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Is 50:4c-5a
Responsorial Psalm: 116:1-6, 8-9
Second Reading: James 2:14-18
Gospel: Mark 8:27-35

September 4, 2012

Each summer, parishes throughout our diocese welcome missionary priests, religious

September 4, 2012

The book. You know what I’m talking about. The book everyone seems to be talking

September 4, 2012

It was open season on Cardinal Timothy Dolan two weeks ago, after it was announced

It was open season on Cardinal Timothy Dolan two weeks ago, after it was announced that he would give the benediction closing the Republican National Convention. With thanks to the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, here is a sampling of the vitriol:

September 4, 2012

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Isaiah 35:4-7a
Responsorial: Psalm 146:7-10
Second Reading: James 2:1-5
Gospel: Mark 7: 31-37

We proclaim over and over that the Christian message is the “Gospel,” the “Good News.” To let God into our lives is to open the door for His peace, compassion, healing, forgiveness.