Harlem

Harlem has changed so much. I remember friends getting off Metro North commuter rail at 125th street by mistake and being told that they should get on the next train immediately. A hulking fearsome figure Looked out for them then. Now, Harlem’s grand avenue looks Much like the Times Square of old. Character in it’s […]

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Subway Prayers

I want to write a book of subway prayers. I know many people who tell me that the subway is their favorite place to pray and it was also one of mine. Amid the crackling sparks of the rail and the chatter and the rumbles of each train a certain peace can exist. It is […]

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Seeing Jesus in the Bronx

I’m working with my students in the South Bronx at Mercy Center, which is an amazing place in the 2nd poorest income bracket in the US. They provide much for women and children, one of the many charisms of the Sisters of Mercy. Our students are providing a winter camp for the young folks who […]

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Sleep is Precious

Lord, today I remember those who have no place to sleep. Or those who sleep in less than comfortable surroundings. I’m traveling with my students in my hometown of NYC today. The place we’re staying is an old rectory, perhaps a convent. With rickety box springs and futons for our beds. I may have gotten […]

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A Subway Morning Prayer

I never thought I’d thank God For the Subway New Yorkshire sardine can Transportation system. But oh how I miss thee Even with your delays and “stopped traffic ahead”, The subway brings life together Huddled masses from the cold Into a new and wonderful collective. Friends say I am being nostalgic, Lord. But I know […]

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Peace to Grant

As many of you know, I worked in radio for some 10 years. And one of the shows I worked on was a show called The Bob Grant Show. For people outside of the New York City area this may not be a household name, but in the 90s, Bob Grant WAS conservative talk radio. […]

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As I Drive

The snowy morning begins as I start my drive to the airport. The snow cascades off my brush in white powdery swoops. I don’t look forward to driving and on an unplowed 3AM road I look forward to it less. But you, O Lord, look forward to my every move, awaiting it with the anticipation […]

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A New Year of Blogging…I Hope

So it’s 2014 and my blogging has curtailed somewhat since I started being director of campus ministry at Canisius. It’s also because this blog has somehow been getting hacked. I think we finally got the bugs out and I will be trying to take this in some new directions this year. Some early thoughts on […]

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You May Be Wondering…

These pages have been not coming your way as frequently as they have been in the past. Well, there’s a few reasons for that. One is that I’m pretty busy with my new gig at Canisius. The second is that the site got hacked and I’m wary about posting without a serious overhaul to the […]

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Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross

The disciples all left, save one. Along with his mother the beloved disciple stayed at the foot of the cross. And in my imagination I often enter into this scene and I picture Mary, the Mother of Jesus, looking at the beloved disciple and saying “You’re not going to leave me here all alone are […]

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