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Pizza on the Patio Discernment Evening

PROVIDENCE — Men who are discerning a call to the priesthood are invited to gather for Pizza on the Patio at the Seminary of Our Lady of Providence, 485 Mount Pleasant Ave., on Monday, September 15 at 7 p.m. This will be an opportunity for men who have never been to Our Lady of Providence to see the seminary and get to know each other as they discuss discernment. The evening will conclude with Night Prayer. If interested in attending, e-mail Father Chris Murphy at FatherCJM@gmail.com, or call the Office of Vocations at 331-1316.
Faith, Reason and 9/11
The September 11 terrorist attacks on our nation thirteen years ago present us with a painful reminder of the devastating effects of an ideological extremism that purports to link faith in God with senseless violence. On the anniversary of these attacks in 2006, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI gave a lecture at the University of Regensburg, in Germany. In that talk he exposed, as a false dichotomy, faith separated from reason, and offered an example from a 14th Century Christian emperor that criticized fundamentalist Islam. Benedict articulated quite clearly that “violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul” and that spreading faith through violence is unreasonable.
Exaltation of the Holy Cross
It would be impossible not to notice the vast amount of suffering in the world around us. Suffering on a global scale can be found on the Internet, in the newspaper and on the evening news. Each one of us experiences it in a deeply personal way through everyday life in a broken and fallen world. This is the universal experience of the cross.
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