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Isidore was born in Alexandria and left the city as a youth to join a monastery in Lychnos, near Pelusium. He was eventually ordained to the priesthood and later became abbot of the monastery. He … more
La Salette Shrine to hold healing service ATTLEBORO, Mass. - The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, 947 Park St., will host a "Hispanic Healing Service," Feb. 4, 2:30 p.m. The service … more
First of all, then, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions and thanksgiving be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority. (I Tm 2:1) God’s fourth commandment also enjoins us to honor all who for our good have received authority in society from God. Those subject to authority should regard those in authority as representatives of God. (The Catechism of the Catholic Church.) more
During my recent illness and hospitalization I had a couple of brand new experiences. more
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer Had a very shiny nose. And if you ever saw it You would even say it glows. All of the other reindeer Used to laugh and call him names. They never let poor Rudolph Join in any reindeer games. Then one foggy Christmas Eve Santa came to say: “Rudolph with your nose so bright Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?” Then all the reindeer loved him And they shouted out with glee: “Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer You’ll go down in history!” more
It is said that every man has a natural desire to do three things: plant a tree, write a book and father a child. The particulars of the proverb aside, the point is that every person yearns to leave behind something of permanent value when he departs the earth. Bishop Thomas Francis Hendricken, first Bishop of Providence, certainly accomplished that goal - in a glorious Cathedral and in a spiritual heritage that lives on even now, 120 years after his death. more
During the Season of Advent, soon upon us, our thoughts and prayers focus on the Second Coming of Christ when, at the end of time, He will return in glory. Advent, then, is an opportunity to recall what the Church teaches us about the end times – Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, Limbo, the Second Coming of Christ and the Final Judgment. more
Give thanks frequently to God for all the benefits He has conferred on you, that you may be worthy to receive more. (St. Louis of France) Gratitude is born in … more
By now you’ve probably noticed that the stores are stocked with Christmas items – cards, decorations, trees and gifts – a sure sign that Halloween is just around the corner! Of course the Halloween stuff has been on the counters since Labor Day so we should be well-prepared for our annual foray into the nether world. more
You’ve probably heard the story of the little boy who, with his family, was greeting the parish priest after Sunday Mass. “Father,” said the lad, “when I grow up I’m going to give you all the money I have!” “Well that’s very nice,” said the priest, “but why would you do a thing like that?” The boy responded, “Because my dad just said that you’re the poorest preacher we’ve ever had!” more
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