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“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:37). more
It’s January, and that means that the Rhode Island General Assembly has once again commenced with “the people’s work” in another legislative session, which this year began on New Year’s Day. Of great concern are the severe budget deficits and limited funding for programs that affect those who live on the fringe of our society. It is the powerless and voiceless poor who will be directly affected most by the budget cuts and trims that undoubtedly will be brought forward for consideration. The issue of same-sex marriage will once again be pushed by a small but vocal minority as they seek legal recognition. more
The great 19th century American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, wrote the poem "Christmas Bells" on Christmas day of 1864 in the midst of the American Civil War and in response to the news that his son Charles had been seriously wounded in battle. Amidst his despair, which he recorded in his personal journal, is found the poem which testifies to a sense of hope found in the celebration of Christmas. more
The Gospel this weekend reminds us that Jesus comes to us to bring sight to the blind, let the lame walk again, cleanse the lepers, bring hearing to the deaf, raise the dead and to proclaim the good news to the poor. The news is not good for thousands of Rhode Island poor families. They face devastating cuts in assistance and aid from state agencies. Many of them face the prospect of no health insurance coverage for themselves and their children. more
Rhode Island high schools have faced the grave problem of underage drinking in recent years as too many young people have died in tragic accidents as the result of drunk driving. Grief has grown into outrage as the problem has not subsided but seems only to be increasing among students of both our public and private schools. more
Thousands of Rhode Islanders have no electricity or heat as the number of households in the state that have lost utility service is at an all-time high. more
Today our nation carries on a tradition that goes back at least to the time of Abraham Lincoln — setting aside a Thursday late in November as a national day of prayer and thanksgiving. We are reminded of our origins as Americans, and of the pilgrims who came to this land searching for freedom — freedom of religion and freedom of expression. We thank God for our heritage, but we must reflect on how we have carried on our forebears’ traditions of tolerance and freedom. more
The peddlers of the cure-all, known as embryonic stem cell research, were dealt a serious blow last week in New Jersey. more
“The poor cry out for justice and equality and we respond with legalized abortion.” These powerful words appearing in a full-page ad in Roll Call, The Hill, Congressional Quarterly Today, and Congress Daily AM, were attributed to Grace Olivarez, a dissenting member of John D. Rockefeller III’s federal advisory commission on population. more
November is traditionally known as “All Souls” month in the Catholic Church. It is the time when Catholics remember the dead in prayer, especially at Masses offered for deceased relatives and … more
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