The Quiet Corner
Father John A. Kiley
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When the phone rang, I answered with the customary and simple “Hello.” The voice on the other end of the line inquired, “Hello, John?” As soon as someone addresses me as … more
When I was in grammar school, a prayer for vocations was distributed regularly to all the students who recited that prayer daily before class.  To this day, I remember the prayer word for … more
Roger Williams established the historic First Baptist Church in America, which still meets at the foot of Providence’s College Hill. But Williams remained leader of that Christian community … more
The nineteenth century meant tough times for Catholic Europe. Queen Elizabeth (Isabella) II of Spain was deposed in 1868. France toppled four monarchs during this epoch: Louis XVIII in 1824; Charles … more
Certainly one of the most significant contributions of the Second Vatican Council toward the Catholic appreciation of salvation history is the decree Nostra Aetate in which the proper relationship … more
A novel that has been popular for decades and that was made into a movie in the 1950s is The Diary of a Country Priest, by the pious French author, George Bernanos. The novel’s grim mood is … more
Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were not only stenographers, taking down the words of Jesus Christ and recording them for future generations. The four evangelists were also editors, revising and … more
“Clunk, clink, clunk, clink, clink… .” The odd sounds heard over the telephone occasioned an understandable question: “What’s that noise?” “What … more
Although the Far East nation of India is overwhelmingly Hindu, an ancient Christian church community has existed since Apostolic times along the country’s Malabar Coast. A very strong tradition … more
At Bethlehem’s manger, Jesus Christ came to earth in the flesh. St. John affirmed: “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” St. Paul testified that Jesus was “a man like us … more
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