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September 24th is the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy, celebrated worldwide in a special way by the Sisters of Mercy. Noted for their work among the poor, the Sisters of Mercy were founded by Catherine … more
Rites of spring go as far back in history as we know it. Myths and legends, maypoles and dancing celebrate the longer days and warmer temperatures. The first sight of budding trees and flowers … more
“Patris Corde” is the title of the Apostolic Letter Pope Francis wrote to introduce the Year of St. Joseph which he proclaimed would extend from December 2020 to December 2021. The Latin … more
It was Holy Thursday Evening. The little boy wasn’t yet three years old. He was at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper with his grandmother. They are at Mass together almost every Sunday … more
A five-year-old boy, dressed in a new grey suit, carried a relic of the newly beatified Father Michael J. McGivney, and presented it to the Pope’s delegate at the beatification ceremony last … more
Traveling south on Route 95 entering Providence, R.I., for many years, there was graffiti written on the side of an overpass. In enormous letters it said, “It is a sin to build a nuclear … more
The priest was a former businessman who had owned and operated a construction company with his brother. During the unrest following the recent killing of George Floyd, while in police custody, work … more
A little girl kneels at her window at night and prays to God for her family while she gazes at a cross on a hill in her city. A priest from that city is on the hill blessing the city with holy water. … more
There are many editorials and commentaries on these times of COVID-19. In addition to the actual news from the medical and congressional fields and the number of cases and deaths in states, there are … more
St. Valentine’s Day seems to have been taken over by the greeting card companies, the candy-makers and the florists. Even when we live with people who know we love them, there is something … more
January 1 was the 53rd World Day of Peace in the Catholic Church. Having begun by Pope St. Paul VI in 1967, every Pope since then has continued the tradition of writing a pastoral letter on Peace on … more
It was Saturday morning, the day before the First Sunday of Advent. The usual impressive size crowd was at the 6 a.m. Mass. The priest was giving the homily in which he was reminding everyone that … more
November is a month of remembrance and gratitude, from the start of the month with All Saints Day and All Souls Day to the end of the month with Thanksgiving Day. We remember with gratitude those we … more
Among the many activities of June, in addition to weddings, graduations, and the beginning of summer, Father’s Day takes on a special significance. This year, four first grade girls revealed … more
There is a community in New England that has a cross on a hill overlooking the city. At night, the cross is lit and can be seen from most of the city, which is built on six additional hills. A little … more
Child abuse of any kind – physical, sexual, emotional – is unmitigated evil, criminal and mortally sinful. Anyone who knows about it and does nothing is as … more
In 1985, Father Mary Jenco, a Servite priest was taken hostage in Beirut and held for 19 months, suffering gravely at the hands of a Shiite group. After his return, he traveled around the country … more
Within the past few weeks there was an amazing rescue of a twelve-year-old boy whose foot got caught in a drain at a water resort. It was only a few feet of water but the boy’s head couldn’t … more
The rain was torrential. The sanitation worker was in the yard standing near his truck, waiting to begin his route. In an attempt to get out of the downpour, he jumped into the back of the truck, … more
Walter Brueggermann, a scripture scholar, has done extensive work on the study of prophets in the scripture. Connecting passion with prophecy he claims “the possibility of passion is a primary … more
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