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The word “perfect” occurs only twice in the Gospel accounts, and both times it is St. Matthew who employs this superlative. In the account of the rich young man given a chance at discipleship, Jesus offers this challenge: “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” In this coming Sunday’s Gospel passage from the celebrated Sermon on the Mount, Jesus urges his disciples, “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” St. Luke for his part does include this last quote from Jesus, but in a slightly modified form. St. Luke recalls Jesus saying, “Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful,” or, as another translation reads, “Be compassionate, as your heavenly Father is compassionate.” Assessing all these quotations together, the reader may easily conclude that perfection consists in sensitivity toward the poor. Here the poor indicates not only the financially and materially impoverished, but also the emotionally and socially deprived. more
We’ve just celebrated Memorial Day, a beautiful occasion on which we fittingly remember and honor those who have given their lives in the service of our nation and also those who have served and continue to serve in the military. more
Catholic Churches, especially in the former predominantly Catholic areas in the Northeast, are closing or merging and have been doing so for the past decade. Some dioceses and some pastors are doing … more
Today a few thoughts about building bridges and opening doors, themes which have appeared in religious news stories in the last few weeks. On a national, even international level, there’s been a … more
St. Luke and the Prophet Isaiah rival one another in their expansive thoughts on the prospect of salvation for the worldwide community. St. Luke even stretches the words of Jesus a bit when he claims … more
PROVIDENCE — In a letter to members of the Class of 2020, issued on Monday, July 27, Providence College shared that the school determined that it will not be possible to hold an in-person Class … more
St. Ignatius of Antioch was perhaps only one generation removed from the Apostles. Some enthusiastically claim he was a disciple of St. John the Apostle. more
The Diocese of Providence invites representatives of religious congregations to speak each year in area parishes to raise funds for their missionary efforts. more
By Father Brian Morris Q: “The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is on December 8th. December 25 is the day we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Now, by using these dates either … more
With friends cheering her on along the parade route, St. Luke School graduate, and current St. Mary Academy - Bay View student, Jillian Fitting continued her role of Miss Fourth of July for the Town … more
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