Bishop Thomas J. Tobin
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Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” … more
I have always wanted to become a saint. Unfortunately, when I have compared myself with the saints, I have always found that there is the same difference between the saints and me, as there is … more
I live on a very busy highway, one that sees lots of traffic every day. And of course, over the years, the highway has slowly deteriorated, marked with ever-growing bumps and valleys, potholes and … more
A Eucharist which does not pass over into the concrete practiceof love is intrinsically fragmented. (Pope Benedict XVI) During this time of “Eucharistic Revival” that the Bishops of … more
Many years ago, in a random conversation with my dad about things religious, the phrase “The fear of the Lord” came up. And I distinctly remember my dad saying, “I’m not … more
St. Gregory the Great was a pope who lived in the second half of the 6th century and the beginning of the 7th. He’s been honored with the title “Great” because he had a profound and … more
You’ve probably heard the saying, “Age is just a number.” Well, I’m here to say, “No, it isn’t.” Age is much more than a number. There are lots of things … more
Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. As you know, some of the words of the Mass change frequently, depending on the … more
Perhaps prompted by the beginning of a new school year, recently I’ve been remembering my elementary school days, and some of the routines we had and the things we learned. And one of them was … more
The observance of the 150th Anniversary of the Diocese is nearing an end. For several months now we’ve had a number of devotional, educational and cultural events. This diocesan paper has … more
Each year in the springtime, following the Solemnities of Pentecost, the Most Holy Trinity, and Corpus Christi, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, one of the most … more
If there’s one thing the coronavirus pandemic has reminded us is that as members of the human family, we are all connected. The virus started apparently with one person in faraway China who … more
A few years back, I was travelling to a bishops meeting, dressed in clerical attire, seated next to a very nice young lady who engaged me in conversation. (Usually I avoid talking to people on … more
I have great love for St. Joseph, because he is a man of silence and strength. On my table I have an image of St. Joseph sleeping. Even when he is asleep, he is taking care of the Church. Yes! We … more
It was the headline I never expected to see: “Beware of Falling Iguanas.” And yet that was the local, even national, news story that appeared while I was on a brief vacation in Florida at … more
There’s a parable about a man and his young son who set out from their tiny village to go into town to buy provisions. When they started their journey, accompanied by their little donkey, the … more
Recently I came across a survey sponsored by psychologists from Cornell University that reported on the biggest regrets that people have in life. The survey said, “It’s not the things you … more
After a ceremony in one of our parishes, I went to the social hall to meet people, moving table to table to do so. Some of the folks very respectfully stood up to greet me, a gesture sincerely … more
May the God of peace make you perfectly holy, and may you entirely, spirit, soul and body, be reserved blameless for the coming of our Lord  Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and … more
February 2nd marks a beautiful Feast Day in the Catholic Church, the Presentation of the Lord. When Mary and Joseph, in fulfillment of the law, presented Jesus in the Temple, it was a very special … more
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