Bishop Thomas J. Tobin
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One of the things I’ve discovered about getting older is that I tend to be more cautious in carrying out everyday activities. When unloading groceries from the car to the kitchen, I carry just … more
February 2nd is, of course, Groundhog Day, when lots of Americans pause early in the morning to watch a furry little rodent from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania predict the weather for the next six weeks. … more
In my nearly forty-nine years as a priest, I have celebrated Holy Mass thousands of times. And even though it has become a very familiar part of my routine, sometimes in saying Holy Mass new … more
A “polyglot” is defined as “a person who knows and is able to use several languages.” I admit that I’m not one of them, and I’ve had several experiences in life to … more
With just a flip of a page on the calendar, a new year has begun. For many of us the beginning of a new year is an occasion to reflect on the events of the past year – the blessings and the … more
Bishop Tobin is pleased to share once again this year his favorite column about Christmas.My mom loved Christmas. Each year it quickened her step and lifted her spirits, creating a lot of activity in … more
I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t like Christmas music. Oh, there might be a few Grinches out there somewhere, but I’ve yet to meet them. Of course some folks … more
Along with the prophets of the Old Testament, particularly Isaiah, and with our Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary, one of the lead characters of the Advent Season is John the Baptist. In the liturgy of … more
If you’re into classical music at all, you’re already familiar with Boléro, the one-movement symphonic piece written by the French composer, Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). It’s a … more
One of the most intriguing incidents in the early ministry of Jesus involved the cleansing of a leper. The Gospel of Mark (1: 40-45) records that a man with leprosy approached Jesus, knelt before … more
I don’t travel too much anymore. I don’t look forward to it and I don’t enjoy it, especially now with the extra burden of all of the Covid restrictions, as necessary as they might … more
The supply chain. It’s another one of those pandemic phrases that has, regrettably, forced its way into everyday conversation. According to Wikipedia, the commercial supply chain is “a … more
In reading obituaries I often find a statement that John or Mary passed away peacefully, “surrounded by their loving family.” The death may have occurred in a hospital, care facility or … more
One of my favorite verses about the Word of God comes from Psalm 119: “Your word, O Lord, is a lamp for my steps and a light for my path.” The Word of God as a lamp to light our path … more
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people and set them free . . . He promised of old that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us. (Lk 1:68; … more
“The Rosary, so easy and yet so rich, deserves to be rediscovered by the Christian community . . . The Rosary remains a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of … more
I don’t do much online shopping. I don’t like it and I’m not very good at it. What I end up getting shipped to me always seems different than what I ordered. I much prefer to shop … more
I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you from all your impuritiesand from all your idols I will cleanse you. I will give youa new heart and place a new spirit within you. (Ez 36: … more
So, while I was walking down the aisle of a local supermarket recently, a very nice gentleman passing by asked me, out of the clear blue, “How are the Steelers going to do this year?” … more
So, the Diocese of Providence has now begun the celebration of its sesquicentennial – the 150th anniversary of its founding in 1872. Our jubilee, which will conclude in June of next year will … more
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