Father John A. Kiley
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Readers of the Gospel accounts quickly realize that the early Christian saga occurs intermittently between Galilee on the north and Judea on the south of the Holy Land. Most of the action occurs in … more
A rustic chapel has served the summer community at Matunuck for decades. And now, as Rhode Islanders leave the chill of the Blackstone Valley and other spots north for the comforts of the shore line, … more
The Second Vatican Council (1962-65) neatly coincided with the political, social and psychological upheaval that gripped the Western World in the middle of the last century. The Beatles from Great … more
St. Anthony of Padua, whose feast is June 13, is often depicted holding an open Bible on which the Christ child sits with a hand raised in blessing. The tender image does not commemorate an event in … more
In response to a number of disturbing surveys, the American bishops have become quite concerned about the belief of American Catholics in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. A disturbing … more
Just about every nationality in Europe can proudly boast of a missionary or monk who first brought the Catholic faith to their border or their shores. Clearly, Italy has the most impressive bragging … more
Preachers, and often Church teachings and perhaps even the Scriptures sometimes divide the activity of the Holy Trinity into three convenient categories: God the Father is the creator; God the Son is … more
The Second Vatican Council, the first council in Church history even to mention the word “laity,” rightly has shed much light on the assorted vocations and ministries open to all Roman … more
The Ascension of Jesus Christ into heavenly glory was not so much the conclusion of his earthly ministry as it was the beginning of his heavenly ministry. Jesus in heaven is still the mediator … more
Occasionally, in anthologies of popular prayers, one might come across a series of petitions entitled “Mary Stewart’s Prayer,” or, correctly, “Mary Stewart’s … more
It is difficult to believe that 10 years have passed since the Holy Year of Mercy in 2015 drew pilgrims to Rome and occasioned regional celebrations throughout the Catholic world. The prayerful … more
Travelers through Eastern Europe have often observed primitive huts constructed from corn stalks or sunflower shoots large enough to shelter a farm laborer overnight. Harvesters know that the time … more
Although St. Peter made himself scarce during the hours of Christ’s passion and death, he soon became keenly and sadly aware of the humiliation and suffering that Jesus experienced during his … more
Many worthy words of Jesus Christ have become part of daily conversations without the speaker even being aware of their sacred origin. References to turning the “other cheek” and going … more
In Easter Sunday’s first reading, St. Peter is resolved that Jesus Christ was a good man. “He went about doing good,” the head of the apostolic band insists, “healing all … more
In St. Mark’s Gospel account, the measures for the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on what later generations have understandably described as Palm Sunday are quite similar to the arrangements … more
Jesus Christ was applauded by throngs in life and jeered by crowds at death. And the crowds were extensive. “Large crowds followed Him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and … more
It is certainly rare that a pagan king be praised at all in the Sacred Scriptures and definitely not in the Old Testament. So, the laudatory words written about the Persian King Cyrus in the Second … more
The Book of Exodus reveals that at Mount Sinai, Moses was given instructions for a portable tent or tabernacle that was to be a sanctuary, a holy place, and the center of Israel’s worship. This … more
Clearly Jesus was not the first Biblical personality to spend 40 days and 40 nights in the Judean desert. In fact, Biblical scholars cite at least 24 times when the number 40 can be cited in the … more
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