Father John A. Kiley
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It is helpful to recall from time to time that Christianity is 2,000 years old, and also to remember that the Judaeo-Christian tradition was established about 3,500 years ago. more
With all due respect, Jesus was a glutton for punishment. Jesus Christ exposed himself to the contempt of the Jewish leaders day after day, locale after locale. The Scribes, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Herodians and the Romans had nothing but scorn for the preacher from Galilee. more
The Ark of the Covenant was a large treasure chest which the Jews carried with them during their desert sojourn and finally enthroned in the temple of Solomon in the inner sanctum called the Holy of Holies. The contents of this sacred trunk are mentioned in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. more
It was a great privilege for Adam to be allowed by God to name all the animals. To name something or someone, or even to know the name of something or someone, was an ancient device for revealing a special relationship between the namer and the named. Adam gave names to all the animals as God had bid him. more
Fewer aspects of traditional Roman Catholic piety have changed more over the past 100 years than the various practices of self-denial that motivated and strengthened the saints and the faithful over the centuries. more
Mary Daly, militant feminist theologian, or perhaps better, belligerent feminist theologian from Boston College passed away recently. Daly made headlines a few years ago when she refused to allow men to attend her classes on the Chestnut Hill campus. more
English novelist W. Somerset Maugham observed that there is nothing particularly blessed about poverty. He wrote, “Poverty is the surest route to bitterness and resentment.” more
The Blessed Virgin Mary emerges twice in the Gospel according to St. John. Her initial arrival on the scene occurs in this coming Sunday’s Gospel account, the wedding feast at Cana, and her final appearance is made at the death and crucifixion of Jesus on Mount Calvary. Thus St. John frames Jesus’ entire pubic life with vignettes that feature Mary. more
The Gospel according to St. Luke is rightly called the “Gospel of Prayer.” The other Gospels certainly include several instructions of Jesus on the need and nature of prayer. Yet, it is St. Luke who actually records the words of prayers in his writings like the “Benedictus,” the “Magnificat,” the “Nunc Dimtiis” and the “Our Father.” more
St. Luke ends the childhood life of Jesus with Mary and Joseph finding of the young Christ in the temple and he ends the public life of the Savior with the two disciples discovering Jesus in the breaking of the bread. The two stories are actually one. The details are altered certainly, but the lesson is the same. more
In last Sunday’s Gospel, St. Luke presented his readers with down to earth examples of practical charity. Through the words of St. John the Baptist, the evangelist provided a program of care and compassion. more
In 1966, during my year as a deacon prefect at Our Lady of Providence Seminary on Warwick Neck, the college freshman class numbered one member who has recently received the personal affirmation of Pope Benedict XVI himself. more
St. John the Evangelist wrote it memorably and succinctly, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” The Greek original actually reads, “…and tabernacled among us.” One innovative translator has rendered that literally, “…he pitched his tent among us.” The ancient creeds convey the same message in time-honored if unadorned phraseology, “…he was born of the Virgin Mary and became man.” more
On most days in the Holy Land, a cooling breeze blows in from the sea shortly before sunset. The Book of Genesis refers to this refreshing gust as “the wind of the day” and it takes note that it was at this relaxed moment that God the Father would visit Adam and Eve to discuss the affairs of the day. more
The repudiation of Christopher Columbus as discoverer of America and his vilification as conqueror, exploiter and slave owner have become regular autumn events on some campuses and in certain cities. more
Judge Donald and Ursula Shea, residents of St. Francis of Assisi parish in Warwick, were recently honored when a scholarship in their name was endowed at Providence College for a student who would pursue a career in community service. more
One of the saddest revisions that occurred after the Second Vatican Council was the elimination of saints from the calendar, from sanctuaries and from prayers. Sts. Christopher and Philomena, Saints John and Paul, among many other of the blessed, were dropped from the church’s list of feast days. more
Jesus was undeniably a charitable person. His heart was troubled when he saw the crowds who were like sheep without a shepherd. His instinct was to feed the multitude in the wilderness rather than send them home unnourished. He was touched by the plight of the widow at Naim about the loss of her beloved son. more
There was a time when ransoming captives was a very relevant act of mercy. Moors from North Africa regularly captured unlucky Europeans and then demanded ransom from their unfortunate families. more
One of the saddest results of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century was the distressing neglect of sacred Scripture that resulted in the Catholic Church. Officially, the church never neglected Scripture. more
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