Father John A. Kiley
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Seventy years ago a new house, one lot up, was built on my street. Max Diamond, a local mattress salesman, constructed a bricked-front cottage, garage and smart landscaping. During several very hot … more
God calls all manner of men and women to be his prophets, his seers, his saints. The prophet Amos, whose words are heard in this Sunday’s first reading, was a landscape gardener. He might have … more
Now that the Church’s liturgy is back in Ordinary (that is, numbered) Time, the Gospel account according to St. Mark will be proclaimed from Catholic pulpits until Advent. St. Mark’s … more
From the creation account in Genesis, through the release of the Hebrews from Egypt, during the sojourn in the wilderness and even into the apocalyptic visions of the later Hebrew Scriptures, it is … more
The Hebrew Scripture prophet Ezekiel is inspired in this coming Sunday’s first reading to compare the Kingdom of God to a mighty cedar tree which will “put forth branches and bear … more
In the very early Biblical accounts of the creation of mankind in the Book of Genesis, among the first Divine Words uttered are found, “Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness … more
A month ago this column outlined my pleasant experience of participating at Mass from a parish pew rather than a presidential chair. Experiencing the broad inclusion of the laity into various parts … more
“How Green Was My Valley” was a 1941 film production of a 1939 novel about the Morgan family, a Welsh household in the late nineteenth century who faced challenging work in the coal mines … more
A recent decree from the Vatican announced that henceforth private Masses would not be permitted at the numerous side altars in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The edict was immediately … more
This June will mark 10 years that I have been retired from the active ministry. Well, sort of. Immediately upon my retirement Father Bernard Healey hired me to assist at St. Ambrose Church in Albion, … more
Catholic piety has traditionally pictured St. John the Apostle as a young man of mild disposition. The reference to St. John as the one whom Jesus loved and the allusion to his leaning close to Jesus … more
When the Italian community first moved into Woonsocket, these newcomers were allowed to offer their own Mass in the basement of St. Charles Borromeo Church in that city, but not at the main altar in … more
In the thirteenth century St. Thomas Aquinas composed a brief antiphon to be sung at vespers for the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. The angelic doctor’s select phrases summarized … more
St. Mary’s Trappist Abbey in nearby Wrentham welcomes visitors not only to its gift shop and candy counter but also to the public transept in its chapel. Daily Mass at an early hour and the … more
The Providence of God wisely determined that Jesus Christ should rise from the dead during Israel’s springtime. And Christ rose not only in the spring but also in a garden. Succeeding … more
Although his Gospel account is considerably briefer than the narratives of his fellow evangelists, St. Mark goes into great detail relating the humiliation that Jesus Christ experienced before … more
Blessed Charles de Foucauld was a well-to-do nineteenth century French military man. He travelled extensively with the French Foreign Legion in Africa and always kept a soft place in his heart for … more
Although the Italian people date back at least to Roman times, the country identified today as Italy only traces back about a century and a half. Before 1870 Italy consisted of the Kingdom of the Two … more
The Catholic Mass is clearly addressed to God the Father. As the first or Roman canon solemnly proclaims, “To you, therefore, most merciful Father, we make humble prayer and petition through … more
When a believer has finished saying his or her prayers, it is most likely then that the pious soul really has begun to pray. Traditional prayers are the lullaby, if you will, that quiets down the … more
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