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Just jibe talking

I can officially express publicly that I am an America’s Cup fanatic.  I find myself recording the sailboat races from the Great Sound of “The Rock,” the beautiful tiny island in …

Home alone

Port-O-Call: Centerville, Cape Cod — first cookout of summer

As we all know, dear readers, the Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial …

The exclamation point of the Fatima apparitions

In the first article of this mini-series in celebration of the centenary of the apparitions in Fatima, we looked at how the Church, in approving private revelations …

Faith handed on

The miracle of Pentecost is not just the descent of the Holy Spirit, but that it emboldened a group of timid disciples to go forth and tell the story of Jesus. …

The ethics of New Age medicine

Patients who face serious illnesses are sometimes attracted to alternative medicines, also referred to as “holistic” or “new-age” medicines. These can include treatments …

The Church’s call to magnanimity

Many of us had music lessons in childhood. Hours dedicated to scales, rote exercises, and simple songs laid the foundation, introducing us to the challenging …

Why Catholics should care about the First Amendment

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution, that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free …

Making disciples …

“Go, and make disciples of all nations.” The message of this week’s Gospel is a very straightforward one, leaving no doubt as to what is intended of each and every one of us. …

The Hawaiian welcome sign

Some of you may be familiar with the story about the little old lady, a pious and very innocent little old lady, who found a bumper sticker at …

Be brave. Be bold. Become.

Happy June everyone! A lot has transpired since the last time you’ve heard from me! Perhaps one of the most transformative experiences since starting …

Lit by love of God and neighbor

The word “lit” has become a term of art in social media culture. If something or someone is “lit” they are cool, hip or novel. As the 76th Catholic Charities …

Knowing when to face the truth and when to dream

On my radio, the Air Supply song, “Making Love Out of Nothing at All” was playing. The line: “I know just when to face the truth, and then I know just when to …

Eating Twinkies with God

Occasionally, when I have a few moments, I’ll scroll through my Facebook feed. Once in a while I’ll come across something that sparks my interest and may …

Time to (re)read the Sermon on the Mount

At the parish we began a book club a few months ago. The purpose is to read what are considered classics from the last 2,000 years. Once a month we gather to discuss the book …

Bloom where you are planted

I want to say “Happy spring” but I am beginning to think that we do not have a spring in New England any more. We seem to have winter, then fall, then summer, then back to fall. However, …

Where does your light shine?

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. …

The greatest mission for parents

Last month we watched Pope Francis travel to Fatima for the centenary of Our Lady’s apparitions to the three shepherd children, Lucia dos Santos and Jacinta and Francisco …

God’s plan of Salvation in the light of the second apparition of the Angel of Peace

Editor’s note: This guest column by Grace Small, a parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Attleboro and a high school teacher, is the second in a nine-part series …



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