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If I had a dollar for every …

There’s an old expression: “I wish a had a dollar for every ... then I’d be a millionaire.” 

Well, ironically enough, I wish I had a dollar every time I have started with an …

Destruction and rebuilding

Except among the devout who live Holy Week as a Sacred octave, Monday of Holy Week is normally low-key, a day seemingly like any other, when believers and non-believers succumb …

The power of Cursillo

“Young people do not ask the Church for anything because they do not see her as significant in their lives” [CV40]. 

This was the conclusion that came from the Synod on Youth and …

It’s not just about the frozen embryos

I remember a conversation I had with a married Catholic couple a few years ago. They were feeling lost and desperate over their inability to conceive a child. They were casting …

Living with integrity

Recently, two young men identifying as women stood atop Connecticut’s high school podiums after their track victories, putting their competitors in an awkward situation. To grumble …

Abortion at the extremes

One of the crazier features of politics these days is that opponents of our quixotic president seem to have themselves become unhinged: When he cuts federal funds to Planned …

What, it’s right in front of me!

Our lives are filled with so many things, we may be employed or students, may be married or single, be caring for children or elderly parents. Whatever it is that fills our days, …

The day I lost my sole

It all started in the morning of April 4 when I went to our Kalaupapa International Airport to meet a plane-load of young men and women who were arriving on Saints Damien and …

Who is my neighbor?

Ash Wednesday I was visiting a large urban area on business. The church I visited had a Lenten theme of “Who is my neighbor?” I smiled as I remembered a young boy in Faith Formation. We had been studying the “Our Father.” …

Be not afraid

Look to the left. Right there at the beginning of the article. See it? Next to my photo. Yup, those three simple little words, superimposed over the picture of St. John Paul II. “Be Not Afraid

Moving forward in faith, hope and love

In my prayer over the readings for this weekend, I reflected on how the situation in the first reading from the prophet Jeremiah speaks to the circumstances we find ourselves in as a Church, in particular the Diocese of Fall River. …

The gift of prayer

I love when people ask me to pray for them or for an intention of theirs. To be able to pray for someone, allows us into their lives in a very unique way. It allows us into a part of their lives that are vulnerable and sometimes fragile. …

(Roman?) Catholic — Part Five

In the second installment of this series I mentioned the three ancient metropolitan areas which served as expansion centers for Christianity and which gave rise to the various …


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