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A ‘heavy sigh’ can lighten a load

It’s amazing the difference a generation or two can make. What was vogue or “hip” 40 years ago is seen as archaic today. And conversely, what today is considered acceptable …

The viral scandal of clerical unchastity

Early in the book of Job, the blameless and upright man is besieged with a series of catastrophes: Sabeans steal his oxen and murder his herdsmen, lightning wipes out his sheep …

Preferential option for the poor

Years ago when I was working in the parish preparing high school youth for the Sacrament of Confirmation, I was confronted by a parent who objected to the requirement …

The welcome outreach of perinatal Hospice

During the course of pregnancy, receiving an adverse prenatal diagnosis can be a tremendously jolting experience for parents. In severe cases, physicians may …

The prism of holiness

We have before us the opportunity to dedicate a new year to the Lord; and amidst all the worthy secular resolutions, I would also recommend embracing anew …

A tale of two islands

January 15 marked the 90th birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. This year it was celebrated as a national holiday on Monday, January 21, the day before …

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 …

All that truly matters

I threw on my Savers dark dust coat, stepped out into the rain, and headed for my Paddy Wagon. I must have looked like Wyatt Earp or Doc Holliday …

Do you wish to change the world?

My freshmen had completed their career assignments. I picked up the essay of a young man who chose to be a boxer. The first third of the essay was the “do my best …

All that truly matters

Welcome to 2019! 

The years seem to move more and more quickly, don’t they? I look back and can’t believe how long it has been since I graduated from college. …

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 …

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 …

(Roman?) Catholic — Part 1

Editor’s note: This begins a new series by Father Martin Buote.

I am a Catholic priest ordained in and for the Church of Fall River. (In ecclesiastical terminology, the terms …


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