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Instinct takes over where my weakness leaves off

In my last column I made mention in a roundabout way that there are times, too many I fear, when I find it difficult to pray. The reasons are varied, but one ugly reason is that I’m not strong enough to have the faith I should at times. …

An expiatory sacrifice for the sins of clerical sexual abuse

Lent is a time in which we relive Spiritually the events of Jesus’ sham trials for the crimes of blasphemy and sedition and His crucifixion. 

It’s also a time in which we ponder …

Sinners at the well

Driving around a nearby city one day, I passed a non-denominational church called The Church of Recovery. It conjured up the image of the “Church as field hospital” that Pope Francis …

‘Exceptions’ and the undermining of the moral law

Whenever we make small exceptions to universal moral rules, we shouldn’t be surprised that the rules themselves can be quickly undermined. Establishing an “exception” in one …

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, …

Ashes to ashes

“Ashes to ashes and dust to dust, if the women don’t get me, the drink it must.” 

It has been 50 years since I first heard those rather irreverent lines spoken by Lee Marvin …

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.” …

If you loved Him more

In preparing for a homily last month I came across this story that I shared with the parish and thought might be a valuable message worth repeating here. It is a story of a young man who appeared to be a budding artist. …

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 Three

Along with the misconception that the Catholic Church is the Roman Catholic Church, in recent centuries many people thought that the head of the Church, the pope, had to …


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