Having a few Lenten laughs

Over the last dozen or so years, I’ve received my fair share of letters and emails correcting or lambasting me, and even questioning my faith. So I suspect this column will be fodder for some to express their opposition to the content.

Battleground state

Monday 1 February 2016 — Homeport: Falmouth Harbor — one month to the Massachusetts primary 

During this election cycle, dear readers, I watched every minute of every televised presidential debate, Republican and Democrat. …

A conversation with Pope Francis about God’s mercy

Most people would jump at an opportunity to have an intimate hour-long conversation with Pope Francis. Most would be happy just to be a “fly on the wall” eavesdropping. With …


All are born with the desire for God

“My child is involved with sports; it’s really going to be hard for him to go to Religious Education.” This is a common lament thrown in the face of our parish leaders these days. The domestic Church has been struggling with the question of what takes priority, faith or sports. …

At the heart of the tragedy of addiction

Addiction can be extremely harmful, and in some cases, fatal for those individuals ensnared by it. It can be seriously disruptive and damaging to those around them. Who is to …

Christmas: A postscript

With the festivities of Christmastide, we have once again marked the arrival of the Word Made Flesh. As we celebrate His Baptism, we discover anew the astonishing truth of the Trinity, for with the descent of the Holy Spirit and the voice of the Father enfolding all who were present, the drama of Divine Mercy was made manifest.

Thinking about ‘Spotlight’

“Spotlight,” the new feature-length film about The Boston Globe’s coverage of the priest sex-abuse scandal in the archdiocese that first hit the streets on Jan. 6, 2002, opened earlier in November to critical acclaim as one of the best movies of the year, and one of the best films of all time about the press.

The wonders of His love

“Joy to the world, the Lord has come,” we all know the words to this Christmas carol so very well, a classic that was written in 1719 by Isaac Watts. This and so many other well-…


Under the Christmas moon

“Tiny bubbles in the wine, make me happy, make me feel fine. Tiny bubbles make me warm all over, with a feeling that I’m gonna love you till the end of time.” Echoes of the late great Hawaiian crooner, Don Ho.

What you don’t realize you have

Working in higher education, I’ve learned a lot about privilege. I’ve had to confront my own position in the world as it relates to those around me. In fact, starting during my undergraduate career I began having the uncomfortable conversation of white privilege. …

Three wishes for Christmas

No, this is not another cloying compilation of children’s letters to Santa. Rather I would like to share excerpts from three letters I’ve recently come across that reflect the best of the human Spirit at this precious time of year.

Where do we go from here?

I lay motionless. The pain began to fade. I thanked Our Lord that I could still wiggle my toes. It had seemed such a good idea to assist the shy ninth-grader. I had coaxed him into the bouncy air mattress machine with me. …

Choosing to be Catholic

In several weeks, the Diocese of Fall River Office for Campus Ministry will hold our newest Charis young adult retreat entitled “Choosing to Be Catholic” which will be held on February …

We fulfill His promise

At Mass for Christmas Eve we will hear four little words from the Gospel of Matthew that sum up what the Christmas celebration is all about: “God is with us.” The announcement of the birth of the Lord brought great hope and joy to the people. …

A Super you and a Super me

Happy New Year! It’s that time of year when everyone resolves to be a healthy person, a better person. Whether it is by eating healthier, opening a gym membership (or actually using …

You did this for me

This Holy Year of Mercy is all about being mercy! St. Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 25: 31-46, reminds us how we can become mercy for others. Jesus tells us that God is found …

The world is watching

It is time to take steps to combat climate change. The world is watching.

Pope Francis’s global call for action on climate change took a big step forward on Dec. 12, 2015 as an historic agreement was reached in Paris among 195 nations to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases in an attempt to limit the average warming of the earth by 200 C (3.600 F), or less, by the end of the century. …

From the ‘pond’ to the ‘ocean,’ and back again: Consecrated virginity lived in the world

People sometimes wonder about the Spirituality that marks my journey as a consecrated virgin living in the world. I describe my life metaphorically as undulating between a “quiet pond” and the tumultuous “ocean.” 

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