There are still Christs out there

Without getting into much detail, the past several months for me have been episodes from Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

Two quotes from friends just about sum …

Windfall

Friday 22 September 2017 — Homeport: Falmouth Harbor — Autumnal equinox (It’s officially fall)

Today’s column, dear readers, is brought …

Blessed Stanley Francisco ‘Aplas’ Rother

This September 23, in Oklahoma City, something historic and holy will be happening. Father Stanley Rother, the first native-born American priest martyr, will be …

Missionary disciples

Each year as we cycle through another start of the catechetical year, the U.S. Bishops Conference gathers parishes around a common theme. This year we are asked …

The ‘expendable children’

Couples who struggle to get pregnant are turning with greater frequency to the in vitro fertilization industry for assistance. In some cases, they can end up feeling …

Marking out the abyss

When a person suffers from a general malaise, or even a specific discomfort, ignorance of its source can add great anxiety to his difficulties. Is it something …

Men who gave their lives for others

Later this year, two American men will be beatified: Father Stanley Rother, who will be beatified in Oklahoma City on September 23 as a martyr; and Capuchin …

Do unto others …

We live in a world of so much turmoil and confusion, a time when people are searching for others to blame for their woes. It is easier to find the fault in others in the hopes …

Hook, line and sinker 

“I’ve got one! I’ve got one!” In the long, hazy and lazy summer days of my youth you might well have heard such a cry from the river bank of a …

Charity begins at home — and goes viral

The Internet is perhaps the most consequential tool of the modern age. It has connected everyone with a router or Wi-Fi connection to a realm of information …

‘I will go Lord where You lead me’

My biology students were learning the parts of the brain. I clicked to the slide showing the frontal cortex. I had often used math as an introductory example of …

Firm in the faith?

One of the great privileges I have as a deacon is baptizing those entering the Church. Usually it is a baby, but sometimes I’ve baptized older children. …

We cannot help but be joyful!

I had the privilege of being part of the delegation from the Diocese of Fall River that participated in the Convocation of Catholic Leaders last July in Orlando, Fla. The overall …

All things new

Working at Bishop Stang High School, and I’m sure most schools, you quickly learn that there is very little down time. There is always something going on. During the summer, Stang …

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 October apparition of Our Lady of Fatima

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 ninth and final installment …

Sharing each other’s pain 
A brief reflection of my (nearly) 10 years as a deacon

This is part of an ongoing series providing information and personal reflections about the permanent diaconate in anticipation of accepting applications for the 10th diaconate …

Superheroes and the power of love

Superman has his red power cape. Elijah wore a cape to manifest his Divine authority. Most famously, the Virgin Mary is usually portrayed wearing a cape-like garment known …



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