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Last week, France mourned the death of a priest and thousands gathered at Notre Dame Cathedral to attend his funeral. Among the mourners were the president of France, Jacques Chirac, cabinet … more
Three years ago, the novel "The DaVinci Code" prompted me to write a commentary denouncing it, which The Providence Journal kindly printed. Always looking for new ideas and voices, the then-executive … more
The trouble with post-Vatican II Catholicism is that it doesn't leave many free evenings. Oscar Wilde first made this remark about socialism and Richard John Neuhaus has wisely applied … more
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Readings: Isaiah 6:1-2, 3-8 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Luke 5:1-11 Peter's words to Jesus in today's Gospel express the sense of unworthiness that he, … more
Isidore was born in Alexandria and left the city as a youth to join a monastery in Lychnos, near Pelusium. He was eventually ordained to the priesthood and later became abbot of the monastery. He … more
La Salette Shrine to hold healing service ATTLEBORO, Mass. - The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, 947 Park St., will host a "Hispanic Healing Service," Feb. 4, 2:30 p.m. The service … more
First of all, then, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions and thanksgiving be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority. (I Tm 2:1) God’s fourth commandment also enjoins us to honor all who for our good have received authority in society from God. Those subject to authority should regard those in authority as representatives of God. (The Catechism of the Catholic Church.) more
During my recent illness and hospitalization I had a couple of brand new experiences. more
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer Had a very shiny nose. And if you ever saw it You would even say it glows. All of the other reindeer Used to laugh and call him names. They never let poor Rudolph Join in any reindeer games. Then one foggy Christmas Eve Santa came to say: “Rudolph with your nose so bright Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?” Then all the reindeer loved him And they shouted out with glee: “Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer You’ll go down in history!” more
It is said that every man has a natural desire to do three things: plant a tree, write a book and father a child. The particulars of the proverb aside, the point is that every person yearns to leave behind something of permanent value when he departs the earth. Bishop Thomas Francis Hendricken, first Bishop of Providence, certainly accomplished that goal - in a glorious Cathedral and in a spiritual heritage that lives on even now, 120 years after his death. more
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