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“Remember you are dust, and to dust you will return.” So began the solemn season of Lent yesterday as millions of people around the world had ashes smeared on their foreheads. more
In his Evangelium Vitae, the Holy Father Pope John Paul II wrote relative to elected officials, "No one can ever renounce this responsibility, especially when he or she has a legislative or decision-making mandate, which calls that person to answer to God, to his or her own conscience and to the whole of society." more
Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, the influential pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, last week in front of his church endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. more
A university usually provides students with an environment where scholarship and intellectual inquiry occur on a daily basis. Presumably, diverse ideas and different views are examined by open minds and sometimes brought into the critical light of academic study. more
The future of many special needs students in Catholic and private schools was put in jeopardy recently. more
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:37). more
It’s January, and that means that the Rhode Island General Assembly has once again commenced with “the people’s work” in another legislative session, which this year began on New Year’s Day. Of great concern are the severe budget deficits and limited funding for programs that affect those who live on the fringe of our society. It is the powerless and voiceless poor who will be directly affected most by the budget cuts and trims that undoubtedly will be brought forward for consideration. The issue of same-sex marriage will once again be pushed by a small but vocal minority as they seek legal recognition. more
The great 19th century American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, wrote the poem "Christmas Bells" on Christmas day of 1864 in the midst of the American Civil War and in response to the news that his son Charles had been seriously wounded in battle. Amidst his despair, which he recorded in his personal journal, is found the poem which testifies to a sense of hope found in the celebration of Christmas. more
The Gospel this weekend reminds us that Jesus comes to us to bring sight to the blind, let the lame walk again, cleanse the lepers, bring hearing to the deaf, raise the dead and to proclaim the good news to the poor. The news is not good for thousands of Rhode Island poor families. They face devastating cuts in assistance and aid from state agencies. Many of them face the prospect of no health insurance coverage for themselves and their children. more
Rhode Island high schools have faced the grave problem of underage drinking in recent years as too many young people have died in tragic accidents as the result of drunk driving. Grief has grown into outrage as the problem has not subsided but seems only to be increasing among students of both our public and private schools. more
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