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We’ve just entered a beautiful liturgical season, surely not as prominent as Advent, Christmas, Lent or Easter, but a special time for the Church nonetheless. I speak of October, the Season of Saints. While the celebration of saints is scattered throughout the year, it seems that this month has a bounty of beautiful feast days that spark devotion and speak to the Catholic imagination in a particular way. more
I’ve never walked through a corn maze, but it looks like fun. more
Now that summer is winding down and another work year is upon us, one of the issues that we’ll be studying in the Diocese of Providence is the question of compensation for priests. Although our priests, along with the lay employees of the Diocese, have regularly received modest “cost of living” increases, it’s been a number of years since the basic compensation structure has been reviewed. Hence the current study seems to be warranted. more
A few random thoughts before we take a little break for summer. more
After attending Sunday Mass in Florida not too long ago I came across the following admonition in the Sunday bulletin: “Please come to Mass early enough not to disrupt. Leave late enough not to insult. (The Mass does not end until the final blessing). Worship reverently enough not to distract. And dress proudly enough not to offend.” more
We’ve just celebrated Memorial Day, a beautiful occasion on which we fittingly remember and honor those who have given their lives in the service of our nation and also those who have served and continue to serve in the military. more
Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny. (Mahatma Gandhi) more
A number of years ago while visiting one of our local parishes to participate in its annual festival, I met an older Italian woman, one of the true pillars of the parish. I respectfully saluted her with the traditional Italian toast, “Cent’Anni,” meaning, “May you live to be a hundred!” Somewhat defiantly, in her slightly accented English, she responded, “I certainly hope so; I’m already ninety-nine-and-a-half!” more
I was going to write about this topic anyhow, but the fact that I was accosted (in a friendly sort of way) by a nice lady after a recent parish event encouraged me to do so sooner, rather than later. The topic – using email. more
Singing indicates that the person is passing beyond the boundaries of the merely rational and falling into a kind of ecstasy. (That is why overly rational people are seldom tempted to sing.) Now singing finds its climactic form in the Alleluia . . . In fact, we are dealing here with something that cannot be translated. The Alleluia is simply the nonverbal expression in song of a joy that requires no words because it transcends all words. (Pope Benedict XVI) more
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