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We become like the things we love. We see this most dramatically with teenagers. One day, they are dressed like anybody else. But then, infatuated with a new music group or subculture, they transform from head to toe. Suddenly they have a new hairstyle, new clothes, and, most lamentably, a new attitude. Their new figure matches their new love. What they see and love in some new trend or band, they try to become themselves. These superficial transformations are easy to make and (thank God) easy to undo. Deeper transformations, becoming virtuous or holy, take a lot more time and require a far greater love. more
Toyotomi Hideyoshi, ruling Japan in the name of the emperor, became alarmed at the growth of Christianity resulting from St. Francis Xavier’s mission, begun in 1549. Because of his orders, 26 Christians had their left ears cut off, were marched through towns with blood dripping from their heads, then were crucified and pierced with lances on a hill outside Nagasaki. 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
When I was newly married, I remember the firm opinion of a wise older friend who stressed the importance of separate retreats for men and women. The problem with sharing such religious activities, she said, is that each tends to listen on behalf of the other (i.e. “Whew, I’m so glad Father mentioned that — I’ve been telling him that for years!”). With that in mind, one might suggest that as a woman I should politely ignore the letter that Phoenix’ Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted has just written to the men of his diocese, but that would neglect an amazing document that has much to teach women as well. The lessons for women are peripheral to the text, but essential none the less, and so abundant that I’d like to take a few columns to unpack the wisdom therein. more
In full accord with the Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis and being joyously observed throughout the world, this Sunday’s Gospel account from St. Luke deliberately promotes the … more
PROVIDENCE — Heather Abbott ’03G, whose injuries in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing led her to establish a foundation which helps amputees obtain prosthetic devices, will present the … more
On Sunday, October 23, St. Pius X School, 44 Elm Street, Westerly, will host their first annual “Running on Faith 5K Walk/Run.” The run will begin at the start line at St. Pius X School at 1 … more
CRANSTON — The annual diocesan Respect Life Mass drew a large crowd on Saturday morning as pro-life advocates from around the state gathered at St. Paul’s Church to pray for greater protection of … more
Ten apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in modern times have been officially approved by the Catholic Church. Several appearances are quite famous: Guadalupe, Lourdes, and Fatima. A number are … more
PAWTUCKET — Shawn Nassaney was never the type to sit still. A 1994 graduate of St. Raphael Academy, Pawtucket, Shawn was known for his track ability and love of travel, attributes family members … more
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