The Quiet Corner
Father John A. Kiley
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For centuries, the vast majority of mankind lived as peasants, as serfs, even as slaves. The landed gentry, which have always been a small percentage of the human race, employed the majority of … more
The Little Sisters of the Poor offer tasty meals to their residents at the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket. While recently taking advantage of their hospitality, I sat at table with a young man … more
Pope St. Pius V (1566-1572) was a Dominican friar before his elevation to the papacy. Loyal to his mendicant heritage, the pontiff continued to wear his white Dominican habit during his time on the … more
Perhaps the most extensive analysis of Cardinal, now Saint, John Henry Newman’s thought was compiled not by a fellow English writer but rather by a Polish Jesuit, Erich Przywara. Cambridge … more
It should not be too difficult to imagine how crestfallen the early Christian community must have been after the death of Jesus. Jesus had not only talked a good game, he had displayed a good game … more
Although the Far East nation of India is overwhelmingly Hindu, an ancient Christian church community has existed since Apostolic times along the country’s Malabar Coast. A very strong tradition … more
At Bethlehem’s manger, Jesus Christ came to earth in the flesh. St. John affirmed: “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” St. Paul testified that Jesus was “a man like us … more
The Jewish nation cited movingly by Isaiah in this coming Sunday’s Old Testament reading is lost in self-pity. Tormented by their stronger neighbors – Assyria, Babylon, Egypt – they … more
Scripture scholars often discern seven signs in the first half of the Gospel according to St. John. Chapters 2 through 11 feature seven misfortunes — some just a matter of inconvenience, … more
The disciples, as many people still do today, thought that misfortune was a punishment sent from God for sins committed. “What did I do to deserve this?” is still a question asked of the … more
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