Without A Doubt
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin
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(With Memorial Day upon us, and with it the unofficial beginning of summer, I thought it would be appropriate to reprint this column from last year, edited only slightly for length. It addresses a … more
Editor’s Note: During July and August, Rhode Island Catholic is sharing some of Bishop Thomas J. Tobin’s favorite Without a Doubt columns. The following column originally ran on October 19, … more
During vacation this summer I followed my normal practice of attending Sunday Mass as a “private citizen,” that is, in secular attire, with the congregation, in the pews. Even though I truly cherish the privilege of leading the liturgy as I do almost every Sunday, it’s also refreshing once in awhile to be on the other side of the altar. more
I saw a “Peanuts” cartoon recently that seemed especially timely. The kids are playing baseball and little Linus, in full catcher’s gear walks out to the pitcher’s mound and announces to Charlie Brown, “The bases are loaded again, and there’s still nobody out.” “So what do you think?” asks Charlie Brown. more
I don’t recall if it was on my flight to or from my Florida vacation this summer, but at one point the pilot announced, “Folks, we expect to be passing through a little turbulence in a few moments, so we’d like you to return to your seats and check your seatbelts to be sure that they’re securely fastened. more
The theme of this year’s Catholic Schools Week identified our Catholic schools as “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” words that describe very concisely the mission of Catholic … more
Let us say once again: we need the greater and lesser hopes that keep us going day by day. But these are not enough without the great hope, which must surpass everything else. This great hope can only be God . . . God is the foundation of hope: not any god, but the God who has a human face and who has loved us to the end, each one of us and humanity in its entirety. (Spe Salvi, #31) more
Since we took some time off for the holidays, we need to catch up on a few items. *** First, once again, a word of sincere thanks to all those who helped to make my 25th Anniversary of Ordination … more
A long, long time ago I heard a story about a devout little boy named Jimmy who walked past his parish church everyday on his way to school. Remembering the presence of Christ in the tabernacle of the church, each day as he passed by Jimmy made the Sign of the Cross and said simply, “Hello Jesus, it’s Jimmy.” more
August 26th marks the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the widely acclaimed saint of our time who worked among the desperately poor of India for so many years and founded the Missionaries of Charity to carry on her work. more
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