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By Father Brian Morris Q: Recently, a group of friends had a conversation involving Purgatory, and whether the Catholic Church still teaches that it is a reality. Some feel that Christ dying on … more
Robin Hood, the legendary hero of English folklore who took from the rich to give to the poor — whose very name conjures up thoughts of fairness, justice and love for the oppressed – stands in … more
Wash yourselves clean! Put away misdeeds from before my eyes. Cease doing evil, learn to do good. (Is 1: 16-17) Every once-in-a-while you come across a scripture verse that seems to summarize the … more
Winston Churchill, certainly one of the great figures of the Twentieth Century, has recently been portrayed in two motion pictures concerning an epic event during World War II. About 400,000 British … more
“To call the world’s nuclear situation dire is to understate the danger and its immediacy,” warned Rachel Bronson, Ph.D., president of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Famous for … more
By Father Stephen Battey Q. Why is it that these days it seems there are very few churches that offer Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings? It was a very nice tradition that I, and I assume … more
Just before Christmas Pope Francis “tweeted” a brief holy day reflection: “Without love, both life and faith are worthless.” And certainly it is true that a faith life lived without love can … more
By Father Brian Morris Q: I can’t square in my head that God would tell Moses to have lepers go around and yell about how they are unclean and had to live away from everyone else. Do you think … more
According to the dictionary, a triptych is “a set of three associated artistic, literary or musical works intended to be appreciated together.” And that’s my intention here — to highlight … more
The Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Providence was brought into line with the liturgical directives of Vatican II by Bishop Russell J. McVinney in 1970-71. During the extensive renovation, as well … more
By Father Jean Joseph Brice On Ash Wednesday, if a stranger had visited our world for the first time, he would have noticed something saliently striking. Young, old, men, women, office and street … more
A number of Woonsocket civil officials, educators, foster parents, clergy and interested neighbors met recently at the invitation of the Rhode Island Department of Children and their Families (DCYF) … more
As countless fellow human beings suffer terribly in a myriad of ways, and much of our planet groans from gaping human induced wounds, our government, other governments, and many well-off people, seem … more
By Father Stephen Battey Q. Why do parishioners bring up gifts of bread and wine during Mass? We’ve all experienced it at one time or another; the priest stands at the foot of sanctuary and … more
The impending collision of Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day on the calendar this year might seem like in insurmountable conflict to some, and understandably so, for after all, the themes of one … more
Over 50 years ago, when I was a seminarian at St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester, New York, Christine Jorgensen, the first American to undergo a sex change operation, made a guest appearance at … more
What a wonderful sight to behold: From Capitol Hill as far as I could see, there was a sea of people on the march for life! But the recent 45th March for Life was bitter sweat. It was inspiring … more
Although I am well into my retirement years, I am still known among the family as “Johnny Boy.” My grandfather was “John;” my uncle was “Jack;” so my parents settled on “Johnny Boy” … more
Father Brian Morris Q: Why was Sunday (January 14) the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time instead of the First Sunday in Ordinary Time? The previous Sunday was the Epiphany, the Sunday before that was … more
St. Mark does not lose any time in introducing his readers to the power of evil and specifically to the power of the Evil One. After only 23 verses into his Gospel, the evangelist writes, “Now … more
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