Bishop Thomas J. Tobin
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If you’re into classical music at all, you’re already familiar with Boléro, the one-movement symphonic piece written by the French composer, Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). It’s a … more
One of the most intriguing incidents in the early ministry of Jesus involved the cleansing of a leper. The Gospel of Mark (1: 40-45) records that a man with leprosy approached Jesus, knelt before … more
I don’t travel too much anymore. I don’t look forward to it and I don’t enjoy it, especially now with the extra burden of all of the Covid restrictions, as necessary as they might … more
The supply chain. It’s another one of those pandemic phrases that has, regrettably, forced its way into everyday conversation. According to Wikipedia, the commercial supply chain is “a … more
In reading obituaries I often find a statement that John or Mary passed away peacefully, “surrounded by their loving family.” The death may have occurred in a hospital, care facility or … more
One of my favorite verses about the Word of God comes from Psalm 119: “Your word, O Lord, is a lamp for my steps and a light for my path.” The Word of God as a lamp to light our path … more
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people and set them free . . . He promised of old that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us. (Lk 1:68; … more
“The Rosary, so easy and yet so rich, deserves to be rediscovered by the Christian community . . . The Rosary remains a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of … more
I don’t do much online shopping. I don’t like it and I’m not very good at it. What I end up getting shipped to me always seems different than what I ordered. I much prefer to shop … more
I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you from all your impuritiesand from all your idols I will cleanse you. I will give youa new heart and place a new spirit within you. (Ez 36: … more
So, while I was walking down the aisle of a local supermarket recently, a very nice gentleman passing by asked me, out of the clear blue, “How are the Steelers going to do this year?” … more
So, the Diocese of Providence has now begun the celebration of its sesquicentennial – the 150th anniversary of its founding in 1872. Our jubilee, which will conclude in June of next year will … more
Summer is a time when many of us take a step back from our normal routines and unwind a little bit. The slower schedule at work and school, and the nicer weather (at least here in the north), afford … more
I close my eyes only for a moment and the moment’s gone.All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity.Dust in the wind, all they are is dust in the wind.All we are is dust in the … more
My friend loves roses. She sometimes even sees them as a divine sign that prayers have been answered, courtesy of St. Therese. My friend has a beautiful little rosebush in her yard that she cares for … more
Fans of the venerable TV program, the “Andy Griffith Show” will immediately recognize the names of the principal players: Sheriff Andy Taylor, Deputy Barney Fife, Opie Taylor, and Aunt … more
I’m a lifelong baseball fan. As a kid growing up in Pittsburgh I followed the Pirates and cheered for players like Bill Mazeroski, Bob Friend, Elroy Face, and the incomparable Roberto Clemente. … more
In praying to the Holy Spirit, as we do more with more intensity on Pentecost, one of the gifts we should long for is the unity of the Church. And it’s a very timely petition.When the Spirit … more
O God, you are my God, for you I long; For you my soul is thirsting.My body pines for you, Like a dry, weary land without water.For your love is better than life.On my bed I remember you.On you I … more
The news in recent weeks has carried an unusual number of stories about awful tragedies that have occurred around the globe.I’m thinking of the sinking of the Indonesian submarine in which 53 … more
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