Bishop Thomas J. Tobin
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Many years ago, in a random conversation with my dad about things religious, the phrase “The fear of the Lord” came up. And I distinctly remember my dad saying, “I’m not … more
St. Gregory the Great was a pope who lived in the second half of the 6th century and the beginning of the 7th. He’s been honored with the title “Great” because he had a profound and … more
You’ve probably heard the saying, “Age is just a number.” Well, I’m here to say, “No, it isn’t.” Age is much more than a number. There are lots of things … more
Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. As you know, some of the words of the Mass change frequently, depending on the … more
Perhaps prompted by the beginning of a new school year, recently I’ve been remembering my elementary school days, and some of the routines we had and the things we learned. And one of them was … more
The observance of the 150th Anniversary of the Diocese is nearing an end. For several months now we’ve had a number of devotional, educational and cultural events. This diocesan paper has … more
Each year in the springtime, following the Solemnities of Pentecost, the Most Holy Trinity, and Corpus Christi, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, one of the most … more
Something that Pope Francis said at a recent audience, while speaking about prayer, caught my attention. The Holy Father said: “If you have some wound in your heart, some pain, and you want to … more
I confess to being a news junkie. I follow international, national and local news. I’m interested in political and religious events, in weather reports and happenings in the sports world. I … more
Come, thou Holy Spirit, come; and from thy celestial home shed a ray of light divine. Heal our wounds, our strength renew; on our dryness, pour thy dew. Wash the stains of guilt away. Bend the … more
If you follow Catholic news at all, you’re no doubt aware that Cardinal Joseph Zen, 90 years old and former bishop of Hong Kong, was recently arrested by the Chinese Communist government and … more
Do you know the story of St. Dymphna? Dymphna lived in Ireland in the seventh-century, and was just 15 years old when she was killed because she rejected the sexual advances of her mentally deranged … more
I live in a cemetery. Oh, it’s not like I’m immediately surrounded by graves and tombstones, but I live in a little house on the corner of the cemetery property. Sometimes if I’m … more
While traveling home recently, for a long overdue visit to family and friends, I encountered several interesting situations – and people – that seemed to be a microcosm of the culture in … more
When Jesus appeared to his disciples after the Resurrection, he greeted them with the simple words, “Peace be with you.” This follows upon what Jesus said to them at the Last Supper: … more
“Why do you seek the living one among the dead?” (Lk 24:5) These iconic words of the angels to the pious women who went to the tomb on Easter morn summarize the core of our Easter … more
Whenever I pray the Holy Rosary, and come upon the first of the Sorrowful Mysteries, the Agony in the Garden, I stop to think how lonely, how abandoned, Jesus must have felt in that moment. Think … more
While hearing confessions recently, I had a few quiet moments awaiting the next penitent. I picked-up the official Rite of Penance in the confessional and began reading through the introduction. … more
Reach out your hand if your cup be empty, if your cup is full, may it be again. Let it be known there is a fountain that was not made by the hands of men. (Ripple, The Grateful Dead) The song … more
Italian Cardinal Agostino Cacciavillan died in Rome on March 5th at the age of 95. Cardinal Cacciavillan was a longtime Vatican diplomat whose most prominent assignment was his service as the … more
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