Father John A. Kiley
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In St. Mark’s Gospel account, the measures for the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on what later generations have understandably described as Palm Sunday are quite similar to the arrangements … more
Clearly Jesus was not the first Biblical personality to spend 40 days and 40 nights in the Judean desert. In fact, Biblical scholars cite at least 24 times when the number 40 can be cited in the … more
When a Catholic presents him or herself to the priest for the sacrament of reconciliation, the penitent usually requests, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.” Now, when the admitted … more
St. Mark’s writing is possibly the oldest Gospel account but it is most certainly the briefest inspired version of the life and message of Jesus Christ. St. Mark fits into 16 chapters what St. … more
The Christmas season offers many depictions of the infant Jesus nestled at his mother’s breast, dozing in his straw bedding, gazed upon by humble shepherds and splendid kings. The seasons of … more
When my college class graduated from Our Lady of Providence Seminary, Warwick Neck, in 1962, the motto chosen as the theme for the yearbook was “Commitment is written in words of … more
When Pope Francis opened the first meeting of the Synod on Synodality last October in Rome, the 363 voting participants came from all over the world. And for the first time, according to news … more
One standard of the Christmas season for both the secular and the believing worlds is an annual performance of George Frederick Handel’s oratorio, “The Messiah.” The Boston Symphony … more
There are times at Mass when the rubrics call for brief periods of silent prayer. The examination of conscience at the beginning of Mass is an obvious occasion briefly to pause and quietly to reflect … more
God never shows up at the door unannounced. He knows that there might be cat hairs all over the living room couch and that the kids probably left their gym shoes and sweatshirts in the den and that … more
When the Roman rite first transitioned from Latin into English, the most popular acclamation proclaiming the profound mystery of faith that had just occurred at the consecration was certainly … more
St. Antoine Residence in North Smithfield has Holy Mass offered every day in the facility’s chapel. Occasionally, family members who live in the area will arrive in time for Mass and celebrate … more
Catholic Christianity has truly inherited much of its beliefs, morality and worship structure from ancient Judaism. A belief in One God, probably unique in the ancient world, is clearly a Christian … more
Praying for the dead is one of the fundamental practices of Christianity. While there are some indications of prayer benefiting the dead in the Jewish Scriptures, the full experience of death, … more
A handy park bench flanked by garden urns with marigolds and petunias faces the freshly painted door of St. James Food Pantry in Manville. Every Thursday morning that bench as well as the bright … more
The city of Jerusalem in Jesus’ time, in fact, the whole of Judea and Galilee at the end of the Jewish era teemed with various Jewish factions. The Pharisees were the doctors of the Law, the … more
With all due respect, St. Matthew seems to be writing with two different quills in this coming Sunday’s Gospel passage about a royal wedding feast. The nuptial banquet was guaranteed to be a … more
Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val was ordained in 1888. A dozen years later, at age 38, Pope St. Pius X created him cardinal and secretary of state for the Vatican. Working closely with the saintly … more
The newly-crowned King Charles III of the United Kingdom has two sons who almost daily seize international headlines. William, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Kate happily fill the pages of … more
Many believers were taught as children that the easiest way to recall the goals of prayer was to remember the simple word “PART.” Petition, Adoration, Reparation and Thanksgiving are all … more
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