There are still Christs out there

Without getting into much detail, the past several months for me have been episodes from Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

Two quotes from friends just about sum …

You don’t say

15 October 2017 — Homeport: Falmouth Harbor — Laity Sunday (Methodist observance)

Ever wonder, dear readers, what’s actually said …

St. Thérèse, teacher and thaumaturga

Twenty years ago today was one of the most remarkable days of my life. It occurred during a phone call with my mother. And I would challenge those who doubt that …

Restorative justice

Pope Francis addressed an audience of Church hierarchy gathered together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the promulgation of the “Catechism of the Catholic …

The ‘expendable children’

Couples who struggle to get pregnant are turning with greater frequency to the in vitro fertilization industry for assistance. In some cases, they can end up feeling …

Does toxic masculinity have a counterpart?

In a large segment of the popular culture, there has been a disturbing analysis of recent events which tries to explain why there have been acts of reprehensible …

The shepherd who died for his flock

Father Stanley Francis Rother (1928-1981), a diocesan priest from Oklahoma murdered doing mission work in Guatemala, was recently beatified as a martyr …

Do unto others …

We live in a world of so much turmoil and confusion, a time when people are searching for others to blame for their woes. It is easier to find the fault in others in the hopes …

Hook, line and sinker 

“I’ve got one! I’ve got one!” In the long, hazy and lazy summer days of my youth you might well have heard such a cry from the river bank of a …

Charity begins at home — and goes viral

The Internet is perhaps the most consequential tool of the modern age. It has connected everyone with a router or Wi-Fi connection to a realm of information …

‘I will go Lord where You lead me’

My biology students were learning the parts of the brain. I clicked to the slide showing the frontal cortex. I had often used math as an introductory example of …

I’m sorry

I’m sorry. Those two small words sometimes are very difficult to say and sometimes they can be difficult to hear and accept from someone who has hurt us. …

We cannot help but be joyful!

I had the privilege of being part of the delegation from the Diocese of Fall River that participated in the Convocation of Catholic Leaders last July in Orlando, Fla. The overall …

All things new

Working at Bishop Stang High School, and I’m sure most schools, you quickly learn that there is very little down time. There is always something going on. During the summer, Stang …

Where does your light shine?

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. …

Cardinal John Henry Newman and our times

After the intolerance, bigotry and hatred on the part of xenophobic groups at the recent demonstrations in Charlottesville we must turn to the lives of the saints who …

Nazi idealism, slavery and ME

Nazi idealism, slavery and ME

In the first half of the 20th century, the theory of eugenics brought visions of Utopia, and realities of horror here and abroad. A workable definition of eugenics could …



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