Back to school

Next week is Catholic Schools Week, and each year at this time, I can’t help but think back to my days at St. Anne’s School in Fall River. Despite the derogatory images …

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Friday 2 February 2018 — Homeport: Falmouth Harbor — feast of the Presentation of the Lord

You know me, dear readers, I live my …

The romance of Lent toward the reality of Easter

Some have been making note in Catholic circles about the coincidence that Ash Wednesday this year falls on Valentine’s Day and Easter Sunday on April Fools. 

Lent

There’s an old adage that life events come in threes; some good; some bad. Lent also comes in a three-pack: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Many cradle Catholics …

To be or not to be — Parsing the implications of suicide

In recent years we have witnessed a growing tendency to promote suicide as a way of resolving end-stage suffering. Physician-assisted suicide is now legal in a …

Let’s not airbrush the season

There is beauty and wonder in the season leading up to the Nativity, and a hushed reverence thereafter. We are called to embrace the God of True Light, Who …

The book on building a vibrant Spiritual life

Father Roger Landry, a priest of the Fall River Diocese who presently works for the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, has just …

Speak Lord, I am listening

The holiday season is behind us and we are quickly reminded that the gloom of winter is in much need of welcoming light and warmth. Yet it is in the silence of winter …

Love at first blush

They first met at the movies while attending Durham University in jolly old England. It was love at first blush. Julia or Julie, as we call her, …

Let yourself be embraced by God

As I parked my car the radio was playing the song, “The Little Drummer Boy.” I walked towards the chapel. I paused at the crèche. I imagined the drummer boy there …

Long after the flowers and chocolates are gone

I waited with great anticipation as Sister Mary Anthony passed out the envelopes. She stopped in front of each desk and dropped off a good number of envelopes …

Living each day in joy and peace

The Christmas celebrations are beginning to wind down. Culturally things wrap up with the New Year’s celebrations on Monday. Liturgically, we will go for …

The Bible makes me Appy

Happy New Year! 

It is that time of year again where we use this fresh start to try and make ourselves a better person. I saw a commercial the other day that apologized to …


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