Opening the Doors of Mercy

From the very beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has made mercy his hallmark. It’s no surprise, then, that he declared a special year dedicated to the contemplation of mercy. This is an extraordinary Jubilee Year which began on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and...

Year of Mercy: Burial for an Unknown Child

Corporal Work of Mercy: Bury the Dead In a simple, but dignified ceremony June 10 in a section of Gate of Heaven Cemetery set aside for the repose of babies, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence presided over a Christian burial service for the unborn child he named “Francis,” fulfilling a...

Year of Mercy: ‘I Am Living with Saints’

Corporal Work of Mercy: Shelter the Homeless Hearing a beloved voice, a little boy hurriedly hobbled down the pale stone steps of the church hall to greet the priest with a tender hug. Father Khalil Jaar chuckled when he saw the sandy-haired child, Misho, playing dress-up by wearing one of his...

Advent: The Beginning of a New Year

This week we begin our celebration of Advent. This time of year can bring to mind really great memories of childhood Christmases spent opening presents and visiting family. But it can also bring up memories that maybe you’d rather not have. Maybe a loved one died at this time of year or you experienced...

An Advent Reflection with Kelly Wahlquist

I love the season of Advent. I like the colors, the smells, the rituals, all the good things that come with it. And at the end, we get to celebrate the birth of Jesus. With all the festivities and commitments attached to the season of Advent and Christmas I often forget that this is the beginning of a new...

Poverty & Peace: Saint Francis’ Legacies

Francis understood Jesus’s washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper at a very deep level. He did not need encouragement to be a servant leader; no other way of leading would have made sense to him. Not everyone in the brotherhood came to that conclusion as quickly as he did, but he...

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