Peace Amid Pointsettias

Every Sunday from August to the end of November, I attend the 8 a.m. Mass at Christ the King Parish in Kingston, RI, then head over to the East Farms greenhouse, five minutes down the road, to tend pointsettias. Run by the University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Association, the pointsettia project raises...

Fear or Faith?

There’s an old story about a Cherokee elder and his grandson. He told his grandson all humans have an inner battle between two wolves: Fear and Faith. The grandson listened and sat quietly for a few moments, thinking. Then he asked the old man, “Which wolf wins?” His grandfather replied,...

Using Time Wisely

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. College students like me are professional procrastinators. I’d never be...

Questions? Fr. John has answers!

If you’re looking for real answers to questions about prayer, spiritual growth, living in the world today, overcoming sin, and the distinctiveness of the Catholic faith, a recent title from Servant, Answers by Father John Bartunek, will speak to your soul and touch your heart. Fr. John is one of...

Being small, thinking big in a benevolent universe

Have you ever had a chance to think about your role in the universe that is about an estimated 46 billion light years in radius and apparently expanding at an accelerating rate? We oftentimes consider that in this community of planets, stars, galaxies, let alone the world, our nation, city or town, that we...

Dr. St. Hildegard

Last Wednesday, September 17, was the feast of Hildegard of Bingen, named a saint in May 2012 and a Doctor of the Church in October of that same year. Known as the Sibyl of the Rhine, she was a Benedictine abbess, theologian, mystic, artist, musician, poet, and doctor (and who knows what else; this is what...

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