Have Hope!

A little something different today: my first video blog!  Hope you enjoy.  Forgive me for the bad formatting.  I’ll try to work on it in the future.  I’m venturing into new technological territory! Follow me on Twitter If you like this video, please share it on Twitter or these other sites:

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Where Do You Seek Refuge?

Two months ago we wept with the people of Haiti as they experienced the strongest earthquake to hit their country in two centuries.  The damage was catastrophic; the death toll staggering.  Thankfully, so many people around the world have contributed both spiritually with prayer and materially with money and other resources. As with many catastrophes, […]

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The Liberating Power of Forgiveness

“Pardon one another so that later on you will not remember the injury.  The recollection of an injury is…a rusty arrow and poison for the soul.” — St. Francis of Paola In her powerful book, Left to Tell, Immaculee Ilibagiza recounts her amazing survival story amid the horrific 1994 Rwandan genocide.  When the genocide began, […]

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Are Fun and Holiness Compatible?

When I speak to young people about my life as a priest, inevitably the question is posed: What do you do for fun? In other words, they want to know if I’m “normal.” So, my friends, if you are interested, here are some “normal” things that I enjoy: • I’m a diehard New England Patriots […]

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So You Failed. Now What?

“So you’ve failed?  You–be convinced of it–can never fail.  You haven’t failed; you’ve acquired experience.  Forward!” — St. Josemaria Escriva It’s a horrible feeling. You’ve just had a big fall: • You abandoned your Lenten resolution. • You lashed out in anger at your spouse. • You became apoplectic as you sat in a traffic […]

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How to Begin Your Prayer

“For me prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look towards Heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy” – St. Therese of Lisieux My first assignment was at St. Philip’s parish in Greenville, RI.  St. Philip’s is a vibrant parish comprised of about […]

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25 Ways to Live the Lenten Season

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday which begins the season of Lent.  Lent is a time of great grace, a time a spiritual renewal.  Traditionally there are three main components to Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  So, here are 25 ways to live the Lenten season in a spirit of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  There is no […]

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Dandelions for My Mom and the Lord

When I was a little boy I used to pick dandelions for my mother. I’d be running around the backyard and notice those bright, curious, little yellow weeds. Of course, at the time, I didn’t know they were weeds; I thought they were flowers. I knew that giving flowers was a sign of love, and […]

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Macey’s Story

Dear Friends, On this Saturday morning, I wanted to share an inspirational story with you.  For the last few years, my dear friends, Scott and Kim King, have experienced every parents worst nightmare: their daughter Macey was diagnosed with cancer over three years ago. Macey is now ten and, thank God, is cancer free.  She […]

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The Gift of Spiritual Friendship

Usually when I write a post for this blog I reflect on the spiritual life and give some practical advice about how to live in deeper friendship with the Lord.  However, this post, prompted by a recent experience, is more a reflection on the gift of friendship.  If anything, I hope it makes you more […]

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Do You Know the WHOLE Serenity Prayer?

Most of you are probably familiar with the Serenity Prayer.  This prayer has become a source of consolation and strength to Christians and non-Christians alike for the simple reason that it gives voice to our human experience and it resonates deeply in our hearts: God grant me the serenity 
to accept the things I cannot […]

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How to Slay Your Goliath

12-Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous have helped countless people around the world to win the battle over addiction. The 12 Step program, which is really a lived spirituality, helps people to see their Goliath, to name their Goliath, and, with God’s help, to overcome their Goliath. I call it a Goliath because most people in the grip of addiction feel that the giant is just too big, that they can’t defeat it. And the truth is that they can’t defeat it, not with their own will power. But more on that point in a moment. You need not have a serious addiction to benefit from the 12-Step program. We all have Goliaths in our lives: things that keep us down, that we feel are too big to be defeated. So what does this biblical story (1 Samuel 17) teach us about defeating the Goliath in our lives?

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Christ in Haiti

On Sunday, September 16, 2001, churches and other places of worship across the country were filled to overflowing.  I’ll never forget that day. Masses were standing room at St. Philip’s parish where I was serving.  As I looked out on the congregation, serious and sorrowful faces stared back at me.  Some had tears in their […]

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Top 5 Live Holiness Posts

Happy New Year!  I just returned from a wonderful retreat, pilgrimage, and vacation all in one.  I spent about a week and a half in France with four of my brother priests.  We had a prayerful and wonderful time.  The highlight of the trip was spending four days in Ars, the small town where St. […]

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A Simple but Powerful New Year’s Resolution

Please note that I’ll be on retreat and then a little vacation until January 9.  On my retreat I will pray for all of you who read my blog.  I may not be posting again until mid-January.  My new post is right below this disclaimer! ___________________________________________________________________________________________ “Make yourself a capacity and I will make myself […]

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