Category Archives: Suffering

Build Unity in Holiness Under the Banner of Christ

Posted by Fr. Thomas Fitzpatrick, Rector of St. Joseph Cathedral Last Wednesday Bishop Swain celebrated the Mass of the Blessing of the Oil of Catechumens, the Oil of the Sick and the Consecration of the Sacred Chrism. As explained in … Continue reading

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Laetare, Jerusalem!…..Be joyful Jerusalem!!

Posted by Fr. Thomas Fitzpatrick, Rector of St. Joseph Cathedral Lots of wind and chill this week; and just as we declare victory over our icy sidewalks and begin to believe that our salt stockpiles might just make it through … Continue reading

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Lenten Efforts Spring from the Heart

Posted by Fr. Thomas Fitzpatrick, Rector of St. Joseph Cathedral The Transfiguration of Christ gives great insight to the meaning of the adage ‘action follows Being’. It points to this theological reality and our desire as children of God; we … Continue reading

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Lenten Sacrifices

Posted by Fr. Thomas Fitzpatrick, Rector of St. Joseph Cathedral As we begin this season of Lent, what really matters is where it leads us. We know by our place in the history of Salvation that Lent ends in Easter … Continue reading

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Taking a Stand for the Truth

Post by Fr. Thomas Fitzpatrick, Rector of St. Joseph Cathedral “For Zion’s sake I will not be silent, For Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet. Until her vindication shines forth like the dawn And her victory like a burning … Continue reading

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Finding True Hope and Joy in Christ

Posted by Fr. Thomas Fitzpatrick, Rector of St. Joseph Cathedral These last days before Christmas were absolute torture growing up. The expectation, coupled with the struggle to stay on Santa’s good list while trying to tame our excitement meant each minute passed … Continue reading

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The Hidden Gift of Suffering

A unique characteristic of the Christian life is the call to carry our crosses – not only to carry them but embrace them.  In our convenience-driven culture, we are apt to feel that struggles are mistakes.  We work quickly to … Continue reading

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Saint Pio

Posted by Monsignor Charles M. Mangan + J.M.J.  Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968), known as Padre Pio, was to the middle part of the twentieth century what Blessed Mary Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), known as Mother Teresa, was to the … Continue reading

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At the Cross Her Station Keeping

 Posted by Monsignor Charles M. Mangan + J.M.J.  “Near the cross stood His Mother . . . .”   Mary, the faithful Virgin, was close to her beloved Son Jesus Christ on Calvary. She accompanied Him to His painful death and participated in … Continue reading

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Prayer for Purification

From a talk by Fr. Jeff Norfolk: Three Hail Mary’s Protection of Mind, Heart and Body Purification of Thoughts, Words and Actions One of the first to practice this and to recommend it was St Anthony of Padua (1195–1231). His … Continue reading

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