Will Divine Providence Spoil the Party in the Ocean State?

August 5, 2019 (Edward J. Barr – Contributor) – Like many Americans the summer is time for vacations. For my wife and I, the annual trip to New England in the summer time is always a highlight. Growing up in Rhode Island, it was always a matter of pride to live in the “most Catholic” … More Will Divine Providence Spoil the Party in the Ocean State?

The Rise in Death & Despair makes NONEsense

June 21, 2019 (Edward J. Barr – Contributor) – The recently released 2019 Commonwealth Fund’s Study on State Health Performance highlighted the negative impact drug overdose, suicide, and alcohol abuse have had on the nation’s health. The term “deaths of despair” appropriately describes the hopelessness of many who have succumbed to these three soldiers of … More The Rise in Death & Despair makes NONEsense

The Dagger of Private Interpretation and the Coming Martyrdom

May 22, 2019 (Edward J. Barr – Contributor) – Among the novelties brought into the Christian faith by the Protestant revolution, perhaps the deadliest is the belief in private interpretation of Scripture. That the church of the late 15th and early 16th century was deeply flawed and in need of renewal there is of no … More The Dagger of Private Interpretation and the Coming Martyrdom

The Four Marks of the Church – Realities in the Midst of the Tempest

  March 19, 2019 – (Edward J. Barr – Contributor) -The Nicene Creed is a succinct explanation of our faith that is said at Mass throughout most of the liturgical year. By reciting the Creed with our fellow Catholics, we state that we affirm and believe all elements of the Creed. Yet what exactly are … More The Four Marks of the Church – Realities in the Midst of the Tempest

What Would Judas Do? Maccabean responses in a post-Christian world

January 11, 2019 (Edward J. Barr – Contributor) – The period of the Maccabees (175 to 134 BC) was a time of persecution of the faith and a crisis of conscience for the faithful. At that time the subjugation of the Jewish people was at the hands of the Seleucid Greeks.  The hopes of Jewish … More What Would Judas Do? Maccabean responses in a post-Christian world

Another Eucharistic Miracle: Suicide Prevention

December 14, 2018 (Edward J. Barr – Contributor) – The season of Advent is a glorious time as the Church prepares for the Birth of our Savior at Christmas. Pastors prepare the flock for the arrival of the Christ child as churches come alive in color and decorations for the glorious day.  An even greater awareness … More Another Eucharistic Miracle: Suicide Prevention

Father Sudac and the Reality of Evil

July 19, 2018 (Edward J. Barr – Guest Contributor) – Horrific shrieks exploded from the far back corner of the packed room. Shrill, piercing utterances were interspersed with guttural emanations in the local language, or perhaps a language of another realm.  The shouts began when the priest’s prayer of deliverance sought to banish a particular sin … More Father Sudac and the Reality of Evil

The Bread of Presence foreshadows the Eucharist

May 10, 2018 (Edward J. Barr – Guest Contributor) – Most Catholics recognize the manna provided by Yahweh to the Israelites in the desert (Exod. 16) is a prefiqurement of the Eucharist.  Catholic faith can only be fully understood if viewed in the context of the faith and practices of God’s chosen people. The gift … More The Bread of Presence foreshadows the Eucharist

Our Lady of the Airways – IN the World but not OF it

April 30, 2018 (Edward J. Barr – Guest Contributor) – The challenge of living IN the world without being OF the world is something I continue to struggle with on occasion.  This challenge doesn’t come when I am at home in my “comfort” zone of daily prayer, Mass, and spiritual readings.  It comes when my … More Our Lady of the Airways – IN the World but not OF it