Jesus Can Heal our Fevers, Too

Jesus Can Heal our Fevers, Too

“[Jesus] approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them.”

A story by Thomas Farragher, from The Boston Globe, in November of 2017.

The way to Ender’s Island off Mystic, Connecticut, is a tiny one-lane bridge. But for the teens and young adults whose lives have been wrecked by drugs and alcohol, who have left behind a trail of betrayal and defeat, of hopelessness and paralyzing fear, it’s nothing less than the passage of a lifetime.

On the other side of that bridge, they are met by Father Tom Hoar. He asks a simple question: “Have you had enough?”

It’s a question he’s had to confront himself a long time ago. Now it’s a question that he helps others answer, step by step, day by day.

I’m grateful for God’s blessing in my life and in the life of the folks who come across that causeway,” Father Hoar says. “Because people who come across that causeway are looking for hope.” Continue reading

A Test and Act of Faith

A Test and Act of Faith

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“This saying is hard; who can accept it?”

Down through the centuries the followers of Christ would be called upon to profess their faith at various times and under various circumstances. For example, in Japan during the 16th and 17th centuries a persecution of the Church broke out. Many Catholics openly professed their faith and were tortured for it and put to death. 

But one particular Japanese Christian lacked faith strong enough to endure persecution. Under torture he renounced his faith and his life was spared and he was given freedom to live. But when he did so, a Jesuit missionary priest, Father Mastrilli, bravely came forth from the crowd that had been watching him. He acknowledged that he was a Catholic priest. The Japanese officials arrested him immediately and began an excruciating ordeal of sixty hours of torture, finally executing him by beheading him.

The strong faith of this priest was an in Continue reading