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"The family that prays together stays together." - Venerable Patrick Peyton

Father Boby John, C.S.C.

Father Boby John, C.S.C., ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 2008, worked as a pastor and as an educator with tribal populations in Northeast India for thirteen years. Originally from Kerala, India, Father Boby grew up with three siblings. He is a dedicated and detailed educationist with experience in educational leadership. He is currently working as an executive assistant at the world headquarters of Holy Cross Family Ministries, North Easton, Massachusetts.

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Holy lives of inspiration  |  Seasonal Reflections

Mary's Song of Praise - Weekday Homily Video

At the end of a long sermon on gratitude, a visiting preacher said, "And remember, no matter how small the gift, always be grateful to the Lord." Later, when it was time for the collection, an usher used the preacher's hat to take up the offering.

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Why pray?

God Speaks in Silence - Weekday Homily Video

There is a saying: 'If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." This seems to be Zechariah's thought in the Gospel of Luke after the angel Gabriel gives him great-sounding news: Elizabeth and he are going to have a child. Because he doubts the angel's word, Zechariah is struck mute.

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Holy lives of inspiration  |  Learn more about our faith

How St. Joseph Might Tell the Story - Weekday Homily Video

I love Saint Joseph, a man of action, silent action. While preparing this homily, I felt inspired to see how St. Joseph would describe his experience to other people. Let’s pretend that we are listening to a monologue from Saint Joseph, which I read a long time ago. It goes like this …

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Why pray?

God's Rest - Weekday Homily Video

Howard Loomis was abandoned by his mother in 1918 at Father Flanagan's Home for Boys, which had just opened a year earlier. As a result of his polio, Howard wore heavy leg braces. He had trouble walking, especially up and down stairs. Soon, several of the Home’s older boys carried Howard up and down the stairs. One day, Father Flanagan asked Reuben Granger, one of those older boys, if carrying Howard was hard. Reuben replied, “He isn’t heavy, Father, he’s my brother.”

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Celebrating family life  |  Seasonal Reflections

The Paradise of a Child - Weekday Homily Video

There is something touching about a newborn child. Children have their own way of relating to the world around them. They were once so "one" with the womb of their mother. They relate to the world around them with that sense of "oneness." It is as if the whole world is their friend.

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Love thy Neighbor

Want to See Jesus? - Weekday Homily Video

A source revealed that 80% of what we do depends on our eyes. Eighty percent is indeed a big chunk of activities, while totally blind people have an output of only 20% with regard to work. For the blind, this means goodbye to outdoor sports, goodbye to job opportunities because they have a limited number of them, goodbye to cross stitching, goodbye to movies and sightseeing, goodbye to window shopping and star gazing, goodbye to visual art and beautiful fall foliage. Yet, amidst these limitations, there lies a remarkable resilience.

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