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

Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C.

Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C. is Chaplain at the Father Peyton Center in Easton, MA. Before coming to Holy Cross Family Ministries he served as a teacher and a parish priest. He also served for six years as a General Assistant of the Congregation in Rome, Italy. Originally from Fall River, MA, Father Leo grew up with eight siblings. Gifted with several languages, he is able to serve the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian communities. When he's not greeting everyone who comes to the Father Peyton Center, you can find him regularly reading newspapers!

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Saints Who Still Inspire – Family Reflection Video

In the gospel today, Jesus said to His disciples, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves.” They are with us still, preying on the elderly while others promote political or religious thought that is deceptive.

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Christ’s Light Dispels the Darkness - Family Reflection Video

As I listened to the murderous exploits of the mother, who, seeing her son dead, began to kill off the whole royal family, I was reminded of King Richard III of England. He was suspected of murdering his two young nephews, Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury while they were confined to the infamous Tower of London in the summer of 1483.

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Making Jesus Known, Loved, and Served - Family Reflection Video

Listening to the extensive missionary travels of Saint Paul for the past couple of weeks, I was reminded that although his travels were far more extensive, I had my own share of missionary travels during my six years living in Rome. I visited Holy Cross religious in Asia, Africa, and North and South America.

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Does Our Branch Need Any Pruning? - Family Reflection Video

Those of us in this part of our world who are experiencing Spring, flowers growing, trees sprouting leaves and bushes revealing new growth, new branches, welcome these words of Jesus today when he says that he is the vine, and we are the branches. He talked about the need to prune the branches, to give way to new growth.

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Receive the Peace of Christ - Family Reflection Video

What words of assurance are we receiving today from God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit? What message might God and the Holy Spirit want us to hear today and to ponder. You can expect challenges, you can expect hardships as my followers, and some may find the challenges and hardships too much to bear but if you remain in me, I will remain with you.

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God is the Power Behind Our Accomplishments - Family Reflection Video

We meet the apostles Paul and Barnabas. Once again, they are attack. Not everyone appreciated their preaching, and we hear today they had to flee to avoid the crowd that was seeking to stone them. We heard about one of their healings, the cure of the cripple man. The crowds became ecstatic. It happens today. We hear of people going to different parts of the world once they hear that something extraordinary happened.

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