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

Father Pinto Paul, C.S.C.

Father Pinto Paul C.S.C., ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1999, worked with tribal populations in northeast India as a missionary for ten years. In 2010 he came to the US for further studies. While working as a campus minister at Stonehill College, he assisted pastors in local parishes, led seminars and workshops for teachers and students in the US and earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, Cambridge. He is currently working as the International Director of the Boston-based Holy Cross Family Ministries with missions in 17 countries.

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Love thy Neighbor  |  Seasonal Reflections

Bringing Faith, Hope, and Joy to Others - Family Reflection Video

A couple of years ago, when I was in Ireland, I had the opportunity to climb the Croagh Patrick. This 764-meter mountain is an important pilgrimage site in Mayo, Ireland. I found it a herculean task to climb steep rocks and slippery slopes, even though I was wearing good boots and had two walking sticks. It took me around three hours to reach the top. I was gasping for breath and tired. I thought of giving up when I was halfway to the top. But something kept me going.

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Holy lives of inspiration  |  Seasonal Reflections

Respond to the Signs - Family Reflection Video

Mary is alive! Yesterday we celebrated the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Today we are celebrating the memorial of St. Juan Diego, to whom our Lady appeared in 1531. Diego and his wife had been among the first to be baptized by the Franciscan missionaries in Mexico in 1524 when they were 50 years old. While on his way to morning mass one day, Juan Diego was visited by Mary.

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Return to the Church  |  Why pray?

Turning Sorrow into Joy - Family Reflection Video

Human life, in many cases, seems to be an undulating movement, a falling apart, a pulling together, a gloomy night, and then a sunny day. And in our own lives, going away from God and coming back to God.

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Learn more about our faith  |  Return to the Church

God Lives in Us - Family Reflection Video

There is a story about a little girl standing with her grandfather by an old-fashioned open well. They had just lowered a bucket and had drawn some water to drink. The little girl asked, “Where does God live?”

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Celebrating family life

You are Important, Precious, and Loved – Family Reflection Video

As a young boy growing up, despite the many gifts and talents that I was blessed with, I often thought I was not good, capable, or loved. I grew up with a negative self-image until I met a priest who helped me to see myself as God sees me. He gave me a mantra and told me to repeat it three times a day.

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Love thy Neighbor  |  Strengthening family unity

Be More, Love More, Do More – Family Reflection Video

I heard this story from a homilist. “A man died and was admitted into heaven. The Angel gave him a brief tour around the Kingdom. What caught his attention were the numerous pairs of ears hanging all over. So, he asked the Angel, ‘What are those?’ The Angel replied, ‘Those are human ears.’ He asked, ‘But why are they here hanging all over the place?’

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