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Charles Paolino

Deacon Paolino spent 43 years in newspaper journalism and more than 30 years as an adjunct instructor of English at various universities and colleges. He is a permanent deacon of the Diocese of Metuchen, ministering in liturgy, preaching, and adult education at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Whitehouse Station. He also is a columnist for The Catholic Spirit, the newspaper and web site of the Diocese of Metuchen.

 

The human population is evolving into two categories: those who lived before and those who live during the digital age.   Those who lived before have at least one disadvantage: they’re more easily forgotten.   A case in point arose recently when I did a Google search on Monsignor William Wall.   I met Monsignor […]

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During the forty-plus years that I worked as a newspaper editor, there were several instances in central New Jersey in which people reported seeing apparitions of the Virgin Mary.   The most recent example involved a family that said that when they stood in their yard and looked up at a window on the second […]

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The Mission Co-op preacher in our parish this year was a Maryknoll priest who said that Africa, where he worked for many years, is no longer “mission territory.”   I don’t know how the Church categorizes the Muslim countries in the northern Africa, but I have seen the overall Catholic population of the continent placed […]

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One of the hit songs around the time that I was finishing high school was “You Talk Too Much,” written by Reginald Hall and sung by Joe Jones on a record that made No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.   As was typical of the rock ‘n’ roll lyrics of that time, the […]

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I must admit that I felt a little presumptuous breaking the Ramadan fast when I hadn’t been fasting in the first place.   But my wife and I had been invited to attend a catered dinner in a firehouse banquet hall where the local Muslim community was gathering to break their fast.   The invitation […]

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I once overheard a man telling his companion that she was overreacting to whatever situation they were discussing.   “Ask yourself this,” he said. “A hundred years from now, who will know the difference?”   That advice immediately made me think of the same sentiment put in another way and in another language: “Quid hoc […]

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In one of his short stories—“The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether”—Edgar Allen Poe wrote, “Believe nothing you hear and only one half that you see.”   This statement, which has been altered in various ways and attributed to writers other than Poe, is nonetheless good advice if it means that one should not […]

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When I was a boy, my mother subscribed to six women’s magazines.   I was a compulsive reader even then, so I leafed through “McCall’s” and “Ladies Home Journal” and so forth as soon as they arrived.   One thing that caught my eye was a column written by Eleanor Roosevelt, who by then was […]

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When I was a member of St. Joseph’s parish in High Bridge, New Jersey, the church was so crowded at one Easter Sunday Mass that the pastor invited standees to take seats in the sanctuary.   The only people to accept the invitation were a woman and her teenaged daughter.   After Mass, the woman […]

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During one of our visits to my family in Italy, my cousin asked on a Thursday morning if we wanted to attend Mass that evening.   My relatives live in a tiny village that hasn’t changed appreciably since my grandparents left it more than a hundred years ago; in fact, the house the Paolinos live […]

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