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"Let every knee bend before Thee, O greatness of my God, so supremely humbled in the Sacred Host. May every heart love Thee, every spirit adore Thee and every will be subject to Thee!"
— St. Margaret Mary

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"Heaven is filled with converted sinners of all kinds, and there is room for more."

St. Joseph Cafasso

All General Business Meetings
First Tuesday of every Month
 7:00pm
St Anthony's Maronite Catholic Church
375 Island Pond Road
All Knight's Welcome!!!

Social Meetings / Special Meetings
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"Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you."
— St. Thomas Aquinas

"Let us never forget that if we wish to die like the saints we must live like them."
— St. Théodore Guérin

FLYNN: Put Down the Screen and Get Out and Talk to People.


Despite the seemingly unlimited access to breaking news updates and nonstop photos people post of their daily lives on social media, the best way to get a true sense of what is going on in our community and what issues matter to the folks who live here is to get out and talk to people.

It’s this desire to stay in touch with the residents of our city that keeps me walking as much as possible and taking the MBTA all the time. From Pizzeria Regina’s in the North End to the Food Court at the South Bay Center, I like to think that I know what average people are thinking — because I ask them.

Just the other morning, while we were walking over to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End, my 10-year-old grandson, Braeden, and I stopped in at Monsignor John Powers Elderly Housing Development on L Street to say hello to all of the residents.

When we arrived, the residents were being treated to hot dogs and snacks by volunteers from the Rev. Charles Dunn’s Hub Protestant Church in the Powers beautifully well-kept outdoor yard area. Thanks to groundskeeper Bill Shaughnessy, the yard looks like the Rose Garden at the White House.

Over the years, I’ve cherished my conversations with housing residents like Terry Farrell of South Boston, Doris Bunte and Mildred Hailey of Roxbury and Mary McGinnis of Charlestown at various senior living developments in Boston because, like my friend and former HUD Secretary Jack Kemp often said: “The tenants are always well-informed and balanced in their understanding of the issues. Concerns about families and public safety are often on the top of their lists of political priorities.”

Heading down Washington Street in the South End after Mass, I was stopped by a longtime progressive activist who asked me if I was going to attend a benefit fundraiser for Larry Kessler of the Boston AIDS Action Committee.

Then, on our way home, I received a call from state Rep. Nick Collins, who was visiting Italy with his lovely wife and wanted to take a tour of the Sistine Chapel and the Scavi. The conversation quickly turned to the recently passed state budget, and the money for drug addiction programs it included. Then he told me he didn’t think residents realize how hard legislators fought to fund various life-saving services,

In response, I told him: “It’s up to people like me to let them know how hard you all work.”

Despite what cynics say, I’ll always tell you the truth about what I hear and think. I know as much about the people of our city as I did when I was mayor.

Walking the city and talking to people doesn’t make me smarter than anybody else — but I think it makes me someone who knows what’s going on.

Raymond L. Flynn is a former mayor of Boston and former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.