Thomas Griffin teaches high school religion and lives on Long Island. He has a master’s degree in theology from St. Joseph’s Seminary and College along with a bachelor's degree in theology and philosophy from Molloy College.

Simone of Cyrene: Forced to Follow

Simon of Cyrene is a man mentioned in all of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 27:32; Mark 15:21; Luke 23:26). He is the man forced to help Christ carry the heavy cross that would be used as the vehicle for his murder. Simon is minding his own business, attempting to see what all of the commotion…

St. Joseph: A “Just” Man

Photo by Michael O’Sullivan — We do not have a tremendous amount of details about the step-father of Jesus, and he actually never speaks a word in the Scriptures. However, one description that best encapsulates his life is this: Joseph was a “righteous man” (Mt 1:19). This term is highly specific to the Jewish Bible.…

St. Patrick: Pray in Captivity

Many people know several facts about St. Patrick, and his feast day has become a national phenomenon. Guinness, the parade, corned beef, and much more have become staples of celebrating this saint who helped convert Ireland over fifteen hundred years ago. What often escapes notice is the early life of Patrick. Born in Britain, St.…

Advent Reflections: Feed the Fire

“With…fire,” (Matthew 3:10). The life, mission and message of John the Baptist is always striking and captivating. From the way he is dressed, to his residence in the desert, to his talk of radical repentance, vipers, and fire. John’s desire is to shake up our world view. This Sunday, he highlights the fragile and profound…