2019.05.19 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB To will the good of another. / That is the definition of love. / To want to do something good for your beloved. To make them happy, healthy, and whole. To lose yourself, in another. //// Beautiful and simple words. But in practice, they become difficult and sometimes ugly. / […]

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2019.05.12 Mother’s Day Homily

Readings and Gospel at the USCCB It is Good Shepherd Sunday. And when I want to look for an analogy to the Good Shepherd in everyday life, I think of a mother. Willing to sacrifice, ready to give everything for her children. We see a mother like that, and it gives us an image of […]

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2019.05.05 Homily

Readings and Gospel at the USCCB There is a quote from CS Lewis that I’ve seen floating around online for the past few years, it reads: “I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really […]

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2019.04.28 Divine Mercy Homily

Readings and Gospel at the USCCB The mercy of God, is too much. / The level of forgiveness God expresses, is revolting. // When we ask for forgiveness, we seek but a drink of water, but God drowns us in an ocean. / We cannot comprehend what he wants to give us. //// To imagine […]

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2019.03.31 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB A reminder, that when we sin, we effectively tell God to get lost. When we sin, we leave life behind, and actively choose death. Sin is death, whether slow or fast. //// What Jesus gives us in this parable of the Prodigal Son, is a story of conversion. A conversion […]

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2019.03.24 Homily

Gospel and readings at USCCB In our Gospel today, Jesus reminds us of a simple fact: that bad things do not happen because of our individual sin. / Those people were not executed, or those others killed in the collapsing tower, because of the sins they had committed: but because of Original Sin. Cancer, earthquakes, […]

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2019.03.17 Homily

Gospel and readings at USCCB I’ve mentioned it in a few homilies, but in my sixth year of seminary my whole class went to the Holy Land for nine weeks. It was a wonderful learning experience, getting to see the places where the Bible happened. But the best part of any journey, is coming home […]

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2019.03.10 Homily

Gospel and readings at USCCB The mountain where the devil tempted Jesus, is called the Mount of Temptation. Near the top, there’s a monastery with a chapel dedicated to Christ’s triumph over the devil. To reach it you take a cable car halfway up the mountain, then walk the rest of the way up on […]

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2019.03.03 Homily

Gospel and readings at USCCB When I was in high school we learned the scientific method. We had to know the steps backwards and forwards: observation, question, hypothesize, test, analyze. Five simple steps to knowing more than you knew before. It wasn’t until college that we learned about the historic origins of the methodology. In […]

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2019.02.24 Homily

Gospel and Readings at USCCB Listen again to the words of Jesus: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Bless those that curse you. Pray for those who mistreat you. Give to everyone who asks of you. From the one who takes what is yours, do not demand it back. Do to […]

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