2019.07.14 Homily

Readings and Gospel at the USCCB Who is our neighbor? The one who needs our help. / It does not matter who that person is, whether it is someone we like, or someone we hate.  If they need our help, in that moment, they are our neighbor. //// But that isn’t the whole point of […]

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2019.06.30 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB Take a moment, and think of your favorite saint.  Think of their life, their sufferings, their joys, their glory. //// I can say, with absolute confidence, that none of the saints we all thought of, lived lives of comfort and leisure. No matter how obscure the saints we all thought […]

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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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