2019.08.25 Homily

Readings and Gospel from USCCB My third year of seminary, we took a trip to Kansas City to help out at a soup kitchen. It was an interesting one, because it was a soup kitchen in the back of a van, and it went to where the homeless were. It was educational to see where […]

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2019.08.18 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB The Kingdom of God, is a place of peace. To those who hate peace, it is disgusting. / The followers of Jesus will seek only the truth. Those who love lies, will find the Body of Christ grotesque. //// When Jesus says he comes to establish division, it is the […]

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2019.08.11 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB As a preacher, I must speak the difficult things Jesus asks of us. Because he never asks us to live and ordinary life, just like everyone else. He never asks us to be normal. / Instead, he tells us to sell our belongings and give alms. //// Our lives as […]

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2019.08.04 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB There is a concept, that I originally came across in video gaming, and it’s called min-max. It’s a common sense rule: minimize weaknesses and maximize strengths.  In gaming its used as the number one rule to be applied to every decision: do whatever will minimize your weaknesses or will maximize […]

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2019.07.25 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB There is a quote by the architect Daniel Burnham, that applies perfectly to this week’s Gospel. He was part of the “Chicago School” of architects, a group active at the turn of the 20th century, inventors of the skyscrapers, and the developers of steel-frame construction. His quote goes like this: […]

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2019.07.21 Homily

Readings and Gospel at the USCCB “You are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing.” To listen to the Lord. //// It was my mom who taught me how to listen. Even when I was a little boy, she would listen whenever I had something to tell her. Looking […]

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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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