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Homily from 1/29/2017

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 at 2:03 pm

In America, our Christian faith has a tendency to be a “binary” experience. We think of ourselves as: Christian or nonChristian, saved or not saved, and even Catholic or nonCatholic. Yet being Catholic or Christian or Saved is not enough. The Gospel of the Beatitudes demolishes this myth so that we can embrace Jesus’ true teaching: we are to become like unto him. At the end of my life will people say: “He was a Catholic.” and will I think that is good enough? Or will they say: “He sought to be poor in spirit, meek, pure of heart, and …”

 

 

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time was the source of the readings for this weekend.

 

 

Homily from 1/22/2017

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 at 4:25 pm

Jesus begins his public ministry in the northern part of Galillee, the lands of Zebulun and Naphtali- what does this have to do with you? What does this have to do your own soul and salvation?

 

Readings taken from the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time.

 

 

1st Sunday of Advent, 2016

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 at 5:06 pm

The idea represented by the word, “home,” is one of the most powerful. Home is a place of great importance- security, our guard is down, we find comfort. But, home also represents our “go-to” place. My default. My basic mental place. Can we prepare a home in our heart for Jesus Christ in these weeks of Advent?

 

Readings taken from the 1st Sunday of Advent, homily from the 6:30pm Mass on 11/27/2016.

 

 

Christ the King Homily 2016

Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 at 7:19 pm

In 1925, in the aftermath of World War I, Pope Pius XI had this to say about the prospects of peace if our civil and personnel lives are not centered on Jesus Christ: “These manifold evils in the world were due to the fact that the majority of men had thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law out of their lives; that these had no place either in private affairs or in politics: and we said further, that as long as individuals and states refused to submit to the rule of our Savior, there would be no really hopeful prospect of a lasting peace among nations. Men must look for the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ; and that We promised to do as far as lay in Our power.”

Are we any better off now?

 

Readings taken from the solemn feast of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

 

 

What is hell?

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 at 6:51 pm

The Catholic understanding of hell is much more horrible than pitchforks and fire. If we understood it rightly we would never say to another soul: “Go to hell!” There are true horrors of a spiritual nature in hell.

 

Homily is recorded at 10:30am Mass on 11/13/2016 using the readings of the day.

 

 

What is heaven?

Posted by on at 6:47 pm

Is heaven simply a place of earthly, sensible pleasure? If so, why would men, women, and children throughout the ages (like St. Jose Sanchez del Rio) die for sensible pleasure? Our faith only makes sense when we have a higher vision of heaven.

 

 

This homily was recorded at 10:30am Mass on Sunday, 11/6/2016 using the readings for the day.

 

 

Why purgatory?

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 at 5:46 pm

Why pray for the dead? A brief 7 min introduction to why we pray for the dead and why we teach that purgatory exists for the faithful.

 

 

 

All Saints Day Homily

Posted by on at 5:27 pm

The true answer to our problems will only be found in sanctity and holiness. Come Lord Jesus in your power to transform our lives from weakness and failure by your grace!

 

 

This homily uses the readings for All Saints Day.

 

 

Sunday 10-30-2016 Homily

Posted by on at 5:22 pm

Some things, on first glance, seem like a good idea. Be on guard against one idea from the Gospel today, it is a false hope. The true hope from the Gospel is Jesus Christ who takes Zacchaeus down from the tree and puts His own blessed body in Zacchaeus’ place.

 

 

Homily using the readings from Sunday, October 30, 2016.

 

 

Will there be faith?

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 at 2:28 am

Jesus asks, “when the Son of Man comes, will there be faith on earth?” The most common way we loose our faith is by lack of perseverance. In our spiritual life, Jesus permits us to suffer difficulties in order that He may foster within us the spiritual qualities of endurance, perseverance, resilience and indomitability.

 

 

 This homily references the readings of the 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

 

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