Technical difficulties and a retreat will delay the publication of the November 4th homily and I’m not preaching November 11. So savor the last couple homilies and check out these gems from previous years. November 4th – 31st Sunday God and Government II (Homily for the 31st Sunday) November 11th – 32nd Sunday How to Get Greater Blessings from God ... Read More
All Souls - Here are three reasons why we pray for the dead: 1) Purgatory is Heaven’s Welcome Mat: Wipe your Souls before you enter 2) Communion: Our ancestors are still with us on our journey. 3) We want to meet them at the Resurrection of the Dead.
All Saints - Heaven is full of light, joy, peace… and free of death, evil, and sin. There’s only one requirement to get in: you have to be completely free of sin. Let God’s love fill your heart and life and — voilà! You are already in heaven.
Ordinary 30 - Arlie Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land talks about the Deep Story. Is your Deep Story one individualism and self-preservation? Being a Christian means we are part of Creation: inherently connected, known, and valuable.
Ordinary 29 - We like the idea of leaders serving others... until its our turn. How would life be different if you put others first? It would look like a baseball team helping each other win. If you want to be a servant, you have to do these two things.
Ordinary 28 - You can't do something to inherit eternal life because Jesus himself is Eternal Life. He loves you, and he desires you to be his friend. The journey may cost you everything, but it's worth 100 times more. ”I love you. Come, follow me."
Ordinary 27 - Our marriages would succeed if we would only live 1 Corinthians 13. Let God live in you and love in you. Action items: Daily Devotions, Sunday Worship, Faithful Obedience to God. Pray the Rosary. The Battle of Lepanto, thats why.
Ordinary 26 - Politics is not a sporting event between a red team and a blue team. And Jesus does not want to talk about what those other people are doing wrong. Jesus wants to focus on you. A sense of mission helps us see things from God’s perspective.
Ordinary 25 - Jesus is totally dependent on his Heavenly Father. How do you respond when you feel inadequate? Accept the fact that you are totally dependent on your Heavenly Father. Do your best, and God will do the rest.
Ordinary 23 - We need to get away from the crowd, experience Jesus' love, and be opened to speaking His love to others. I suggest going to Confession and making time for daily prayer. Plug in to the power of God!
Ordinary 21 - Jesus shows that true manhood is laying down your life for others. Christ loves us whole-heartedly. He gives His body and blood so that we can become one flesh with Him. Are you content with your half-hearted love for Jesus?
Ordinary 20 - I read Bishop Ricken’s letter on recent scandals. Then I share my own thoughts about how this is our problem, and what we can do about it. We are grateful that Jesus feeds us with love and mercy so we can journey through evil days.
Ordinary 19 - The gift of the Eucharist nourishes us spiritually. It also teaches us to "see" God's love hidden in the world around us. When we see with Eucharistic eyes, we can become the Eucharistic people God made us to be.
Ordinary 18 - We become slaves to fear, pleasure, and expectations. Obedience to God helps us walk away from our pleasures and expectations and through our fears into true life. Like the youth on Steubenville, or parents with a child with disabilities.
Ordinary 16 - Where can we go to find true peace? Jesus is with us always and He wants to give us peace. You can always take a moment to be present to the God who is present to you. Move towards the middle of the wheel. Let's start right now.
Ordinary 15 - No you can’t "be anything you want to be.” But that’s OK because your Creator has blessed, destined, and chosen you. You have your own special seat in the symphony. Learn to listen to the Conductor and play your roll well.
Ordinary 14 - God calls you to preach the Gospel in your own town and to your own family. Here are three suggestions for preaching the Gospel to your children: 1) Let yourself be challenged and changed 2) Pray with your children 3) Play with your children.
13th Sunday - Jesus touched José, Greg, and Kyle through Confessions, daily Mass, and CYE. Sometimes we have to seek Jesus and take hold of his garments. At other times we need to stay put and wait for Jesus. Are you confident in Jesus' love for you?