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Homilies preached by Fr. Michael Schmitz, Chaplain for the University of Minnesota-Duluth Catholic Campus Ministry.

Homilies preached by Fr. Michael Schmitz, Chaplain for the University of Minnesota-Duluth Catholic Campus Ministry.
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Homilies preached by Fr. Michael Schmitz, Chaplain for the University of Minnesota-Duluth Catholic Campus Ministry.

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10/14/18 Rivals: The Reason is the Rival

10/15/2018
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Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. God has an absolute claim on your heart. What is the reason you won’t give it to him? There is a clear difference between a reason and an excuse. Excuses are not acceptable answers, but there are times when even “good reasons” fail to be “good enough.“ Mass Readings from October 14, 2018: Wisdom 7:7-11 Psalm 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17 Hebrews 4:12-13 Mark 10:17-30 TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING...

Duration:00:27:31

10/07/18 Rivals: All...or Nothing

10/8/2018
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Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. There are some relationships that do not tolerate rivals. There are only two kinds of relationships that get to a point where it is “all…or nothing“: Romantic relationships and our relationship with Jesus. If we say “all“, that carries with it some consequences. Namely, all of our heart must belong to the other. Mass Readings from October 7, 2018: Genesis 2:18-24 Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 Hebrews 2:9-11 Mark 10:2-16 TO DOWNLOAD...

Duration:00:22:57

09/30/18 Greatest of All Time: To Be Great, Let Go

10/1/2018
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Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. True greatness lies in being able to let go of whatever you don’t need. The temptation to fall back into measuring greatness according to the standards of the world is powerful. And when we see the good that others have and have accomplished, it can be easy to fall into comparison, jealousy, and envy. We can be afraid that we are not enough because another has more. But Jesus reveals that His greatest moment is the moment He held on to...

Duration:00:24:14

09/23/18 Greatest of All Time: Selfless Ambition

9/26/2018
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Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Ambition involves the willingness to risk. Selfless ambition is the willingness to risk the loss of status for the good of someone else. Great leaders are not those who make their authority over others felt. Great leaders (and great people) are those who, like Christ, place themselves and their gifts at the service of others. They have no fear of losing their status, because they have no status to lose. Mass Readings from September 23,...

09/16/18 Greatest of All Time: To Be Great, Give

9/17/2018
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Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Could you be great even if no one knew? The desire to be seen and to be known is written deep in the human heart. But is a person great simply because a large number of people acknowledge them? Jesus reveals that true greatness is when a person gives themselves away to something or someone greater; it is to lay down one’s life for Him and for the Gospel. It does not consist in self-protection or self-expression, but in...

Duration:00:22:03

09/09/18 Greatest of All Time: Identity, Not Ability

9/10/2018
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Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. You don't have to do all the things. You just have to do the thing. We can put off doing the one thing we need to do in order to do other, less important, tasks. Or we can do the will of God as He lays it out for us and simply do the thing. Mass Readings from September 09, 2018: Isaiah 35:4-7 Psalm 146:6-10 James 2:1-5 Mark 7:31-37 TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER...

Duration:00:19:37

09/02/18 Do The Thing

9/3/2018
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Homily from the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. You don't have to do all the things. You just have to do the thing. We can put off doing the one thing we need to do in order to do other, less important, tasks. Or we can do the will of God as He lays it out for us and simply do the thing. Mass Readings from September 02, 2018: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 Psalm 15:2-5 James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Duration:00:18:39

08/26/18 Not Welcome. Invited.

8/27/2018
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Homily from the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time. God is not indifferent to you. Mass Readings from August 26, 2018: Joshua 24:1-2, 15-17, 18 Psalm 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21 Ephesians 5:21-32 John 6:60-69 To view Father Mike's response to the sex abuse scandal in the Church, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdR8eyaDCHg

Duration:00:19:03

06/10/18 The Unforgivable Sin

6/10/2018
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Homily from the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. At the heart of the unforgivable sin are two words. The two words “I’m fine” might be a simple way of saying “no thanks.” But it is also a way of saying “I do not desire to change my current status.” Even if a person is thirsty or hungry, they might say “I’m fine" in response to an offer of water or food. In a similar way, someone who longs for mercy might say “I’m fine” in response to the offer of grace. Mass Readings from June 10,...

Duration:00:21:24

05/06/18 An Example

5/7/2018
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Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter. You do not need permission to be an example. Not all of us can have influence, but we can all be an example. Mass Readings from May 6, 2018: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4 1 John 4:7-10 John 15:9-17

Duration:00:27:23

04/29/18 What's Next: Go With

4/30/2018
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Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Easter. Confidence is critical to moving forward. Surrender is the key to confidence. It is one thing to have confidence when a person has power and knowledge. There is another kind of confidence that is necessary when a person is powerless and answerless. This is the kind of confidence in another – – God – – that is willing to place everything a person has and doesn’t have under the Lordship of Jesus. Mass Readings from April 29, 2018: Acts 9:26-31 Psalm...

Duration:00:19:48

04/22/18 What's Next: When the Chips Are Down

4/24/2018
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Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter. In calling us to what’s next, God doesn’t necessarily take anything away, but He gives us something. He doesn’t necessarily take away the danger or the fear, but He gives us what we need for the next thing. Courage is using what you’ve been given the moment what you’ve been given is needed the most. Mass Readings from April 22, 2018: Acts 4:8-12 Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29 1 John 3:1-2 John 10:11-18 TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON...

Duration:00:26:23

04/15/18 What's Next: What's Now

4/16/2018
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Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter. Looking ahead only gets you so far. Being convinced by Christ is one thing, being convicted to take action is another. The call is to be converted…to be changed…to be like Christ. This can happen when we follow the commandments with God’s grace and allow ourselves to be transformed. But this means that we are attentive to what’s now so that we can be ready for what’s next. Mass Readings from April 15, 2018: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-8,...

Duration:00:24:50

04/08/18 What's Next: Something More Than Control

4/9/2018
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Homily from the Second Sunday of Easter. To move forward with joy, one needs something more powerful than control. The early Church was filled with men and women who lived in uncertainty. The current Church is filled with men and women who live in uncertainty. The key difference between them and us is that they had something more sure than certainty and something more powerful than control…they were convinced. Mass Readings from February 25, 2018: Acts 4:32-35 Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15,...

Duration:00:24:06

03/30/18 Give and Receive

3/30/2018
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Homily from Good Friday of the Lord's Passion. It is better to give and receive than to take and reject. Mass Readings from March 30, 2018: Isaiah 52:13—53:12 Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25 Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 John 18:1—19:42

Duration:00:17:29

03/25/18 Sign Your Name

3/26/2018
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Homily from Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion. Make the Passion personal. The Passion and death of Christ is so...big. Sometimes it can seem so big that it becomes impersonal. But this event was not anonymous and the sufferings of Jesus were not generic. Each moment has a name attached to it, and each blow was specific. Until what I did to him becomes personal, what he did for me it's not personal. Mass Readings from March 25, 2018: Isaiah 50:4-7 Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20,...

Duration:00:26:19

03/18/18 The Root: Fruit or Root

3/19/2018
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Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent. Is the change cosmetic? Or substantial? Transformation is a part of life. And Lent is all about allowing God to make us into the kind of people He has created and called us to be. And yet, many of us spend time focusing on the “fruits” of change rather than being attentive to the root. We can change cosmetically, but lasting change has to be substantial. This change has to reach the root. It has to be connected to our identity. And it has to flow from...

Duration:00:25:14

03/11/18 The Root: Radical

3/12/2018
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Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent. God responds to our radical need with His radical love. Many people find it incredibly difficult to be honest...even with themselves. But unless we get past the surface to the root of what is truly in our hearts, not only will we not know ourselves, no one else will know us either. In our relationship with God, we need to be honest with what is in our heart, we need to entrust what we've found to Him, and we need to be vulnerable enough to receive His...

Duration:00:29:24

02/25/18 The Root: Transparent and Vulnerable

2/26/2018
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Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent. Can I be honest? Many people find it incredibly difficult to be honest...even with themselves. But unless we get past the surface to the root of what is truly in our hearts, not only will we not know ourselves, no one else will know us either. In our relationship with God, we need to be honest with what is in our heart, we need to entrust what we've found to Him, and we need to be vulnerable enough to receive His love. Mass Readings from February 25,...

Duration:00:21:55

02/18/18 The Root: Age of Compromise

2/19/2018
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Homily from the First Sunday of Lent. Are these ashes no more than skin deep? We live in a unique time. It is, in many ways, an age marked by a disposition towards compromise. One where convictions and beliefs are quickly and easily discarded whenever they become inconvenient. But the Christian must be able to stand. Therefore, the follower of Christ must go to the places of testing: the desert, the heart, the root. Mass Readings from February 18, 2017: Genesis 9:8-15 Psalm 25:4-9 1...

Duration:00:25:36