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These podcasts feature homilies given at Mass and commentaries on various eclectic topics.

These podcasts feature homilies given at Mass and commentaries on various eclectic topics.

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United States

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These podcasts feature homilies given at Mass and commentaries on various eclectic topics.

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English


Episodes

Homily for January 24, 2021

1/24/2021
Are you Jonah? Or are you Andrew, Peter, James or John? The readings today indicate that we can decide to avoid God, running far away, or we can "drop our nets" and follow Jesus wherever he leads. Whether we say yes right away, or it takes us awhile, God continues to call us to something more wonderful that we can imagine. Continue reading Homily for January 24, 2021 at The DePorres Pages.

Duration:00:08:16

Homily for January 21, 2021

1/21/2021
Do you really believe that Jesus is the divine Son of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity? Or is Jesus simply a nice guy who is a little better than we are? While we want to remember that Jesus is approachable, we also want to know that Jesus is strong enough to handle whatever we set before him. Continue reading Homily for January 21, 2021 at The DePorres Pages.

Duration:00:02:20

Nine Days for Life: Day One

1/21/2021
Intercession. Prayers. Reflection. Acts of Reparation. One Step Further. Pray the Novena 9 days for life today. Pray for an end to the tragic practice of abortion. Continue reading Nine Days for Life: Day One at The DePorres Pages.

Duration:00:08:16

Nine Days for Life Novena: Intro

1/19/2021
9 Days for Life is a multi-faceted novena for the respect and protection of human life. Each day, a different intention is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions, and related information. Sign up to receive the novena by email, text message, or an app at www.9daysforlife.com. Continue reading Nine Days for Life Novena: Intro at The DePorres Pages.

Duration:00:01:57

Homily for January 19, 2021

1/19/2021
Do you trust the promises? Today's first reading from the Letter to the Hebrews tells us we are inheritors of the promises. What are they? The promise that God loves us. The promise that God forgives sins. The promise that God is always with us. Do you trust the promises? Continue reading Homily for January 19, 2021 at The DePorres Pages.

Duration:00:01:26

Homily for January 17, 2021

1/17/2021
Listen. See. Share. Today's readings provide a framework for Christian discipleship. Samuel hears the voice of God but does not know it is God. But once he does, wow. He becomes a great prophet. Saint John the Baptist points out the Lamb of God. And some of his disciples follow. Andrew is convinced Jesus is the Messiah and he shares this belief with his brother Simon. Listen. See. Share. Continue reading Homily for January 17, 2021 at The DePorres Pages.

Duration:00:07:43

Homily for January 14, 2021

1/14/2021
Disturb me, O Lord. Make me uncomfortable. The trend today seems to be to avoid discomfort, sometimes at all costs. In many ways, the current state of affairs in our country is the inability to allow ourselves to be uncomfortable. Whenever it happens, we are tempted to avoid it. And yet, we need to remember the source of our discomfort may be God himself. Continue reading Homily for January 14, 2021 at The DePorres Pages.

Duration:00:02:07

Homily for January 10, 2021

1/10/2021
Does your baptism make a difference in your life? Do you live differently and make different choices than you would if you were not baptized? Our baptism connects us to Jesus and to the Church. As such, these relationships should transform every aspect of our lives. Our thoughts, words and actions should be those who have committed their lives to following Jesus wherever that may lead. Continue reading Homily for January 10, 2021 at The DePorres Pages.

Duration:00:07:27

Never deny, seldom affirm, always distinguish: A framework for political discussion

1/9/2021
The events of this week at the US Capitol have left me, like many, shaken. The takeover of the capitol was something I only believed happened in “banana republics”, not in a country claiming to be built on the foundation of reason and persuasion as the method to settle disputes. I have attempted to write my reaction to these events many times, only to find it difficult to do so. Continue reading Never deny, seldom affirm, always distinguish: A framework for political discussion at The...

Duration:00:11:19

Homily for January 7, 2021

1/7/2021
While the readings for daily Mass are almost always decided ahead of time, there are days like today when the readings appear to be especially chosen by God for us. After the horrific events at the capitol yesterday, Saint John reminds us of the importance of love. And Jesus reads the passage from Isaiah that teaches us what it means to love. Continue reading Homily for January 7, 2021 at The DePorres Pages.

Homily for January 5, 2021

1/5/2021
Merry Christmas! If you have been counting, you know that today is the 12th Day of Christmas. The Incarnation is so important, so miraculous, that we celebrate it not just with a day, but for a season. Eight Days of an Octave, and Christmas days right up until the Baptism of the Lord. And the message of the Incarnation is simple, for Jesus tells us again and again: God loves us. Jesus loves us. And the truth is we need to hear it over and over again. And when love is involved, it demands...

Duration:00:02:41

Emmanuel, God-with-us is not just about Christmas

1/3/2021
Not, I'll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee; Not untwist — slack they may be — these last strands of man. These words by Gerard Manley Hopkins from his poem Carrion Comfort are from a person firmly finished with the negativity of life that has led to the precipice of despair. In fact, this poem represents Gerard Manley Hopkin's struggle with depression. Death and despair are for him closely related, and in this poem Hopkins rejects suicide as the answer to his despair. Having...

Duration:00:12:19

Homily for Epiphany, 2021

1/2/2021
See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples. This is a sentence that could have described 2020 even though it was written by the prophet Isaiah centuries ago. We had economic distress, the global pandemic, physical separation from those we love and care about. In the midst of all this, did we witness as a people of light to a world of darkness? Did we live the example of faith that became attractive to those without hope? Or did we give into the darkness? Continue...

Duration:00:09:15

Homily for January 1, 2021

1/1/2021
Ever wonder what Mary's favorite title is? While I think being identified as a disciple of her Son is at the top of the list, I suspect the other title that rises to the top is "Mom." When I think of my own mother, and other women who are mothers, it seems that the best mothers treasure the moment. Mary reflected and treasured these things in her heart. And I suspect she treasured nothing more than those divine experiences that allowed the Holy Spirit to act always through her in her...

Duration:00:04:03

Homily for December 27, 2020

12/27/2020
The word family has many meanings and connotations. There is the traditional nuclear family understanding. There are those whose definition of family has been changed by tragedy and sickness. The word is used as a metaphor for other groups of people. We speak of a "parish family", or the "family of nations," or in my own Dominican community the "Dominican family." Regardless of how we understand it, the Holy Family provides a model for what it means to be family. Continue reading Homily for...

Duration:00:06:22