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






Spend 5 With Jesus: Into Your Hands

Every night as my community prays night prayer, or compline, part of the prayer is singing this phrase: “Lord, into your hands I commend my spirit.” It is a phrase that in one form or another, in the gospels, is expressed by Jesus. As he dies on the cross, he gives his human life over to the Father. It is a prayer many saints are believed to have said upon their death. And it is the prayer Stephen prays today as he is killed for his faith in Jesus. Continue reading Spend 5 With Jesus: Into...


Spend 5 With Jesus: Filled with Grace and Power

As you pray today, take a moment to ask God where it is he wants to use you. What is it that God wants you to recognize about the gifts he has given to you? How is it that God wants you to witness to what can be done when you are filled with grace and power, and you realize it? Ask Jesus today to help you to open your heart and soul to him. Ask Jesus to help you to be aware to the many ways he has filled you with gifts and graces. Take some time today to thank Jesus for all that he has done...


Spend 5 With Jesus: Denial

The loving power of Jesus is the message of Easter. Peter denies three times, then three times he affirms his love for Jesus, who then shares with him that this time, Peter will give his life for Jesus. Thomas does not believe solely on the testimony of the disciples, but only when he has the encounter with the Risen Christ. John, faithful even standing at the foot of the Cross, does not hold grudges. Continue reading Spend 5 With Jesus: Denial at The Friar.


Spend 5 with Jesus: Do Not Be Afraid

"Do not be afraid." “The phrase "Fear not! (or equivalent translations) appears only slightly over 100 times in the Old Testament, as well as slightly over 40 times in the New Testament.” (Some claim there are 365 such citations in the bible, but, while inspiring (one for each day of the year) it is not biblically accurate.) Continue reading Spend 5 with Jesus: Do Not Be Afraid at The Friar.


Spend 5 with Jesus: Taking the Broad View

Are you a narrow thinker of faith, or a broad thinker? Today’s first reading presents narrow thinking and broad thinking. We have seen for the past few days narrow thinking about the apostles. For the members of the Sanhedrin, the apostles can only be seen as troublemakers limiting their power. Maybe they even thought that by continuing to let them speak they risked the cozy relationship with the Romans. Continue reading Spend 5 with Jesus: Taking the Broad View at The Friar.


Homily for Thursday, April 15, 2021

We do not always remember, but every time we are at Mass we witness the intersection of heaven and earth. In fact, we live in a world that is constantly infused with heavenly things if we look with the eyes of faith. Do you focus on heaven or earth? Continue reading Homily for Thursday, April 15, 2021 at The Friar.


Spend 5 with Jesus: Obedience

Prayer can often be just talking to God. But to grow in the spiritual life you must obey God. And obeying begins when you listen to God. Continue reading Spend 5 with Jesus: Obedience at The Friar.


Homily for Wednesday, April 14, 2021

It can be easy to say we do not believe in God. Or, it can be easy as well to take the love of God for us for granted. Imagine if married couples ignored each other because they said, "I know they love me." Or imagine children saying the same to their parents. We can do this with God. While it is true that God loves us infinitely, in a way we cannot grasp, it does not mean we do not need to seek to be open to receiving that love. We must avail ourselves of the grace he gives us so we can...


Spend 5 with Jesus: Jealousy

Generally speaking people do not admit when they are jealous. Somehow, we learn early that this feeling is something unpleasant and not to be acknowledged. This leads, at its worst, to horrible actions. People in relationships can cause harm to others when they are jealous. People who are jealous can waste so much energy thinking about something they do not have. Jealousy is usually accompanied by feelings of anger, envy, and frustration. Put simply, jealousy is simply a miserable...


Homily for Tuesday, April 13, 2021

An authentic relationship with Jesus does not mean we cannot trust our intellect. But it does mean we need to believe in miracles. Nicodemus can accept the authority of Jesus' teaching, but the idea he would have to be born from above is too much. Do you believe in miracles? Continue reading Homily for Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at The Friar.


Spend 5 With Jesus: From Above

While I do not hear it as much anymore, there was a period of time where Christians (especially Evangelical Christians) would ask others if they had been born again. If the answer was yes, often individuals would identify themselves as “Born Again Christians.” Interestingly, however, they are making the same mistake that Nicodemus made as recounted in today’s gospel. In fact, the phrase that was translated “being born again” is a mistranslation. Here is what Jesus said. “You must be born...


Homily for Sunday, April 11, 2021

Over and over God has set things up for us that we might know and be aware of his love for each one of us. And, at least for me, it feels like over and over again I sin. Yet fortunately for all of us, Jesus is a God who forgives. Continue reading Homily for Sunday, April 11, 2021 at The Friar.


Spend 5 With Jesus: Miracle

Do you remember these two sports calls? Here’s the first. “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” How about the second? “Swing and a ground ball, stabbed by Foulke. He has it, he underhands to first -- and the Boston Red Sox are the world champions. For the first time in 86 years, the Red Sox have won baseball’s world championship. Can you believe it?” Both of these are sports quotes. The first, especially if you lived in the United States was from the 1980 Olympics. These two quotes are from...


Spend 5 With Jesus: Companion

“They recognized them as the companions of Jesus.” Would it be the case that you would be recognized as a companion of Jesus? The other day it was about recognizing Jesus. But today it is about being recognized. The way in which Peter and John are recognized goes from what may appear to be insulting (“perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men”)to complimentary, as those recognized to be companions of Jesus. Continue reading Spend 5 With Jesus: Companion at The Friar.


Spend 5 with Jesus: The Name

“There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” The name of Jesus. One thing that feels to me like it has changed is the ease at which people use the name of Jesus in a derogatory way. It is a curse word among too many today. But in today’s reading, the name of Jesus is the name that saves. We read, “It was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean … in his name this man stands before you healed.”...


Homily for Thursday, April 8, 2021

Peace. It seems to be so elusive today. We seem so angry. We seem at each others' throats. There seem to be so much violence in the world. Shootings, Domestic violence, wars. It is no surprise that Jesus wishes peace to his disciples and to us. Continue reading Homily for Thursday, April 8, 2021 at The Friar.


Spend 5 with Jesus: Recognize him

Today I am going to suggest using a phrase from today’s gospel as something to think about as you settle into five minutes of silence with Jesus. “They had come to recognize him.” Think about that phrase for a minute. “They had come to recognize him.” It is the passage of the gospel that immediately follows the story of the disciples on the Road to Emmaus who did not know Jesus despite walking with him. You may recall they recognized them in the breaking of the bread. Continue reading Spend...


Spend 5 with Jesus: Let’s try it

So the past couple of days I introduced the concept of silent prayer. Sometimes this is called mental prayer, sometimes it is contemplative prayer. Today, this very day, it is time to give this a try. So here’s what I suggest you do. Continue reading Spend 5 with Jesus: Let’s try it at The Friar.


Homily for Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Mary. Jesus is recognized when he calls Mary by name. Such is a tremendous truth in our faith. We are always called by name. In fact, one of the first questions a priest asks the parents is "What name have you given your child?" Listen carefully because today Jesus will be calling you by name. Continue reading Homily for Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at The Friar.


Spend Five with Jesus: Technique

The techniques used in mindfulness meditation are helpful to the process of prayer. For this reason, I am not critical of those who engage in mindfulness meditation, but if they stop at the end of mindfulness meditation, I would suggest it is like looking at the cake for desert, getting ready to eat it, but never really enjoying the cake by eating it. At any rate, the purpose of meditation is always to place Jesus as the center. Continue reading Spend Five with Jesus: Technique at The...