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Five Steps to Better Mental Health – A Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent

December 15, 2018 0 Comments
Five Steps to Better Mental Health – A Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent

In modern times, we tend to link our notions of happiness and inner well-being to external circumstances and happenstance. We think that happiness will be found when the things of this world are arranged in the way we like. If we can just accumulate enough money and creature comforts, we think we’ll be happy and […]

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A Recipe for Readiness – A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

December 1, 2018 1 Comment
A Recipe for Readiness – A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

As we begin the Advent Season, we are immediately drawn into its principal theme of preparation and readiness for the coming of the Lord. His first coming has already been fulfilled at Bethlehem, and while we should prepare spiritually for the coming Christmas Feast, these first weeks of Advent bid us to focus even more […]

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Is Christ Really Your King? A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King

November 24, 2018 2 Comments
Is Christ Really Your King? A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King

On the feast of Christ the King, we are called to acknowledge that Jesus is in fact our King. It is one thing to say that He is our King because the song in Church says so, or the preacher says so, or the Bible says so (yes, faith does come by hearing), but it […]

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The Word of the Lord Remains Forever! A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

November 17, 2018 9 Comments
The Word of the Lord Remains Forever! A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

As winter approaches and the end of the liturgical year draws near, we ponder the passing quality of this world and the fading of its glories. Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel reading must surely have shocked, even horrified, His apostles. Let’s look at His stunning words and seek to apply them in our own life. The […]

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The Paradox of Poverty – A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year

November 10, 2018 3 Comments
The Paradox of Poverty – A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year

The first reading in today’s Mass (1 Kings 17:10-16) speaks to us of the paradox of poverty: it is our poverty, our neediness, that provides a doorway for God to bless us with true riches. Our emptiness provides room for God to go to work. In our worldly riches, we feel we have “too much […]

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The Whole Law, Standing on One Foot – A Homily for the 31st Sunday of the Year

November 3, 2018 1 Comment
The Whole Law, Standing on One Foot – A Homily for the 31st Sunday of the Year

Hillel the Elder, sometimes referred to as Rabbi Hillel, was a Jewish religious leader who lived shortly before Jesus’ time. There is a famous story told of him in which he was challenged by a potential convert to teach him the entire Torah while “standing on one foot.” In other words, can you distill the […]

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A Man Who Saw by Hearing

October 27, 2018 2 Comments
A Man Who Saw by Hearing

This Sunday’s Gospel features the well-known story of the healing of the blind man (Bartimaeus). When listening to any familiar story, we are inclined, upon hearing its opening lines, to think, “Oh, that story,” and just sort of tune out. If we do so, though, we may miss some important details. The story of Bartimaeus […]

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No Cross, No Crown – A Homily for the the 29th Sunday of the Year

October 20, 2018 3 Comments
No Cross, No Crown – A Homily for the the 29th Sunday of the Year

In the Sunday Gospel, the Lord Jesus speaks of crosses and crowns. The apostles have only crowns in mind, but Jesus knows the price of the crown. So, He must teach them and us that crowns—the things we value most—come only through the cross. It may help to review the context of this Gospel. Jesus […]

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