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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 Humorous Call to Confession

December 13, 2018 0 Comments
A Humorous Call to Confession

Sometimes our pets teach us a lot about ourselves. The video below shows various dogs resisting the taking of a bath. Some hide; some go limp and become passive; others get feisty. I see here a similarity with Catholics when they hear that it is time for Confession. Advent is an important time to go […]

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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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Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent

December 16, 2017 3 Comments
Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent

This Sunday is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday, based on the Introit for the day: Gaudete in Domino semper, iterum dico, Gaudete (Phil 4:4) (Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, Rejoice). Today, this theme is developed most fully in the 2nd reading, which is from 1 Thessalonians. It also begins with the salutation and […]

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The Fire Next Time – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

December 9, 2017 6 Comments
The Fire Next Time – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

The second reading for Sunday Mass speaks to us of “the fire next time” and reminds us of the need to be ready for the coming of the Lord. In this homily I will focus on that reading, in which St. Peter reminds us of the passing that will come for us all one day. […]

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The Second Coming and Its Stages

December 7, 2017 3 Comments
The Second Coming and Its Stages

During Advent, as we continue to meditate on the Parousia (the Second Coming), we do well to allow our imaginations to be engaged in contemplating the glory that awaits those who are faithful, to meditate on the joy and ecstasy of the culmination of all things! We must soberly admit our need to be ready […]

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Five Brief Advent Meditations

December 4, 2017 0 Comments
Five Brief Advent Meditations

The following are five Advent reflections that I prepared for catechumens and candidates in our RCIA program. (They are also available in PDF form here: The Season of Advent.) Advent is witnessed by creation Late autumn and early winter are times of great seasonal change. The leaves turn brilliant colors, then fade and fall. Shadows […]

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Watch! A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

December 2, 2017 3 Comments
Watch! A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

The Sunday Gospel announces a critical Advent theme: While I want to comment primarily on the Reading from Isaiah, the Gospel admonition surely deserves some attention as well. Too many today hold the unbiblical idea that most if not all people are going to Heaven. For weeks now we have been reading parables in the […]

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