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Four Teachings on Personal Prayer – A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year

July 18, 2015 7 Comments
Four Teachings on Personal Prayer – A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year

The gospel today speaks to us of the priority of personal prayer. You may recall that in last week’s gospel, Jesus sent them out two by two to proclaim the Kingdom. Now they return, eager to report the progress and the graces they encountered. But as Jesus listens, he urges them (perhaps because they are […]

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Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer

July 11, 2015 7 Comments
Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer

One of the great obstacles to effectively evangelizing is that most Christians lack the requisite freedom and simplicity of life to carry forth the task consistently and coherently. In today’s gospel, the Lord offers some counsel on what is required to evangelize effectively. As we read a gospel like this, it is tempting to think […]

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A Bad Day in the Pulpit for Jesus? A Homily for the 14th Sunday of the Year

July 4, 2015 6 Comments
A Bad Day in the Pulpit for Jesus? A Homily for the 14th Sunday of the Year

The gospel today portrays the Lord Jesus as preacher and prophet. But as we shall see, even the greatest preacher in the world, Jesus, can find His powerful and precious words falling lifeless on the rock hard surface of many a soul. Yes, even His words can meet with resistance and hostility, indifference and ridicule. […]

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My Soul Looks Back and Wonders How I Got Over – A Homily for the 12th Sunday of the Year

June 20, 2015 1 Comment
My Soul Looks Back and Wonders How I Got Over – A Homily for the 12th Sunday of the Year

The gospel today is something of a storm journal, a kind of picture of the Christian life as we journey through a stormy world against winds contrary to the gospel. There are distinctive stages, beginning with the call of Jesus to cross to the other shore. But as we cross there are surely storms and difficulties […]

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1 and 1 and 1 is One – A Homily for Trinity Sunday

May 30, 2015 17 Comments
1 and 1 and 1 is One – A Homily for Trinity Sunday

There is an old spiritual that says, “My God is so high, you can’t get over him, he’s so low you can’t get under him, he’s so wide you can’t get ’round him, you must come in, by and through the Lamb.” That’s not a bad way of saying that God is other; He is […]

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The Fire Next Time – A Homily for Pentecost

May 23, 2015 13 Comments
The Fire Next Time – A Homily for Pentecost

What a wondrous and challenging feast we celebrate at Pentecost! A feast like this challenges us because it puts to the lie a lazy, sleepy, hidden, and tepid Christian life. The Lord Jesus said to the Apostles and still says to us, “I have come to cast a fire on the earth!” (Luke 12:49) This […]

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Love Lifted Me – A Homily for Ascension

May 16, 2015 2 Comments
Love Lifted Me – A Homily for Ascension

In more dioceses than not, the Feast of the Ascension is celebrated this weekend. The liturgist in me regrets the move, but here we are any way. So let’s ascend with the Lord, three days late! This marvelous feast is not merely about something that took place two thousand years ago. For though Christ our […]

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Will the Real January 1st Please Stand Up? A Homily for New Year’s Day

December 31, 2014 10 Comments
Will the Real January 1st Please Stand Up? A Homily for New Year’s Day

This feast day of January 1st is a very complex tapestry, both culturally and liturgically. Perhaps we can use the second reading by St. Paul to the Galatians as a way to weave through some of the many details. We can look at it in three parts. I. The chronology of our celebration – The […]

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