Homilies for February 2016

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time—February 7, 2016 The Apostles: … [Continue Reading]

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The Pillars of Lent

The purifying Season of Lent is quickly upon us. We human persons are … [Continue Reading]

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Make Your Hearts Firm This Lent

During Lent, the Church calls the faithful to conversion by calling to … [Continue Reading]

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The Priest: The Gift of Self

Two fundamental principles run through the famous passage from Pope … [Continue Reading]

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Applying Some Thoughts on Preaching

Following my article, “Some Thoughts on Preaching” (March 13, … [Continue Reading]

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Preaching to the Young Casualties of the Sexual Revolution

For over 40 years, it has been my privilege, challenge, and joy to … [Continue Reading]

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Renewal and the Remnant

Sabotage within and “missiles” from without: when it comes to the … [Continue Reading]

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Homilies for February 2016

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time—February 7, 2016 The Apostles: Guided by the Holy Spirit Purpose: In order to hear God’s call and respond, we cannot depend on human insight alone, but must allow ourselves to be guided by … continue reading..

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The Pillars of Lent

The purifying Season of Lent is quickly upon us. We human persons are enabled to do something that lower creatures cannot, and higher creatures need not: to sacrifice and thus to learn to delay partial gratifications for even … continue reading..

The Temptation of ChristAry Scheffer, 1854

Make Your Hearts Firm This Lent

During Lent, the Church calls the faithful to conversion by calling to mind the image of Christ being drawn into the desert by the Spirit. There, for forty days and forty nights, Jesus prays, fasts, and is tempted by the devil. By … continue reading..

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The Priest: The Gift of Self

Two fundamental principles run through the famous passage from Pope Paul VI’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes (24:3), which reads, “This likeness {between the union of the Divine … continue reading..

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Applying Some Thoughts on Preaching

Following my article, “Some Thoughts on Preaching” (March 13, 2015), I received an invitation from the editor to prepare homily notes for September 2015. This essay is not a "homily notes" example, but an example of … continue reading..

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Preaching to the Young Casualties of the Sexual Revolution

For over 40 years, it has been my privilege, challenge, and joy to teach Catholic theology. I began with the somewhat maligned Junior High level (seventh grade in my parish elementary school lingo), and then Catholic high school … continue reading..

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Renewal and the Remnant

Sabotage within and “missiles” from without: when it comes to the fortunes of the Church, it seems there is nothing new under the sun. Like our ancestors, the ancient Israelites, we live in a “mixed economy” and have to … continue reading..

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Homilies for February 2016

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Winter Reading for January 2016

Introducing the Old Testament: An Overview of Its Content and Its Message. John F. Fink. (Staten … more...

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Rebuilding Your Message: Practical Tools to Strengthen Your Preaching and Teaching. Michael White … more...

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Soul-Centered: Spirituality for People on the Go. Jim Clarke. (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2015) 144 … more...

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Sacred Liturgy: Great Mystery, Great Mercy

Reflecting on the state of divine worship in the Church, I believe that this is a good time for … [Read More...]

The Sacramentality of Human Love according to St. John Paul II

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