Homilies

St. Pope John Paul II’s Annivesary of Death

April 2, 2020
St. Pope John Paul after Midnight Mass, Christmas 1982

Today is the fifteen anniversary of the passing of St. Pope John Paul II. It is fitting that all of us offer a prayer of gratitude to God for raising up a saint such as him, a true reflection of the light of Christ in a very dark world. It is easy for most of…

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Homily for Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 29, 2020

March 31, 2020
Cemetery of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Koeltztown, MO

The 20th Century brought forth into the world incomprehensible tragedy human history and tested the limits of reason and science.  One of the more popular slogans that appeared in the later part of the 20th century responded to the question of suffering like this:  “Life is a mystery to be lived. It is not a…

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Homilia de la Solemnidad de la Anunciación del Señor

March 25, 2020

(English below) Se sabía que San Juan de Vianne había pasado muchas horas en el confesionario escuchando a la gente decirle sus pecados y ofreciendo penitencia y absolución. Un día, un hombre muy viejo entró al confesionario y comenzó de esta manera: “Oh Padre Juan, por favor bendíceme porque soy un pecador. Soy un hombre…

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Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year A, John 9:1-42

March 22, 2020
Lighthouse in Oregon

                This is the Sunday of Enlightenment as we proclaim Jesus, the Light to the World that shines in the darkness of sin and ignorance. The readings are about seeing:  Samuel learning how to see and recognize the boy who would become King David. Paul exhorting the Ephesians to wake from their sleep of death…

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Third Sunday of Lent, Year A, John 4:5-52

March 17, 2020
Village Well

Jesus is thirsting for our charity. The Son of God comes into a village on a hot, dry day, and sits down on the well. He tired, he’s hungry, he’s thirsty. A woman comes out in the noonday sun to draw water. Jesus turns to her and says, “you can relieve my thirst.” We are…

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Second Sunday of Lent, Year A, Matthew 17:1-9

March 10, 2020

The three pillars of our Lenten discipline are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Last Sunday we heard about fasting and sacrifice in the story of Christ’s fasting in the desert after which he was tempted by Satan. Next Sunday we will hear about the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus invites her to…

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1st Sunday of Lent, Year A, Matthew 4:1-11

March 10, 2020

Lent has begun. Catholics throughout the world have begun our Lenten discipline of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, acts of penance that are meant to purify us and prepare us to celebrate Easter and have our faith renewed in the suffering, death, and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We must turn away from sin and…

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7th Sunday OT, Year A

February 26, 2020
Gothic Pulpit

I returned from my vacation in Texas on Friday, driving eleven hours straight from Austin back to the Lake. I enjoyed my two weeks in Texas, especially because I was able to speak a little Spanish here and there, even if it was only to order tacos y cerveza! Last Sunday I attended Mass in…

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