Homilies

February 5, 2023

            One of the greatest compliments that could be said of another person – so and so is the “salt of the earth.” It is an expression that stresses someone’s solid worth, value, dignity… Its like saying –...

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January 22, 2023

Greek historians tell the story of how young Xenophon met Socrates. They met in a narrow road. Socrates prevented the young man from passing by him and began to ask him where he could by different things, where they were made… Xenophon answered and gave him all the...

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January 15, 2023

An ‘Epiphany’ is defined as ‘a sudden revelation’ or ‘insight’. It comes from the Greek ‘epiphanein’ … Epi – meaning ‘on top of’ and ‘phanein’ – meaning ‘appear/show’ … Putting them together we get the real meaning of epiphany – revealing something of enormous...

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January 8, 2023

A ‘journey’ is defined as ‘the act of traveling from one place to another.’ It is derived from the Latin term ‘diurnal’ meaning ‘daily portion’ or ‘a day’s work’ or ‘a day’s travel’ … Yet, wouldn’t you agree that the word ‘journey’ implies so more than just ‘the act...

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December 25, 2022

I am a Christmas movie junkie! All the classics I watch every year… Rudolph, Frosty, White Christmas, Miracle on 34th St., Charlie Brown, It’s a Wonder Life… and so on… This year I got behind on my shows – so a few weeks ago, I had some unusual free time and started...

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December 18, 2022

A Dream is defined as ‘thoughts, images, and sensations that occur in a person’s mind during sleep.’ I once dreamt that I was the pope – which was more of a nightmare than anything else! Could you even imagine that?! Dream could also mean ‘a cherished aspiration,...

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December 11, 2022

Hope is defined as the ‘feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.’ Hope as a virtue is defined as ‘the state of being on the way’ … Expectation – the strong belief that something will happen or the case for the future…. The state of being on the...

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December 4, 2022

Several years ago my best friend from college was in terrible car accident. He was hit head on, his car was totaled … it was the second bad accident he had been in, in recent years … though this one was worse. This one left him with a brain injury – though today,...

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November 20, 2022

Fear – an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause harm, or is a threat. Fear, however, is not always associated with that which is threatening or dangerous … Fear could also mean reverence or awe – often used in...

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November 13, 2022

I have been reading a fascinating book written by Jesuit priest Fr. Walter Ciszek – He Leadeth Me. Fr. Ciszek was a missionary in Russia during WWII. He was arrested in 1941 by the Russian Army – accused of being a Vatican spy – and spent the next 20+ years in prison...

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October 23, 2022

I would like to offer a different way of reading this gospel… What if it were to go like this: Dear God, I give thanks to you because I’m not like the liberals. I go to adoration, I pray the rosary everyday, I go to the Latin Mass and I sing Gregorian Chant … Or what...

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October 9, 2022

I was chatting with one of the staff at the high school the other day and we got to talking about reading the Bible… I mentioned to her that I don’t think we realize that as Catholics, we have two thirds of the entire Bible read to us in a 3-year period. So, when...

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