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MONDAY HOMILY: Sincerity is Essential for Discipleship Watch

Image of Despite his faithfulness to The Law, the youth of the Gospel was unfulfilled.  His obedience was a good beginning, but it could not satisfy his inner longing for holiness.  He is looking for something more, and he goes to Jesus to find it.

Despite his faithfulness to The Law, the youth of the Gospel was unfulfilled.  His obedience was a good beginning, but it could not ... continue reading

SUNDAY HOMILY: The Happy Priest - Why Does Jesus Cause Division? Watch

Image of Why does Jesus cause division?  The answer is clear. Only Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Only in the name of Jesus can we find eternal salvation.  We all have a choice to make.  Either we follow Jesus or we simply wind up doing our own thing.  The right choice will lead us to eternal life in heaven.  The wrong choice will lead us to ruin and eternal condemnation.

To be Catholic means that we embrace the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church without tearing out the pages that we do not agree with. ... continue reading

Let the Children Come to Me. The Way of Spiritual Childhood is the Way of Freedom Watch

Image of Why is it that children are eligible for the kingdom of heaven? Perhaps it is because, ordinarily, there is no malice in them. They don't know how to lie. They don't lie to themselves. They have no desire for luxury. They aren't drawn to riches. They are uninterested in ambition. But the virtue herein lies, not in what they lack interest in, or know nothing about, but in what they don't want to do. The virtue lies not in their inability to sin, but in their unwillingness to sin. (St. Ambrose)

Children were brought to Jesus that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, "Let the children ... continue reading

FRIDAY HOMILY: From the Beginning It Was Not So

Image of When Jesus was approached by the Pharisees, they challenged him at a point of theology regarding divorce and remarriage based on the practice currently used under the law. In his answer, Jesus pointed out that

In years past, I usually approached this text based on HOW one is to approach marriage and divorce. There is a new wrinkle now introduced ... continue reading

The Assumption or Dormition of Mary Reveals the Meaning of the Christian Life Watch

Image of On August 15 in the Western Church Liturgical Calendar we celebrate the great Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Most of our Eastern Christian brethren also acknowledge the same great event on this Feast, calling it the Dormition of the Mother of God. Some join us in the celebration today and others, following another ancient Christian calendar, commemorate in just a few days. The Feast is ancient and of profound importance - for reasons which sometimes are not fully understood.

What came about in bodily form in Mary, the fullness of the godhead shining through Christ in the Blessed Virgin, takes place in a similar ... continue reading

TUESDAY HOMILY: The Little Path to Greatness Watch

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St. Therese Lisieux helps us to understand and put into practice Jesus' words that if we want to be great in his kingdom we must become ... continue reading

Taxes, Citizenship, Discipleship, Freedom and Faith

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The disciples enjoy "the freedom of the children of God" (Romans 8:21).  Far from being as exercise in human willfulness, this freedom ... continue reading

Downward Mobility, the Cross and the Compassionate Life Watch

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The Gospel (Matt. 16:24-28) speaks to us of denying ourselves. Part of what that means is simply refusing to be the center of our own lives ... continue reading

SUNDAY HOMILY: The Happy Priest - The Problem of Fear

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Many people attempt to find comfort and security in a luxurious home, lots of money, unlimited access to credit, or a big promotion at ... continue reading

Reflection on the Catholic Catechism: Seeking God in Human Experience Watch

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When we look at human experience, we find that human nature desires what the natural world cannot give. However, this apparent ... continue reading

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