February 25, 2018 -
My parish is my universe? Or The universe is my parish?
February 18, 2018 -
We cannot journey closer towards God if we are not ready to forgive one another. Lent is a time of reconciling with those from whom we have distanced ourselves. A first concrete step we should take in our Lenten journey is a step towards anyone for whom we have anger, or bitterness or hatred.
February 04, 2018 -
Mercy is opposed to justice… As a grain of sand cannot counterbalance a great quantity of gold, so in comparison God’s use of justice cannot counterbalance His mercy.
January 28, 2018 -
"More blessed is the person who has sinned and knows he has sinned and repents, then the person who has not sinned and thinks himself righteous."
January 21, 2018 -
What do we seek after in life? Well, if we look at how we spend our time, we can get an idea of what we seek after.
January 14, 2018 -
Extremism seems to be on the rise in America, and this can come in many dangerous forms. Right-wing extremism, as well as left-wing extremism. Religious extremism along with atheist extremism. How many of us would like to be labeled an extremist?
January 07, 2018 -
The Good News of Jesus Christ is all about CHANGE. POSITIVE CHANGE. RENEWING CHANGE, LIFE-TRANSFORMING CHANGE!
January 01, 2018 -
If we have sincerely experienced Christ’s birth, and invited Him to be born anew in our hearts and lives, no one can enter the new year the same! We should be changed people! Or at least be people who are in the process of change!
December 25, 2017 -
Yesterday, I received a moving email which I want to share with you. As I read it, I thought about how it captures part of the spirit and meaning of Christmas. It came from a mother who lost her 18 year old daughter last January from a totally unexpected battle with mono. She writes:
I've had the worst year of my life, and yet, it has also been a year of beautiful spiritual growth… I just feel God is trying to teach me that He needs us to trust Him. We may question 'Why something bad happened to good people' but we should always remember that God loves us! We need to believe God and His Angels are around us. We need to do our best to be good and faithful servants to Him and each other.
December 24, 2017 -
Names are important. They identify who we are, where we came from, whose family we are a part of. Maybe that is why Matthew begins His Gospel with a genealogy, a list of 42 names, which we read today as the beginning of the Christmas story.
December 10, 2017 -
The secular Christmas Spirit and the religious Christmas Spirit. Two different ways of approaching Christmas, and yet maybe both have something to help us prepare for this great feast of the Church.
November 20, 2017 -
Fr Luke asked me to speak about “What God and the Church mean to me and why I give back to the Church.” We know WHY we are here – we come to encounter God, to pray, to ask forgiveness, to seek spiritual guidance and inspiration, and for so many other things. But do we know WHAT we are supposed to do as followers of Jesus Christ?
October 29, 2017 -
Interruptions can be quite inconvenient and annoying, and yet, Jesus offers an important lesson on dealing with interruptions.
October 22, 2017 -
“What is your name and who are you?” Let us all admit that our names also may also be “legion,” but with God’s help, we all can discover the special name He gave each of us at our creation. And this holy name is written in the Book of Life, awaiting us to claim it!
October 15, 2017 -
How many of us can say we have ever seen God? Or could any say we have encountered God’s presence in some special way in our lives?
October 08, 2017 -
Competition v Compassion. Where do we stand when we see others? From a young age, our society cultivates and instills in us the spirit of competition. I want to do better than others. Why do they have more than me? How can I win! Our American, individualistic spirit pushes us inward toward our ego. Me against the world. The spirit of competition!
October 01, 2017 -
Our country is divided, and becoming more divided with each passing day. Whether it’s our politics, the latest debate of the NFL and the American flag, the proposed tax cuts or health care or simply different opinions on social issues or particular beliefs, we are a nation divided.
September 10, 2017 -
Are the end times coming? We are living through unprecedented hurricanes with Harvey and Irma. We witness a massive 8.1 earthquake in Mexico. Raging wildfires in Oregon and the Northeast are threatening. Ongoing wars in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Iraq, as well as many other places around the world. The unthinkable threat of nuclear disaster, especially now with North Korea. Are the end times coming?
September 03, 2017 -
I begin my sermon today with this introduction about how all of creation is affected by the fallen world we live in, because this past week we witnessed what the National Weather Service called an “unprecedented and beyond anything experienced” natural disaster with Hurricane Harvey. Imagine, more than 52 inches of rain falling in such a short span of time, a record for the continental United States.
August 27, 2017 -
“If you want to ENTER INTO LIFE, keep God’s commandments.” What type of life is Jesus talking about? Our “everyday existence” life? A normal life, filled with the typical challenges and joys, struggles and successes? A fun life? A rich life? A successful life? Or is he talking about something more, something different, something more meaningful?