Weekly Sermons

Do You Want to Change?
August 29, 2021
Christianity is a faith that meets people where they’re at. We welcome the believer and the one who has questions and doubts, the agnostic and the atheist. We welcome all people with whatever lifestyle they have. We welcome everyone with all their shortcomings, failures, mistakes, poor choices and sins. Read more »

The One Thing Needful - Reflecting on the Life of the Virgin Mary
August 15, 2021
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things but one thing is needful and Mary has chosen the better part and this shall not be taken away from her.” What does that mean “One thing is needful and Mary has chosen the better part.” And what does this have to do with the Virgin Mary? Read more »

Inspiration from the Olympics - Fulfilling our Potential
August 08, 2021
The Olympics inspired me to admire the incredible potential fulfilled of these athletes. Yet, what about the potential each one of us is given by God and how seriously and carefully do we strive to develop our spiritual potential? Read more »

Renewing Ourselves With the Fast
August 01, 2021

Letting Your Light Shine On Others
July 25, 2021

A Teaching Liturgy
July 11, 2021
A six-part reflection on the Divine Liturgy Read more »

Becoming Co-Workers with Christ
July 04, 2021
“Follow me and I’ll make you fishers of men.” What does this invitation to follow Jesus Christ mean? What will happen to us and what is expected of us if we truly accept His invitation follow Him? Read more »

Becoming a Saint
June 27, 2021
Sainthood is not reserved for only a few select people! Sainthood should be the normal growth of every Christian’s life in our journey into union with the Holy Trinity. Read more »

Our Guide, Comforter, Encourager, and Empowerer - Feast of Pentecost
June 20, 2021
We all want a comforter and an encourager in our lives, someone who stays with us and helps us in our times of need, someone who guides us in truth and empowers us to fulfill all that is good. Where can we find such a comforter and helper, such a guide and one who empowers us? Read more »

Why Believe? Part 4 - Discovering the Power of God
June 13, 2021

Why Believe? Part 3 - Greatness Inspires
June 06, 2021
Why Believe? Part 3. I turn our attention to greatness, greatness that inspires others to greatness. Read more »

Why Believe? Part 2 - Answering Existential Questions of Life
May 30, 2021
Why Believe? Part 2 - Throughout history we have seen how all humanity strive to discover answers to the existential questions about the world we live in, about our experiences in life, and what is ultimate reality. Our Faith strives to answer these questions. Read more »

Why Believe? Part 1
May 23, 2021
I recently had the opportunity to sit with 13 young adults between the ages of 16-30 and talk about faith issues. All grew up in Christian homes and were a part of the church through their childhood and teenage years. Now in their young adult years, however, most of them are pretty disconnected from any community of faith. What do they believe? Why should them believe? Is Faith something for them? Read more »

What Is Reality?
May 09, 2021
Christ is Risen! Or is He truly risen? How many people doubt the greatest event in world history – the reality that someone who was dead for three days resurrects back to life and never dies again? Read more »

The Victory of Christ's Resurrection
May 02, 2021
On one occasion Michelangelo, the great Renaissance artist, turned on his fellow artists in a spirit of indignation. He complained: “Why do you keep filling gallery after gallery with endless pictures of Christ in weakness, Christ on the Cross, of Christ hanging dead? Why do you concentrate on a passing episode as if it were the last work, as if the curtain dropped on Him with disaster and defeat? That dreadful scene lasted but a few hours. Instead, why not focus on His unending and eternal victory. The stone has rolled away! Christ is alive! Jesus reigns in triumph!” Read more »

The Lasting Joy of Palm Sunday
April 25, 2021
“The joy of the Lord is my strength.” What is this “joy of the Lord” and how can we carry such joy throughout our lives? Read more »

Saint Mary of Egypt and Recovery From Trauma
April 18, 2021
Instead of reading the life of Saint Mary of Egypt in a simple manner as a sinful woman who deeply repented, maybe we should she that she possibly came from a traumatic past. Read more »

The Ladder of Divine Ascent
April 11, 2021
Life is a journey which has a particular destination but many people don’t use any divine GPS to guide them on the path and thus, end up not knowing where they’re going. They wander around, they travel down dead ends, they go in the wrong direction, and after many years and even decades they end up lost, no closer to the divine destination which God calls us to discover, a journey’s end into the Kingdom of Heaven. Read more »

The Suffering and Salvation of the Cross
April 04, 2021
Suffering is not a sign of God’s rejection of His beloved, an abandonment of His children, or the victory of evil. Suffering is simply a part of the path that can purify us on our journey toward God; carrying whatever Cross we may have in our lives can unite us even more to our Savior. Read more »

Union With God
March 28, 2021
Union with God. Communion with our Creator. Here lies the focus and center of our Christian journey. Our goal in life is nothing less than this union with God. Read more »

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February 25, 2024
“In God we Trust.” It is interesting that this is the official motto of the United States. In a country where many contemporary people like to highlight the separation of church and state, thinking that faith should be kept separate from our civil, secular lives, we still say “In God We Trust.” Read more »

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