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Providing Meaning

Twelve years ago, on June 30, 2007, I was ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic Church. I serve and am incarnated in the Diocese of Rochester. Priests who are incarnated in a diocese are called diocesan or secular priests. Of course, there are also religious priests who belong to a particular religious order like […]

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CWisdom 18:6-9Psalm 93:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22 (17b)Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19Luke 12:32-48August 11, 2019 “Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.”  The Lord has chosen to make all of us his children.  As our Father, He chooses to be “our help and our shield.”  Yet, we need […]

You Can’t Fight Hate with Hate

We continue to see violence. This Saturday, August 3rd, there was a shooting in El Paso, Texas at a Walmart. The death toll now stands at 22 with more than two dozen injured. Law enforcement officials say the evidence points to it as a hate crime against Mexicans. Then, during the night there was a […]

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CSirach 27:4-7Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 (see 2a)1 Corinthians 15:54-58Luke 6:39-45March 3, 2019 “Can a blind person guide a blind person?”  If they try, they may “both fall into a pit.”  If a blind person went walking down Main Street when the construction is going on, they might end up […]

Another Tragic Shooting

I woke this morning, November 8, 2018, to hear the news of another mass shooting, this time in a bar in southern California.  Twelve people are dead along with the shooter himself.  As I watch the news this evening, a motive is not known at this time but the police have had previous encounters with […]

God Our Help and Our Hope – Homily for October 2018 Holy Hour

Homily for October 2018 Holy Hour Ezekiel 34:1-6, 11-12a Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 17 1 John 1:5-2:2 Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 In the days of Ezekiel many shepherds were more concerned about their own wants than taking care of the flock that God had entrusted to them.  They were doing nothing to strengthen the weak or […]

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5 (1a) James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 September 2, 2018 Beginning today and for the next few weeks our second reading comes from the Letter of James.  Often scripture talks in terms of faith, faith that is a gift […]

The Parkland Shooting and the 1st Sunday of Lent, Year B – Homily

1st Sunday of Lent, Year B Genesis 9:8-15 Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (10) 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:12-15 February 18, 2018 Our readings today begin by taking us back to the time of Noah.  The world had given into sin.  Noah and his family were the last of the faithful.  Because of so much sin, […]

Another School Shooting

Today’s first reading begins “Moses said to the people: “Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom.”  We each have a choice.  We can choose “life and prosperity” or “death and gloom“.  We would think everyone would want to choose life, life with God, but we see people make bad choices. Yesterday, (February […]

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Isaiah 5:1-7 Psalm 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20 Philippians 4:6-9 Matthew 21:33-43 For the Israelites, the use of the image of the vineyard in relation to God was a familiar one.  Isaiah speaks of the vineyard owner who planted his vines “on a fertile hillside; he spaded it, […]