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The Lord’s Prayer – Homily for Holy Hour August 2018

Homily for August 2018 Holy Hour Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9 Psalm 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6 Romans 8:26-27 Matthew 6:7-15 We started our monthly holy hour last September as part of our diocesan Year of the Eucharist.  So, it was only logically that the themes of the readings we used helped us reflect on the Eucharist.  After […]

My Latest Presentation – “The Journey to Jesus”

I just did another presentation last night.  This one is called “The Journey to Jesus.”  I begin with talking about what “journey” means along with “desert” and “Lent” before discussing the necessity of silence.  You can view the video at—the-journey-to-jesus.html Hope you enjoy it.  It’s about 1 hour 10 minutes. Peace, Fr. Jeff

What is the Point of Prayer?

I don’t think many people would argue with the statement that prayer is important.  Well, actually they might without meaning to.  By this I simply acknowledge the fact that not everybody prays.  Maybe they mean to but it isn’t the most important thing to them and so they let all their time be taken up by […]

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C Homily – The Lord’s Prayer

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C Genesis 18:20-32 Colossians 2:12-14 Luke 11:1-13 July 28, 2013 I’m always astonished at this story of how Abraham barters with God.  Normally when we barter is to find a mid-range price.  We might all be familiar with bartering with buying a car.  There is a price on the […]


I just finished reading an article on listening in a magazine.  Actually, in a spirit of honesty with regards to an article on listening, I’m not sure I really read the article.  Physically I read it but as I was reading it the TV was also on talking about the events this week following the […]

Back From Retreat

I just returned from a five day retreat at Bethany Retreat Center.  While not everyone can take five days, I encourage everyone to think about taking an annual retreat.  For those who work, many retreat centers offer weekend retreats. What is a retreat?  In military terms, a retreat is withdrawing from the front lines, generally […]

The Our Father

The gospel reading for tomorrow (Thursday, 6/17/10) is Matthew’s telling of Jesus teaching his disciples the prayer we have come to call The Our Father or The Lord’s Prayer.  We say the words of The Lord’s Prayer often.  We say it every time we celebrate Mass.  It is said several times when we pray the […]


For some people the only time they pray is on Sunday at Church.  For others, they might say they pray the rosary everyday or we say grace before meals.  Some pray regularly for their family and friends.  If you read the gospels you will see that Jesus frequently went off to pray.  Jesus is one […]

Back From Retreat

I returned yesterday from a few days of retreat at Bethany Retreat Center.  It is a quiet place in the hills of Pennsylvania.  This is my second time there.  I enjoy it because it is quiet, well removed from the “noise” of our society.  They have walking trails and daily Mass in the chapel.  Life […]

Quality or Quantity: Which Do You Seek?

Quality or Quantity, which do you seek? Quality or Quantity of what?  I’m talking about prayer.  Today I was reading an article written to priests talking about  people who confess their prayer life isn’t what should it should be.  How do feel your prayer life is? Quantity – do you spend enough time in prayer?  […]