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The Four Last Things

The video of my presentation on Death, Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory is now available at http://renewaloffaith.org/basics/talking/fourlastthings.htm. Peace, Fr. Jeff

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

6th Sunday in Easter, Year A Acts 5-8, 14-17 1 Peter 1 Peter 3:15-18 John 14:15-21 May 25, 2014 Jesus gives us a mission to proclaim the gospel.  St. Francis tells us ‘proclaim the gospel always, to use words only when necessary.’ When is it necessary to use words?  What words do we use?  Here […]

5th Sunday of Easter, Year A – Homily

5th Sunday in Easter, Year A Acts 6:1-7 1 Peter 2:4-9 John 14:1-12 May 18, 2014 Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”   The reality is the world is not perfect and we can have “troubled hearts.”  Sometimes, such troubles are exactly what draws people to church who haven’t been here in years. […]

4th Sunday of Easter, Year A – Homily

4th Sunday of Easter, Year A Acts 2:14a, 36-41 1 Peter 2:20b-25 John 10:1-10 May 11, 2014 We speak of Jesus as the Good Shepherd.  We have statues of Jesus as a shepherd holding a lamb. We think of the cute little innocent lamb. Of course, Jesus is the cute innocent lamb sacrificed for us. […]

3rd Sunday of Easter, Year A – Homily

3rd Sunday in Easter, Year A Acts 2:14, 22-33 1 Peter 1:17-21 Luke 24:13-35 May 4, 2014 First Communion The disciples are walking on the road to Emmaus, troubled by what has happened, naming the Crucifixion and the empty tomb.  As they walk, they do what we should all do, they are discussing faith. As […]

What Does It Mean To Be a Church?

Easter is the most important time of the year for us as we celebrate the gift of the Eucharist, Jesus’ Crucifixion, and his Resurrection not as three separate events but one event over three days intimately linked together (for more on this see http://renewaloffaith.org/ls/easter2008.htm).  What we celebrate at Easter defines who we are as Catholics […]