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1st Sunday of Advent, Year A – Homily

1st Sunday in Advent, Year A Isaiah 2:1-5 Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 Romans 13:11-14 Matthew 24:37-44 November 27, 2016 It should be apparent that the seasons are changing.  Outside it is evident from the snow we got this past week that winter is coming.  This is not the season change I want to talk […]

Why We NEED Thanksgiving

Today we celebrate a national holiday.  There should be no surprise there as we have several national holidays.  Most of them get us a day off from work or school.  How much do we really do anything to celebrate some of these holidays?  Do you really do anything to celebrate Columbus’ Day?  How about Presidents’ […]

Responding to a Question About Intimacy in Marriage

Recently I received the following question, “How does a Catholic man survive in a sexless marriage? I love my wife very much.”  This can be a very challenging situation.  I commend the man for asking this because it tells me he loves his wife and his faith. It is not too hard to find out […]

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year C – Homily

Christ the King, Year C 2 Samuel 5:1-3 Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5 Colossians 1:12-20 Luke 23:35-43 November 20, 2016 Until the days when Saul became king, Israel had not had a king.  There were leaders known as “judges” who lead the community.  The people asked God to give them a king.  Saul became the first […]

Science and Faith Can Go Together

Today, November 15th, we celebrate the Memorial of St. Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.  He lived in the 13th century.  He joined the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) and became a teacher.  His most famous student was St. Thomas Aquinas.  As a Dominican priest, he was an expert in philosophy and theology. […]

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C Malachi 3:19-20a Psalm 98:5-6, 7-8, 9 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12 Luke 21:5-19 November 13, 2016 Our readings this week continue on the theme of what the End Times will be like.  The question presented this week is when will it happen.  With this in mind, they ask, “what sign […]

We Live in a Busy World

In mid-October, I went on retreat for a week.  I was at a place in Pennsylvania on a quiet road surrounded by woods.  It was very peaceful and I was able to do a lot of spiritual reading and fruitful reflection. Then, I came back to St. Michael’s in Newark, NY and have been the […]

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14 Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 15 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5 Luke 20:27-38 November 6, 2016 When I arrived here just four months ago, we were all hot.  That was summer.  Now, summer is over and we are almost halfway through Fall.  This means the temperatures are getting […]