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Seeing With the Eyes of Faith

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  At the Annunciation, Mary found out she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus.  Mary’s reaction is not one of pride.  She does not begin to brag that she has been chosen as Jesus’ mother.  She does not expect people […]

The Most Holy Trinity, Year B – Homily

The Most Holy Trinity, Year B Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40 Psalm 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22 (12b) Romans 8:14-17 Matthew 28:16-20 May 27, 2018 Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.  It would be a wonderful time to fully explain the Trinity.  I can’t do that.  It’s not that’s it not allowed.  […]

Column for the May 24, 2018 Sun & Record/Wayne County Mail

In addition to what you find posted here on my blog, I write a column about once a month for the Sun & Record/Wayne County Mail? His column this month is found on page 8 of the May 24, 2018 edition. (Their phone number is 315-589-4421).  This column is on why we do things like […]

Pentecost, Year B – Homily

Pentecost, Year B Acts 2:1-11 Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 Galatians 5:16-25 John 15:26-27; 16:12-5 May 20, 2018 Our Easter season draws to a close today with our celebration of Pentecost.  To appreciate Pentecost, we need to look at it in the context of the whole season of Easter.  In fact, we need to […]

Homily for May 2018 Holy Hour

Homily for May 2018 Holy Hour 1 Kings 19:9-13a Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Matthew 26:36-46 In June of last year, we begin a Year of the Eucharist in our diocese.  Bishop Matano proclaimed this year with the desire to help us deepen our awareness of the Real Presence of […]

St. Isidore, the Patron Saint of Farmers, and Holiness

Today is the Memorial of St. Isidore.  Actually, it’s an optional memorial but I chose to use the opening prayer and antiphon for St. Isidore at Mass this morning for three reasons. First, because he is the patron saint of farmers, in fact he was a farmer himself, and since I like to eat, I […]

7th Sunday of Easter, Year B – Homily

7th Sunday of Easter, Year B Acts 1:15-17a, 20a, 20c-26 Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20 (19a) 1 John 4:11-16 John 17:11-19 May 13, 2018 Today we hear Jesus’ final prayer before he is arrested and crucified.  He knew what was coming.  He knew he was about to suffer his Passion but he accepted it as God’s […]

6th Sunday of Easter, Year B – Homily

6th Sunday of Easter, Year B Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4 (2b) 1 John 4:7-10 John 15:9-17 May 6, 2018 Both our second reading from the First Letter of John and our gospel reading from John each contain the word “love” nine times.  Why? “Because love is of God” and “God is […]

The Optional Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker

Today (May 1st) we celebrate the Optional Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker.  I stress the word “optional” because in the United States, depending on what resource one uses to look at for the daily readings, you won’t find it listed,  The reason for that lies in the basis for this memorial.  Pope Pius XII […]