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In the World But Not of the World

We live in the world, meaning this physical world, but we are not of this world. What does this mean? We have physical bodies in this world. We are dependent on things of this world for our physical existence. We need food, clothing, and shelter. That means having a job to pay for the things […]

What Will Heaven Be Like?

Have you ever pondered the question, “what will Heaven be like?” I don’t expect to end up there anytime soon but it is a question we might ask. After all, we expect to spend eternity there. The question comes to mind now for me for two reasons. First, our gospel readings the last two Sundays […]

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A1 Kings 3:5, 7-12Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130 (97a)Romans 8:28-30Matthew 13:44-52July 26, 2020 God said to Solomon, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.”  If God said this to you, how would you respond?  What is your first thought?…maybe an end to the Coronavirus?  […]

Purgatory and Indulgences

Last Fall I mentioned Purgatory in Part I of my series, Our Saints and Intercessors. I again mentioned Purgatory in the introduction to my series, Sacraments: Channels of God’s Grace. In both cases, people expressed interested in hearing more about Purgatory. I recently did some reading about Purgatory and Indulgences. So, I have put together […]

Coming This Fall – “Uncovering the Treasures of the Mass”

In the bulletin for this weekend, July 26th, I wrote a column about my passion for faith formation beyond children. I include some of my plans for this Fall. Here is the column: The three things where I most find life in my ministry are celebrating Mass, hearing confessions, and teaching about our faith. The […]

What Should We Pray For?

When we celebrate Mass we are praying together. What do you pray for on your own? How often do you pray? Today, I would like to talk about two of my daily prayer intentions. If you have come to daily Mass when I am presiding, you have likely also heard me include them in the […]

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AWisdom 12:13, 16-19Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16 (5a)Romans 8:26-27Matthew 13:24-43July 19, 2020 Jesus continues to speak in parables.  The first one we heard today is about the weed that is sown among the good seed.  An enemy has come and done this. The master’s servants are surprised when the weed […]

Your Attention Please

A standard feature of many churches is the bell tower. One might wonder why churches have bells. Church bells can be used to signify different things. One of the oldest purposes is to signify (“Your attention Please”) that it is time to come to church to worship. This practice dates back to at least the […]

How Do You Describe Yourself?

Last week I wrote a blog article called, “We Need Heroes.” In that article I wrote about our need for role models. As Christians, Jesus is the ultimate role model. We also have the saints as role models. Today I ask you if you think you are a good role model to others. To do […]

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AIsaiah 55:10-11Psalm 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14 (Luke 8:8)Romans 8:18-23Matthew 13:1-23July 12, 2020 Word of what Jesus is doing and saying had spread such that large crowds were coming to him.  So, He got into a boat and spoke to the people on shore. Jesus was practicing good social distancing […]