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Why the Fathers of the Church are Important

I recently read The Fathers of the Church 3rd Edition: An Introduction to the First Christian Teachers by Mike Aquilina (Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division. 2013). When I saw an ad for the book, I was drawn to it for two reasons. First, unity in the church is important to me. When I […]

4th Sunday of Lent, Year C – Homily

4th Sunday of Lent, Year CJoshua 5:9a, 10-12Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (8a)2 Corinthians 5:17-21Luke 15:1-3, 11-32March 27, 2022 The Israelites had been through much.  Now under the leadership of Joshua, they have crossed the Jordan into the land in which the Lord had given them. They had been slaves in Egypt until the Lord set […]

Video – Finding Peace and Healing in a Troubled World Part II

Last night I offered Part II in my series of webinars, Finding Peace and Healing in a Troubled World. In this webinar the focus is on our forgiveness. We need to forgive others and we need to be forgiven. I also talk about how people sometimes struggle to feel forgiven. You can see the video […]

What Do You Want from Jesus?

What do you want from Jesus? Do you come to Mass on Sunday looking for an hour of peace? Mass should bring us “peace” but not simply as an escape from everything else going on in our lives. In faith, we should seek a peace that transcends a moment in time. The peace that God […]

The 3rd Sunday of Lent, Year C

Since I am not preaching this Sunday, rather than offer a “homily” here today, I would like to offer brief thoughts on the meaning behind some of the verses in the readings today (Third Sunday of Lent Year C) , how they relate to other passages in the Bible, and who God is to us. […]

Finding Forgiveness

Following Part I in my new series of presentations, Finding Peace and Healing in a Troubled World, I was asked about the following. As Catholics, we have the Sacrament of Reconciliation to receive God’s forgiveness, Since Protestants and other religions do not, it would seem they must carry their sins throughout their lives on earth […]

2nd Sunday of Lent, Year C – Homily

2nd Sunday of Lent, Year CGenesis 15:5-12, 17-18Psalm 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14 (1a)Philippians 3:17-4:1Luke 9:28b-36March 13, 2022 Peter, James, and John “saw his glory.”  Imagine getting to see Jesus transfigured into glory as we will see him in Heaven.  It was an incredible experience. Seeing Jesus in his glory, Peter said, “Master, it is good […]

Video – “Finding Peace and Healing in a Troubled World, Part I”

I started my new series of presentations, Finding Peace and Healing in a Troubled World, last night with Part I. You can find the video recording and slides on my website at www.renewaloffaith.org/healing1. If you watch the video, for the next few days you can complete an evaluation online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSddXBSvh4witJHuxT-pdUJLsz5nHRSNMzcJySJuahfRnMcR6w/viewform?usp=sf_link. Registration is now open […]

Forward or Backward?

We are a full two years into the Coronavirus pandemic. Many of us have been worn out by the pandemic. We are tired of shutdowns, social distancing, and facemasks as well as the polarization over these. Presently, there is good news! The number of cases has dropped significantly. We give thanks for this and we […]

Living Our Faith in a Secular World

Our first reading today is taken from the Book of Deuteronomy. The Israelites were preparing to cross into the promised land. It has been a long time since Jacob brought his family to Egypt in a time of drought. They lived there as an alien people. It was not home for them but over time […]