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Three Saints to Aid Us

Last night I offered another webinar, Three Saints to Aid Us, covering St. Michael the Archangel, St. John Fisher, and St. Thomas More. The video recording of the webinar and slides are available on my website at www.renewaloffaith.org/threesaints. I will leave the online evaluation open for a couple of days for those wishing to offer […]

Solemnity of St. Joseph – Homily

Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary1 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24aMarch 19, 2021 Today we celebrate this Solemnity of St. Joseph.  I emphasize “solemnity” because it is the highest rank of saint days that we have.  We don’t know a lot […]

Three North American Saints

Often when we celebrate the memorials of saints it is a person who lived centuries ago and/or in Europe or Asia. This week we break this pattern with three consecutive days venerating North American saints who lived in the last 200 years. Yesterday, January 4th, was the Memorial of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (She died […]

Angels

As we draw near to Christmas, we hear from the Bible of the role that angels played in the birth of Jesus. This Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B) we hear the story of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38), when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to tell her she had been chosen to be […]

The Solemnity of All Saints – Homily

The Solemnity of All SaintsRevelation 7:2-4, 9-14Psalm 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 (6)1 John 3:1-3Matthew 5:1-12aNovember 1, 2020 We gather today for Sunday Mass.  Normally we would be celebrating the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time today.  However, today is different.  It is also November 1st.  That means it is the Solemnity of All Saints.  Throughout the year, […]

Reflecting on the Prayer of St. Francis

October 4th is the feast day for St. Francis of Assisi.  He is one of the most popular saints and is known as the patron saint of animals.  So, it is a custom for some parishes to offer a pet blessing at this time of year.  We concluded our pet blessing this year by reciting […]

A “re-post” on the Archangels

I find myself doing something I have never done before. I am “re-posting” a homily I posted here on this blog from the Feast of the Archangels on September 29th in 2017. Why am I “re-posting” an old post? There are two reasons. Honestly, the first one is that I don’t currently have any ideas […]

Praying for the Unemployed and Underemployed

Today, August 7th, has a couple of different options at Mass listed for saints. All are optional in the United States. The first option listed is for St. Sixtus II, Pope and Martyr and his companions. They were martyred for their faith in the third century. The second option is the one I would like […]

We Need Heroes

We need heroes. Where we do we find them? The first question really is what is a hero? A hero as I see it is someone who does good deeds that we can look to as a role model. When I think of heroes, I can’t help but think of superheroes with superpowers. When I […]

St. John Fisher, an Example of Faith

Today, June 22nd, is the Optional Memorial of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More. St. Thomas More rose to be Chancellor of England, answering directly to King Henry VIII. St. John Fisher was the Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester in England. Both of them were faithful to God and the Catholic Church. When […]