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Who Wants to Talk About Money

Some people don’t want to hear about money at Mass. That’s okay. I don’t want to talk about money at Mass. Then why did I talk about money in my homily this past weekend? I certainly didn’t do it because I wanted to talk about money. It was just the previous Sunday that we heard […]

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CAmos 6:1a, 4-7Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10 (1b)1 Timothy 6:11-16Luke 16:19-31September 25, 2022 Jesus offers us a parable today contrasting two men.  The first is “a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day.”  He might be the one we would want to […]

First Video Presentation in New Series – Being Church in Today’s World

Last night I began my new series of presentations, Being Church in Today’s World. The video recording and slides are available at http://www.renewaloffaith.org/beingchurch2022part1 . Here is a description of the series – “For centuries western civilization was rooted in Christianity. This is being lost today. Fewer people practice their faith and many do not believe […]

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CAmos 8:4-7Psalm 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8, (see 1a, 7b)1 Timothy 2:1-8Luke 16:1-13September 18, 2022 The role of a steward is to manage the property and finances of the owner.  Thus, in squandering the rich’s man property, the steward has failed to do the very thing he was hired to do. […]

What Do You Have That You Don’t Need?

How much stuff do you have? How much stuff do you have that you don’t need? Why? Sometimes it is simply that we accumulate stuff over time and, if we aren’t forced to go through it, we forget about it or leave it for another day. It may be as simple as the clothes you […]

The Cost of Discipleship

“Great crowds were traveling with Jesus.” Maybe they had seen him cure people. Maybe they saw him drive out demons. Maybe they had heard him preach and wanted to hear more. What does it mean to truly follow Jesus? How hard is to follow Jesus? We would like it to be easy but is it? […]

The Heart of Christianity

We have Ten Commandments. It isn’t easy to follow all ten. Sometimes we struggle with just one. Imagine what it would be like to follow 613 commandments. Why 613? Because that is how many the Jews were taught in the Old Testament. Where does one begin? In Matthew 22:34-40, Jesus is asked “which commandment of […]

Who’s in Control: Your Anger or You?

How is your anger?  Would others describe you as short-tempered or as having a short-fuse?  Do you feel like you struggle with having enough patience?  You are not alone.  Dr. Ray Guarendi (known as Dr. Ray on radio and tv) writes about anger in his new book, Living Calm:  Mastering Anger & Frustration (Irondale, AL:  […]

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

It is no secret that we live in a world with suffering and challenges. We may feel like we are being put to the test in our sufferings. We may fear some of the challenges we face in the world. In today’s gospel, “Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not be afraid any longer, little […]

Jeremiah Today

Some people see the Bible as outdated. It is not. It is God’s Word and it is a living word, still relevant to us today. In recent days the first reading at daily Mass has been from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah was called to serve as a prophet of the Lord just […]