Final Homily Sentence from Sunday 9/20 (9/22)
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Final Homily Sentence from Sunday 9/20 (9/22)

I only just learned that the Sunday 11:00 a.m. livestream abruptly ended at the final line of my homily. Resisting cliff-hanger teasing, kindly permit me to share it now with all of you. Let us all resolve that no family member and no friend of ours ever be able to say at the end of...

September 22, 2020September 22, 2020by
Novena to Saint Therese (9/21)
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Novena to Saint Therese (9/21)

https://www.praymorenovenas.com/st-therese-novena Friends, please join me in praying the novena to Saint Therese, the Little Flower, which begins tomorrow 9/22 and culminates on her feast day nine days later 10/1.      

September 21, 2020September 21, 2020by
Preaching Notes (9/20)
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Preaching Notes (9/20)

This is not a lesson on labor relations, but another story Jesus tells us to explain God’s Kingdom. Far too many people live and die without discovering the truth that Jesus’ life, death and resurrection brings salvation to the entire world. Jesus invites everyone to work in His vineyard; that is, God’s Kingdom. God uses...

September 20, 2020September 20, 2020by
Preaching Notes (9/13)
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Preaching Notes (9/13)

If we want God to forgive us, we have to forgive other people for their offenses and hurts against us. Our blessed LORD’S teaching extends to every person and every offence. In today’s Gospel, Saint Peter wonders aloud if this simply goes to far when he asks Jesus: How many times must I forgive another?...

September 14, 2020September 14, 2020by
Humility Anchors Love (9/9)
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Humility Anchors Love (9/9)

To be rooted in love we also must be rooted in humility, as only those who are humble are capable of deeply and faithfully loving God and their neighbor. In this regard, don’t stop at the surface and merely consider material items. Humility must reach down into all places our pride wants to occupy including...

September 9, 2020September 9, 2020by
Webinar Notes – Catholics and the Bible II (9/8)
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Webinar Notes – Catholics and the Bible II (9/8)

In the Bible, God speaks to us in a human way; that is, ways we can understand. It is important to be attentive to what the human writers wanted to affirm and to what God wanted to reveal to us by their words. Thus, we need to take into account the conditions, time and culture...

September 8, 2020September 8, 2020by
FEAST: Birth of Mary (9/8)
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FEAST: Birth of Mary (9/8)

Today we commemorate the birth of Mary. Nothing extraordinary accompanied her birth. The Gospels make no mention of the event. The world took no special notice, merely charging onward with its attention fixed squarely upon other interests. Mary’s birthday gives us cause to consider that what gives heaven cause to rejoice often goes unrecognized by...

September 8, 2020September 8, 2020by
Love’s Reach (9/7)
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Love’s Reach (9/7)

If love was determined by our neighbor’s qualities, on their merits or on their worth, or if it was based on the consolations and benefits we receive from them, then it becomes impossible to extend to everyone. Alas, God says it is based on our neighbor’s proximity to Him and, thus, no one can be...

September 7, 2020September 7, 2020by
God’s Command to Love (9/6)
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God’s Command to Love (9/6)

God insists upon being loved in the neighbor. Intentional disciples display a love for God that is decisively real, concrete, practical and practiced with our neighbor.

September 6, 2020September 6, 2020by