HOMILY FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Today's gospel appears to state the obvious. A lamp is not good if it is unseen. If it gives off no light, it is no good. This seems more than obvious. Of course. But when we think about the light of faith, do we share that, or hide it? Do we want others to leave darkness behind? Or do we want to leave them in darkness?
HOMILY FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Do you want everyone to be saved? And if so, what does it mean? When we are saved by Jesus, are we then obligated to be sharing this gift with others? Today's gospel is not primarily about economic theory or cost-benefit analysis. While I readily admit I am one who wishes that the first workers got more, we miss the point of the story when we reduce it to wages and work.
COMPETE FOR THE FAITH
HOMILY FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Today's first reading could easily describe the current climate in our country. How many feel envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, and mutual friction? How often do we hear insulting words about positions that we do not share? It is much easier to shame than it is to argue convincingly for the truth.
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I AM A RACIST AND YOU MIGHT BE TOO
I am a racist. There, I said it. Admitting to being a racist is not something I say with pride. I am not proud. But many decades ago I learned about my racism, my prejudice. And I must confront the racism that lives within me.
ONCE AGAIN, OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO MEXICO
Once again, our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters in Mexico, who yesterday suffered yet another catastrophic earthquake, on the anniversary of the 1985 earthquake that claimed the lives of thousands of people. The states principally affected were Morelos, Tlaxcala, Puebla, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Mexico State, and the capital, Mexico City.
DOMINICANS INSTITUTE COMMISSION
The Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadoré has instituted a Commission for the Vocation of Cooperator Brothers in the Order. The Commission will operate until the General Chapter of 2019.
This Commission follows on from the Coordinating Committee on the Study of the Cooperator Brothers on their specific vocation in the Order (ACG Trogir 2013, 80-82;Relatio MO, I 13).
UNSATISFIED: RESTLESS HEARTS
HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Have you noticed the excitement any time Apple announces something new? I face the challenge of being tempted by something new. I am not satisfied. It seems that regardless of the circumstance, I want something more, something better, something new. There simply never seems to be a moment where I can be satisfied.
HOMILY FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
Today's gospel is interesting. A Roman centurion, who appears not to have ever met Jesus, places great trust in him simply because others have told him about Jesus. Wow. Do you wonder who it was that first told him about Jesus? Who was the person who told him in such a tremendous way that he could believe in Jesus? Who created such great trust and faith that the centurion only needed Jesus to speak the word?
DESPAIR TO HOPE
HOMILY FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
Today we encounter a woman who is understandably in the depths of despair. Her son is dead, and to make matters worse, she is a widow. This parent must face the death of her son alone. Can there be any greater heartache to a parent than to lose their child? I cannot think of one. I bet most parents cannot think of one, either.
SAINT LOUIS ARCHBISHOP CARLSON
REACTS TO JASON STOCKLEY VERDICT
If we want peace and justice, we must come together as a community through prayer, mutual understanding, and forgiveness. While acknowledging the hurt and anger, we must not fuel the fires of hatred and division. We must ask God for peace in our own hearts and share it with those around us. Violence does not lead to peace and justice – they are opposing forces and cannot coexist. I implore each of you to choose peace! Reject the false and empty hope that violence will solve problems. Violence only creates more violence. We must work together for a better, stronger, safer community, one founded upon respect for each other, and one in which we see our neighbor as another self.
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CATHOLICS NEED NOT APPLY
Paying even a little attention to the news from the US Senate might have helped someone to recognize that the Democratic party has a religion problem. First, a while ago, Senator Bernie Sanders had difficulty when a religious belief about the salvation of Jesus caused problems. Then, Senator Diane Feinstein had difficulty with a judicial nominee who indicated that her religious beliefs led her to believe that if it was the case that one's religious beliefs conflicted with the law, the judge should recuse herself. Senator Dick Durbin asked the same nominee if she was an "orthodox Catholic."
U.S. BISHOPS' PRESIDENT
CALLS FOR NATIONAL COLLECTION FOR IRMA
In the past few days Hurricane Irma devastated significant parts of the Caribbean and the southeastern United States. While emergency outreach was immediate, we know that the road to recovery and the rebuilding of communities will be long and additional support will be needed.
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'OUR MOST HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES'
Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto's visit to the Istmo de Tehuantepec region, a zone affected by the 2017 Chiapas earthquake.
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following statement and call for prayer for those involved in this morning's devastating earthquake off the southern coast of Mexico and Guatemala.
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