Tag: healing

Unbelief: Homily for Monday, February 20, 2017

Unbelief. In the midst of everything that happens in today’s world, it can be difficult to believe. First, there are the things that have always been difficult for people of faith. Such things as an innocent child who gets sick and dies. Or an inexplicable car accident or other type of accident which takes someone’s life to early. Perhaps there are those instances where a relationship fails, and we seek answers. Maybe the difficulty is simply that we cannot seem to believe in what we cannot see, or experience, or touch. There can be many challenges to belief.
That is true even for people who do believe. Such is what we witnessed in today’s gospel. A man brings his son in faith for a cure. But the disciples are incapable. The disciples simply cannot bring about a cure for this man’s son. And the scene seems more than a little chaotic. Not only is there the inability of the disciples for a cure, we hear that there are scribes arguing with a large crowd and the disciples. One can only imagine the depth of this argument in confronting something that is evil.
For anyone who has been involved in pastoral ministry, in trying to console those who grieve, it becomes clear that there is nothing more difficult, or at least few things more difficult, the parent who has a sick child, or a child who dies. It is in this vein that Jesus reminds us in the gospel that faith makes anything possible. But here’s the interesting line: I do believe, help my unbelief! In the midst of a difficult life even for people of faith, there is the recognition of the need for a closer relationship to God. Let us pray that God strengthens our faith as well.

Novena of Saint Jude, Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I am preaching the Novena of Saint Jude, days 4-9. This is an audio recording of my day nine preaching, which focused on the healing. We discuss the healing of soul in Confession, of body in the Anointing of the Sick, and the power of prayers for healing. For more information about the Dominican Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus in Chicago, visit their website here.

Homily for Monday, May 4, 2015

Do you believe? So often in the gospels, a miracle or other divine action by Jesus is done because of the faith of the person to be healed. In fact, when he goes back home, he is not able to work miracles because the people do not have faith. We are reminded that our God is not invasive. The way in which God chooses to act in our lives is by respecting our freedom. It is not simply a case of barging into our soul, but rather being allowed in when we allow God to do so. The respect of our freedom is one of the most powerful signs of God’s love for us, for in being free agents we share an important quality of God, who is perfectly free.

Homily for Friday, April 10, 2015

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What’s in a name? I suspect if I rattled off a few slogans and jingles, it would not take too long to identify the name of the company that uses it. The first question asked of new parents is what the name of the new child is. When a new sports team is created, there is much thought given to the name of the team. When thinking of the name of a website, great care is given to come up with something that is easy to remember.

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Homily for Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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I do not like being dependent on others. While there are times when it is a good thing, there are also times where I do too many things myself when I would be better to let others help. And so the thought of having to be carried anywhere, to be so dependent upon others that I could not go anywhere without being carried by others, is not in any way an enjoyable situation for me. Every day, day after day, this man is carried to beg. Not only is he dependent upon others to move, he is also dependent upon others for sustenance. Were it not for others, the man would likely die.

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Homily for Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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There is, it seems, a constant tension between the law and the spirit of the law. There are those people who simply cannot see there might be times when to follow the letter of the law is not in fact the moral thing to do. I think this is partly behind some of the tension and upset that some members of the Church feel about Pope Francis. Some see a danger in the pope’s “off the cuff” remarks, for example. It may be the case that some of these people, if they were around at the time of Jesus might have felt the same way.

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Homily for Sunday, December 14, 2014

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How do you see the world? Sometimes there can be the temptation to believe that only certain types of academic study really deals with the truth. Others might make judgements about certain aspects of life because of preconceived ideas. We certainly see this in our politics. We can make decisions about what we believe about something simply be considering who came up with the idea.

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Homily for Sunday, December 7, 2014

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I do not know of anyone who likes being sick. I know I do not. But not only is it bad to be sick, when I am sick, I feel like a scared little kid. I want my mom. There was something reassuring about having my mom around when I was sick. Unless it was a school day. Then it was necessary first to prove that you were sick. Well, not too much. Sometimes the sickness was obvious, like throwing up or diarrhea. Other times it involved a fever which also usually provided enough of a clue. There was the time I missed a week of school to pneumonia, and my parents suggested that after a week maybe I needed to get up an around to feel better. I was so tired of being stuck in the house I agreed. The problem was that while it did feel good to get out of the house on Saturday, the next day, Sunday brought the compression of multi-ton concrete blocks on my chest that is typical of being sick with pneumonia. I felt awful. The time with pneumonia was the only time ever I think I did not go to a Sunday Mass. (I even insisted on the day of my First Communion, even though I really was quite sick, that I felt well enough to make my First Communion that day. Unfortunately, I was really sick, and got sick and had to leave church. Oh well.

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Homily for Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Whenever we read or hear about water in the Bible, our minds should immediately turn to baptism.  Water is the profound symbol for baptism because it can both give life and deal death.  In baptism, by dying to sin we become open to the new and real life of God.  The gospel stresses this.  The man at Bethesda has no one to get him into the pool when it is stirred by the spirit.

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