Tag: imago dei

Novena of Saint Jude, Thursday, May 21, 2015

I am preaching the Novena of Saint Jude, days 4-9. This is an audio recording of my day four preaching, which examines the question of our being made in God’s image and the implication for prayer. For more information about the Dominican Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus in Chicago, visit their website here.

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Homily for Sunday, May 10, 2015

Just who do you think you are? Usually when we are asked such a question it is not a good thing, at least in my experience. I find that too often I am being “put in my place” (usually rightly so). In these instances, when I hear such a question it is because I am thinking too much of myself, or I am not being kind, or I am not loving. Such a question is not usually seen as a compliment.

Homily for Saturday, January 10, 2015

Readings for Today

“The Lord takes delight in His people.” I do not know about you, but I have heard this refrain many times. This was today’s response to the psalm. But for whatever reason, today I really thought about what we were saying in the response. It got me to thinking: how often do we really think about the fact that God takes delight in us, His people. God takes delight in us. Really.

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National Migration Week

We are One Family Under God

National Migration Week 2015 will take place January 4 – 10 with the theme, “We are One Family Under God,” which brings to mind the importance of family in our daily lives. This reminder is particularly important when dealing with the migration phenomenon, as family members are too often separated from one another. Please find below an assortment of resources that can help with your celebration of National Migration Week 2015:

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Homily for Saturday, December 27, 2014

Readings for Today

I do not remember the exact moment I first thought my faith was beautiful. It is the result of being born into a very Catholic family. For most of my life, being Catholic was simply something that was. It was like being from Vermont, or a member of the family, or any of a number of things that simply were always a part of my life. But make no mistake – I think the faith is beautiful.

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Homily for Sunday, November 23, 2014 (Christ the King)

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How do you see God? I think of this question every time we come to the feast of Christ the King. The first reason, is that the notion of kings, in this day and age, are often, when we think about them today, something that could be considered largely ceremonial. There are very few kings in the world today, who have any real political power. And so, thinking about Jesus Christ as a king, could lead one to think that God’s role in our world is largely ceremonial, we can go to church, and we can even be moved by the liturgical celebrations that we see, but when it comes to really making a difference in our day-to-day lives, we can think of Christ the King in the same way that we think of the kings and for that matter Queens of the world who really don’t seem to do very much.

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Homily for Saturday, October 11, 2014

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Before faith came, we were held in custody under law, confined for the faith that was to be revealed. The apostle Paul had a rather interesting life of faith. His story is probably well known to us. As a Jew, Paul was zealous in following the Law, as he tells us, beyond all his contemporaries. He excelled in following the Law. And then came his big conversion to the Lord Jesus. This was not simply a conversion in doing something different but rather in being someone else. His insight helps us to understand the role of religious law in our life.

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Homily for Sunday, October 5, 2014

Readings for Today

“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your known your requests known to God.” Paul makes it sound so easy, doesn’t he?

I do not know about you, but it seems, at least in my life, that the times when I am most likely to be attentive to prayers of petition are precisely those times when I am prone to anxiety. I am sure you have had similar moments in your life. Someone you love is seriously ill, or you are facing some tragedy, you have lost a job, or something like that. Or, perhaps the anxiety producing events are not so significant as the serious examples I have mentioned above, but they produce anxiety none the less.

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