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Today there is a lot of noise, but not always a lot of thought and reflection.  How is it that we are called to make sense of the world? What is a Christian to do in the midst of the day to day life that seems more and more removed from the gospel? We do not always have the answers, but we do seek to provide thoughtful reflection and intelligent faith discussion about the issues of the day.

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You can’t imitate Jesus if you don’t know him

You can’t imitate Jesus if you don’t know him


Readings for today

Saint Maximillian Kolbe is an amazing figure to know. A convert, a prisoner in a concentration camp, and a martyr for the faith, his story seems too much to believe. He offers himself in place of another man, who had a family, and so dies. Can anyone imagine doing this? How did it come to the point where Saint Maximillian Kolbe could do this? The short answer is that long before this, he started to get to know Jesus. When the moment came, this relationship was so strong it sustained him. The same is true for each one of us. If we get to know Jesus, we can do great things by imitating him.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri on August 14 2018.
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A glimpse of heaven and a call to change

A glimpse of heaven and a call to change

Readings for today

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It may seem odd to be greeted with these words in August. But for teachers, now and for the next few weeks, we will be starting a new school year. We will be imagining all that can be, and trying to make it real. Today's reading from Ezekiel is similar. Ezekiel is given a glimpse of heaven, of the glory to come. He sees a small glimpse, probably all he could handle, of the immense majesty of God. This small experience of God is enough to give Ezekiel strength to challenge the status quo. He challenges leaders to care for the people themselves, and not to see them as a means to their own profit. When we get a glimpse of God, a small foretaste of heaven, we are reminded to remove all that keeps us from God. This can be painful. This can be hard. But it is necessary if we are to really live in God's presence.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri on August 13, 2018.
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Take me now — No, eat! (11:00am)

Take me now — No, eat! (11:00am)


Readings for Today

Poor Elijah. He is at the end of his rope. And he has good reason. Despite his faithfulness to God, the people reject him. He can do no more. He wants to die. We have probably felt something like this. Perhaps we feel it in a medical diagnosis. Perhaps there are problems with our spouse. Maybe we feel the demands of work are beyond us. Maybe we study for a test only to fail. Perhaps it is a case where I argue with my parents. Whatever, we can come to the end of our rope. That is where Jesus comes to us. When we are hungry and reach out to him. Go to Mass. Eat the bread of life. Be filled.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri on August 12, 2018.
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Take me now — No, eat! (9:00am)

Take me now — No, eat! (9:00am)

Readings for Today

Poor Elijah. He is at the end of his rope. And he has good reason. Despite his faithfulness to God, the people reject him. He can do no more. He wants to die. We have probably felt something like this. Perhaps we feel it in a medical diagnosis. Perhaps there are problems with our spouse. Maybe we feel the demands of work are beyond us. Maybe we study for a test only to fail. Perhaps it is a case where I argue with my parents. Whatever, we can come to the end of our rope. That is where Jesus comes to us. When we are hungry and reach out to him. Go to Mass. Eat the bread of life. Be filled.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri on August 12, 2018.
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Take me now — No, eat!

Take me now — No, eat!

Readings for Today

Poor Elijah. He is at the end of his rope. And he has good reason. Despite his faithfulness to God, the people reject him. He can do no more. He wants to die. We have probably felt something like this. Perhaps we feel it in a medical diagnosis. Perhaps there are problems with our spouse. Maybe we feel the demands of work are beyond us. Maybe we study for a test only to fail. Perhaps it is a case where I argue with my parents. Whatever, we can come to the end of our rope. That is where Jesus comes to us. When we are hungry and reach out to him. Go to Mass. Eat the bread of life. Be filled.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri on August 11, 2018.

Olives and pickles and what really eliminates hunger (Missionaries of Charity)

Olives and pickles and what really eliminates hunger (Missionaries of Charity)

Readings for Today

I was blessed as a kid with two Thanksgiving dinners. The first was at my maternal grandmothers, then we went as a family to my father's side of the family. What I remember about my grandmother's Thanksgiving meal is that everyone played a part and brought something to the feast. Before the meal, I remember being so hungry.  The only thing on the table were dishes of pickles and olives. We ate them anyway, until we were scolded away. The meal was always wonderful, and the pies were excellent. But I am still hungry. Thank goodness the Eucharist fills my spiritual hunger forever.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri on August 4, 2018.
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Olives and pickles and what really eliminates hunger (Our Lady of Lourdes)

Olives and pickles and what really eliminates hunger (Our Lady of Lourdes)

Readings for Today

I was blessed as a kid with two Thanksgiving dinners. The first was at my maternal grandmothers, then we went as a family to my father's side of the family. What I remember about my grandmother's Thanksgiving meal is that everyone played a part and brought something to the feast. Before the meal, I remember being so hungry.  The only thing on the table were dishes of pickles and olives. We ate them anyway, until we were scolded away. The meal was always wonderful, and the pies were excellent. But I am still hungry. Thank goodness the Eucharist fills my spiritual hunger forever.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri on August 4, 2018.
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The most important gift is holiness

The most important gift is holiness

Readings for Today

Today we celebrate Saint John Vianney, who is the patron saint of priests. Much goes into the training of a priest. There are theological studies, spiritual direction and other formation programs to strengthen the skills a priest needs for pastoral ministry. But Saint John Vianney provides a helpful insight into the priesthood. Most important is holiness. This is not to say theological studies are not important, or that there should be no pastoral training. What it is to say is that all of this is for not if it does not lead to holiness. Our purpose is holiness. We answer the call to holiness in our personal lives, and witness this holiness so others may answer God's call.  So today, be holy as the Lord, your God is holy.

Just a little bit of God’s grace can clean a mess

Just a little bit of God’s grace can clean a mess

Readings for Today

It is common for a teacher to try to use an familiar example to help students grasp and understand a complex topic. The prophet Jeremiah uses such images quite often when trying to get the people to convert. Today's image is quite strange, but the point is clear. If we allow ourselves to be away from God, when God has done so many things for us, we will rot. The good news is indeed the gospel. Just a little bit of God's grace is enough to help us to experience grace and life.

To be a good shepherd do penance

To be a good shepherd do penance

Readings for Today

There is a tremendous responsibility given to any leader. Leadership is not simply the case of giving orders. It is far more important than that. It is about providing the example that inspire others to follow. And, when a leader fails, it is about having the courage to admit wrongdoing, and doing something so that words do not ring hollow, but represent a desire to make up for sin. Fridays are traditionally days when penance is done, so today is a good day to do what it takes to repent.

Homily given at Saint Dominic's Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, on July 27, 2018
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Grace for parents: Ask Sts. Joachim and Ann to pray for you

Grace for parents: Ask Sts. Joachim and Ann to pray for you

Readings for Today

While I do not know what it is like to be a parent, I was graced to have parents I always knew loved me. The passed on their faith to me, they gave me all I needed, and a lot of what I wanted. And Saints Joachim and Ann, the saints we celebrate today, certainly knew what it meant to create a home of faith. As parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, they instilled in their daughter the belief in God that would takes such root she would not sin and would become the mother of Jesus. So if you are a parent, seek the prayers of Saints Joachim and Ann. And if your relationship with your parents needs healing, then ask them to pray that God send healing into your life.

Homily given at Mercy Hospital, Creve Coeur, Missouri, on July 26, 2018.

You have all the gifts from God you need – make disciples

You have all the gifts from God you need – make disciples

Readings for Today

It was the Christmas gift to end all Christmas gifts. So important to me was this Christmas gift, that I pulled the "nuclear option" with my parents: "If you get me this gift, I will never need another gift from you ever again." Wow. Of course, after a few months, this toy lost its luster, and it is today probably in some landfill somewhere. At the tender age of 7, I had not yet understood how to discern what gifts were really the important ones. It can be like that with God's gifts too. We have all we need from God to make disciples, but we often think we are unprepared.

Homilies given at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on July 14 and July 15, 2018.
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The Pain for Parents: When a child does not practice the faith

The Pain for Parents: When a child does not practice the faith

Readings for Today

For some, it is a deeply painful experience where God did not appear to answer a prayer. For some, it is the lack of a compelling reason to believe in God. For others, it is disagreement with one Church teaching or another. These were the three reasons given by a recent study done by Saint Mary's Press on why some young people are disaffiliated with the Church.  In my ministry, I am not sure there are many more painful ongoing realities than a parent who has adult children who do not practice their faith. Today's homily invites each of us to enter into the importance of gospel witness.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, on July 12, 2018
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Not Just for Benedictines: Pray and Work

Not Just for Benedictines: Pray and Work

Readings for Today

To Pray and To Work.  Ora et Labora.  This is the motto of the Benedictines. We celebrate today the founder of the Benedictines: Saint Benedict. Most versions of community life have their roots in the ideas of Saint Benedict. The motto suggests a pattern for life.  The Benedictine Order is a contemplative one, so it is easy to see the value of prayer in what is done. But they also needed to be self-sufficient, and so they worked. So today there is a question for each of us: How is it we sanctify our work? How does our work inform our experience of God?

Homily given at Mercy Hospital, Creve Coeur, Missouri, on July 11, 2018
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