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THE PAIN FOR PARENTS: WHEN AN ADULT CHILD DOES NOT PRACTICE THE FAITH
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 SAINT BENEDICT: PRAY AND WORK
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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DO YOU BELIEVE IN GOD'S MERCY AND FORGIVENESS?
Today the Church starts readings from the book of Hosea, a wonderful testimony to God's forgiveness and mercy. You may have heard the phrase, "God is rich in mercy." But have you considered what that means for you personally? Do you allow yourself to experience that mercy and forgiveness? Do you take the time to find that mercy and forgiveness when God is ready to offer it to you? Can you allow God to change your heart to turn away from sin and to experience the love of God?
Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri on July 9, 2018
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WILL YOU BE THE ONE TO INTRODUCE THIS CULUTRE TO JESUS?
Have you ever seen yourself as a person who is called to introduce others to the person of Jesus? Most Catholics do not. They do not envision that they are the ones to go door to door to talk about Jesus. This is often seen as something "the Protestants do", or the Mormons. But as Catholics, we are not so likely to view ourselves as those door to door evangelists. But if not us, how is it that people are to get to know Jesus? How is it that others will be brought to our Church? How is it that Jesus can get more disciples? Today's readings issue a profound challenge to each of us to see ourselves as missionaries.
Homilies given at St. Pius V Parish, Saint Louis, Missouri, on Saturday, July 7, 2018 and Sunday, July 8, 2018.
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WHAT IS BROKEN IN YOUR LIFE THAT ONLY GOD CAN FIX?
Life is a series of cycles. The sun sets, the sun rises. We sleep, we wake up. We eat dead things to stay alive. We feel close to God, we feel removed. The one constant is God. And the mercy and forgiveness of God is more powerful than anything we could imagine. Despite the sins of the people, God is present. God forgives. We engage in acts of penance to help us to see more clearly the presence of God. And at those moments when God is clear, when the presence of God is close, we simply bask in the love God has for each one of us.
Homily given at St. Dominic Priory, Saint Louis Missouri, on July 7, 2018.
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FEAST OF SAINT THOMAS
NO DOUBT ABOUT IT: JESUS IS LORD
If I were in the shoes of Saint Thomas, I would have reacted just as he did. I would have doubted. I mean, rising from the dead. How many people can say that have witnessed a death, and seen new life. It is too bad we remember Thomas too often for his doubt. Thomas believed. He shed his life. How did he move from doubt to faith? By a personal encounter with Jesus. Spend some time with Jesus to get to know him better today.
Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, July 3, 2018.
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THERE'S NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN FOLLOWING JESUS
(Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, MO, on July 2, 2018.)
When I was writing my dissertation, I had to leave my room. If I stayed at home, there were simply too many distractions. Everywhere I looked there was a chance I could focus on anything but my dissertation. So too, we can become distracted in the faith. We can seek out anything but what God is asking of us. We can make excuses for not helping others. We can seem too busy for prayer. But the message from the gospel is clear: there is nothing more important than following Jesus.
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EVIL IS STRONG, BUT GOD'S LOVE AND MERCY IS STRONGER
(Homilies given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, MO, on June 30 and July 1, 2018.)
It is no secret we live in a broken world. We are surrounded by violence. People are suffering unjustly. Children are separated from the parents. There is family brokenness. And we sin. But despite all of this, the love and mercy and forgiveness of Jesus is stronger. It can heal. It can raise people from the dead. And if we accept this in faith, we can live forever.
10th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
WHAT DO YOU TRUST? A QUESTION OF WHERE WE PUT OUR FAITH
This weekend's homilies were given at Our Lady of Lourdes, Saint Louis, MO, at the 5pm Mass on June 9, 2016, and at the 9 and 11am Masses on June 10, 2016.
In what do you trust? Science? Wealth? Politics? Only yourself? Or is it that you do the will of God and seek primary relationship with Jesus? This weekend's readings challenge us to seek to do the will of God, to place primary trust in Jesus, and to live as he wishes. It it not to suggest that science is bad, for I want my doctor to know good science. It is not that wonderful things cannot be done with someone who is generous with their wealth. It is not that people should not work to make political change. But if we are seeking peace and fulfillment, happiness and salvation, it is first found when we follow Jesus. Only then do we find the peace that surpasses understanding.
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THIS IS WHAT I THINK
IS THERE A SPIRITUAL EMPTINESS?
Consider the following information. From The Center for Disease Control: Suicide is a leading cause of death in the US. 115 people die each day in the United States from opioid abuse. From The Health Insurer CIGNA: Most Americans are considered lonely. From Fight the New Drug: This is the reality of what the porn industry fuels (and fantasizes): real people being sexually abused and exploited at the hands of family members, traffickers, and pimps. Each click to porn content directly fuels the demand for sex traffickers to make money by selling videos and images of their sex slaves to porn sites. From The Health Insurer State Farm: Many Americans do not know their neighbors, or have social interactions limited to a "wave or a nod." From The Pew Research Trust: If it were a religion, the largest group would be those who claim no religious affiliation.
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KEEP IT SIMPLE
LOVE GOD. LOVE NEIGHBOR. MAKE DISCIPLES.
There can be times when we get bogged down in the faith life because it seems overwhelming. We can make things too complicated. We can think too much. Today's gospel reminds us that it all boils down to love. There is first, and primarily, the love that Jesus has for each one of us. And there is the task of loving God and neighbor, and then sharing the fruits of that love with others. Love God. Love Neighbor. Make Disciples.
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JESUS: THE SOURCE AND WAY TO UNITY
Homilies were at Our Lady of Lourdes, in Saint Louis, Missouri, and at Saints Joachim and Ann, in Saint Charles, Missouri.
We are more divided than ever. We are angry. We are isolated. And we are more lonely than ever. So how is it that we fix this? Jesus, of course. Jesus gives us the gift of himself, and seeks to bring us together through his grace.
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BROTHERS FOR LIFE
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A BROTHER?
Coming back to high school a few years, or even many years after graduation is an interesting experience. But either way, it serves as a powerful reminder of God's love for each one of us, a love more powerful than anything that can be placed before it.
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