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What does it mean to follow Jesus? How does someone start a relationship with Jesus? How do I pray? What is the role of the sacraments? While it is clear that being a disciple means to follow Jesus, how does one get there? What does it mean? And how is it that Jesus invites me into this wonderful and eternal life?

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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 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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Do you believe in God’s mercy and forgiveness?

Do you believe in God’s mercy and forgiveness?

Readings for Today

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 culture to Jesus?

Will you be the one to introduce this culture to Jesus?

Readings for Today

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?

What is broken in your life, that only God can fix?

Readings for Today

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.

No doubt about it: Jesus is Lord

No doubt about it: Jesus is Lord

Readings for Today

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.

There’s nothing more important than following Jesus

There’s nothing more important than following Jesus

Readings for Today

(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.

Evil can be strong, but God’s love and mercy is stronger

Evil can be strong, but God’s love and mercy is stronger

Readings for Today

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.

What do you trust? A question of where to place our faith

What do you trust? A question of where to place our faith

Readings for Today

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.

What does it mean to be a Brother?

What does it mean to be a Brother?

Readings for Today

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.

Jesus: The Source and the Way to Unity

Jesus: The Source and the Way to Unity

Homily for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

Readings for Today

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.

Trinity Sunday Homily, St. Mary Magdelen, St. Louis, May 27, 2018

Trinity Sunday Homily, St. Mary Magdelen, St. Louis, May 27, 2018

Readings for Today

In order to understand the Trinity, we first need to think about love.  In a very small way, we experience love with each other.  Think of Charlie Brown and the little red haired girl, or Calvin and Susie, or Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley.  Think about the first time you realized that the boy or girl in your class at school was looking a little different to you this year.  For many, there was probably that moment when you realized that you loved the person you were to marry. Think of your friends, or your relatives, and what it is like to love them.  As wonderful as it all is to have these human loves, each pales in comparison to the love of the Trinity.  Can you enter into this loving relationship so that your life might be changed for the better, for ever?

Trinity Sunday Homily, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Louis, May 26, 2018

Trinity Sunday Homily, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Louis, May 26, 2018

Readings for Today

In order to understand the Trinity, we first need to think about love.  In a very small way, we experience love with each other.  Think of Charlie Brown and the little red haired girl, or Calvin and Susie, or Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley.  Think about the first time you realized that the boy or girl in your class at school was looking a little different to you this year.  For many, there was probably that moment when you realized that you loved the person you were to marry. Think of your friends, or your relatives, and what it is like to love them.  As wonderful as it all is to have these human loves, each pales in comparison to the love of the Trinity.  Can you enter into this loving relationship so that your life might be changed for the better, for ever?