The End is Near

The End is Near
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Readings for Today

The readings for today signify the change that happens in the last week of the liturgical year. They turn a little more harsh. They focus on last things. The judgement is coming. We are told to think about our lives and what they mean. And while there is the comfort of God’s love and care for each of us, there is also the warnings that are given to help us to stay focused upon God.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on November 27, 2018.

What does it all mean?

What does it all mean?
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One of the greatest books ever written was Man’s Search for Meaning, by Austrian Psychologist and Doctor, Viktor Frankl. The first half of the book is a recounting of Frankl’s experience in a German concentration camp. As a keen observer of humans, Frankl became interested in trying to determine how it was that some people seemed to endure the torture and suffering better than others. 

The result, based upon his previous research, was the topic of meaning. For those who had a sense of meaning or purpose, the concentration camp became something they could endure. Without meaning, they often found themselves unable to cope, some even taking their own lives.

Today’s celebration of Christ the King is indeed one of meaning. Without an understanding of the suffering and death of Jesus, we might struggle to develop a more powerful relationship with him. When we can discover that it is Jesus himself who provides our meaning, then indeed we become really fulfilled.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on November 25, 2018.

What does it all mean?

What does it all mean?
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Readings for Today

One of the greatest books ever written was Man’s Search for Meaning, by Austrian Psychologist and Doctor, Viktor Frankl. The first half of the book is a recounting of Frankl’s experience in a German concentration camp. As a keen observer of humans, Frankl became interested in trying to determine how it was that some people seemed to endure the torture and suffering better than others. 

The result, based upon his previous research, was the topic of meaning. For those who had a sense of meaning or purpose, the concentration camp became something they could endure. Without meaning, they often found themselves unable to cope, some even taking their own lives.

Today’s celebration of Christ the King is indeed one of meaning. Without an understanding of the suffering and death of Jesus, we might struggle to develop a more powerful relationship with him. When we can discover that it is Jesus himself who provides our meaning, then indeed we become really fulfilled.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on November 25, 2018.

If you build it

If you build it
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I am amazed at the vision and skill of architects. When I was president of a high school, there was an addition built on the school. Looking at the empty space above the existing building where the addition was to go, I simply could not imagine what I was told would be there. I saw empty space. But an architect saw a new building addition.

Just as I had difficulty seeing what a talented architect could make, in the spiritual life it can be difficult to see the plan that God has for each one of us. The readings of the book of Daniel reflect the work of an architect who knows hope and eternal life when all we can see is gloom and darkness. As we end the Church year, still living in a world of all kinds of darkness, we are called to remember all that the divine architect can do for us.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri, on November 17, 2018.

Are you all in?

Are you all in?
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Are you all in? That is an interesting expression to describe when we hold nothing back. While it is often used in an athletic context, it can also mean any part of our lives where we need to give our all to something. 

In both readings, it is the widow who is the hero of the story. Why is this? Because both the widow who encounters Elijah, and the widow in the gospel who gives from her want, each of them is completely in with God. The trust each shows to God is total.

What about you and me? All in? Or is it the case the trust shown is “surplus” trust in God? Will you go wherever God leads? Say yes. Go all in.

Homily given at Saint Monica Parish, Creve Coeur, Missouri, on November 10, 2018.
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Are you all in?

Are you all in?
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Readings for Today

Are you all in? That is an interesting expression to describe when we hold nothing back. While it is often used in an athletic context, it can also mean any part of our lives where we need to give our all to something. 

In both readings, it is the widow who is the hero of the story. Why is this? Because both the widow who encounters Elijah, and the widow in the gospel who gives from her want, each of them is completely in with God. The trust each shows to God is total.

What about you and me? All in? Or is it the case the trust shown is “surplus” trust in God? Will you go wherever God leads? Say yes. Go all in.

Homily given at Saint Monica Parish, Creve Coeur, Missouri, on November 10, 2018.
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What is heaven like?

Readings for Today were taken from the Office of the Dead, as the homily was for a Dominican Feast, All Deceased Dominicans.

Just what is heaven? What does it mean to live forever? Is heaven an extended family reunion? An existence that is just a little bit better than our life here on earth? Or is it in fact something more? If it is not really that much different, why would anyone want to live forever? Life is pretty difficult. The Buddhists believe that life is suffering, and many times it seems that way. But is this really all that heaven is, something just a little better? Fortunately, the bible gives us plenty of clues that heaven is much more. Saint Paul tells us heaven, and what it is, has not even entered into our hearts. It is beyond anything we can understand. But it is absolute fulfillment. So pray for the dead. And open your heart to Jesus.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, on November 8, 2018.
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He will find you

He will find you
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Readings for Today

Today’s readings provide for us an important insight into God. God wants everyone to be saved. Everyone. In the first reading, we are reminded God uses a less than perfect Saint Paul to preach to the Gentiles. In the gospel, we see parables that remind us that God is always searching for us. God wants so much to forgive our sins. He so much wants a relationship with us. This is so true that God goes to any length to find us. God makes every opportunity to be available to us. He reminds us again and again the time in now for conversion. So do not waste another second. Open your heart to God. It will make all of the difference.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on November 8, 2018.
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The Unity of a ballpark

The Unity of a ballpark
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I remember vividly my first trip to Fenway Park. I was seven years old. There was the excitement of seeing Boston for the first time, of seeing Fenway, and of loving all things Red Sox. It is a love that has never left me. And, every time I return to Fenway, that feeling of excitement I had as a little kids returns. I have learned many lessons about the faith life from Fenway and the Red Sox too. As I think of All Saints, I think of a ballpark. A whole crowd of people, tens of thousands of people, all pulling for the same cause. Imagine of that type of unity were applied to the gospel. Imagine how much could be accomplished if we were all pulling together to do the will of God.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 28, 2018.
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