Contemplation and Action – Choosing the better part

Readings for Today

“It is the Mass that matters most.” In an article about the great “labor priest”, Msgr. George Higgins, this was the quote pulled for the title of the article. Perhaps no Catholic figure of the 20th Century did more for the rights of workers than Msgr. George Higgins. That said, as important as his actions were, it is safe to say his contemplation in the presence of the Lord. He insisted on giving a benediction at Labor meetings. He spent hours in prayer each day. He clearly understood why Jesus said Mary had chosen the better part. Jesus was not suggesting actions did not matter. He was not providing a convenient excuse to do nothing. Rather, he stressed an important truth easily forgotten: action without prayer and contemplation is not better. Martha’s sin was to presume that what she was doing was more important than Mary. We too can fall into this trap. We can believe that even Catholic social activism can be “prayer.” We may meet Christ in others, but we come to know Christ in contemplation.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 9, 2018.
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Want what God wants

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Mother Theresa is known to have said that sin is wanting for ourselves something that God does not want for us. This quote does not simply refer to wanting something sinful. In fact, it can also refer to wanting a spiritual gift that God does not give us. It can frustrate us. It can make us jealous of others who have this gift. But any gift that God wants us to have is only good to the degree it leads us into deeper relationship with God.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, on October 6, 2018.
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Credible Witnesses to Faith

Credible Witnesses to Faith
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When we hear the phrase, “the signs of the times”, we tend to consider it a rather modern concept. Truth is, the saint we celebrate, Saint Francis, was someone who could read and respond to the signs of the times. When he lived, the Church needed renewal and rebirth. The preaching of the faith was not credible. People were beginning to believe things that were harmful to themselves. Francis embraced a new way of spreading the gospel. He provided a credible witness to living the faith. Each one of us is invited by God to do the same. We must be credible witnesses to how faith changes our lives, and how it can do so for others.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 4, 2018.
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Credible Witnesses to Faith

Credible Witnesses to Faith
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Readings for Today

When we hear the phrase, “the signs of the times”, we tend to consider it a rather modern concept. Truth is, the saint we celebrate, Saint Francis, was someone who could read and respond to the signs of the times. When he lived, the Church needed renewal and rebirth. The preaching of the faith was not credible. People were beginning to believe things that were harmful to themselves. Francis embraced a new way of spreading the gospel. He provided a credible witness to living the faith. Each one of us is invited by God to do the same. We must be credible witnesses to how faith changes our lives, and how it can do so for others.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 4, 2018.
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Angel of God, My Guardian Dear

Angel of God, My Guardian Dear
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Angel of God, My guardian dear, To Whom His love, Commits me here; Ever this day, Be at my side, To light and guard, To rule and guide. Amen. Many people began (and do begin each day with this prayer). Today we recall the Holy Guardian Angels, a comforting notion that God gives us grace in a variety of ways. God gives it to us directly. And God directs holy angels to watch over us specifically. Think about the power of God’s love! That there is one angel, specifically entrusted to our salvation! Wow! While an angel does not guarantee that we will always do the right thing, an angel does provide a reminder that God does all he can to save us.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 2, 2018.
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Angel of God, My Guardian Dear

Angel of God, My Guardian Dear
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Readings for Today

Angel of God, My guardian dear, To Whom His love, Commits me here; Ever this day, Be at my side, To light and guard, To rule and guide. Amen. Many people began (and do begin each day with this prayer). Today we recall the Holy Guardian Angels, a comforting notion that God gives us grace in a variety of ways. God gives it to us directly. And God directs holy angels to watch over us specifically. Think about the power of God’s love! That there is one angel, specifically entrusted to our salvation! Wow! While an angel does not guarantee that we will always do the right thing, an angel does provide a reminder that God does all he can to save us.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 2, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Peace begins with God

Peace begins with God
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Readings for Today

Some kids walk to school dodging landmines. In some parts of the world, parents are so desperate for their children’s safety, they will risk everything, taking a chance they can arrive in a better country. Some live in homes with domestic violence, sexual abuse and poverty. Others have struggles and stresses they keep hidden. While there is a popular religious song, “Let Peace Begin with Me”, in truth peace begins with God. The “peace which passes understanding” is the gift from Jesus that makes all peace possible.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 27, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Peace begins with God

Peace begins with God
Daily Homilies

 
 
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Readings for Today

Some kids walk to school dodging landmines. In some parts of the world, parents are so desperate for their children’s safety, they will risk everything, taking a chance they can arrive in a better country. Some live in homes with domestic violence, sexual abuse and poverty. Others have struggles and stresses they keep hidden. While there is a popular religious song, “Let Peace Begin with Me”, in truth peace begins with God. The “peace which passes understanding” is the gift from Jesus that makes all peace possible.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 27, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Not about family – about the Word of God

Not about family – about the Word of God
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Readings for Today

At first glance, it may seem that when Jesus speaks of his mother, he is a bit rude. He says her request is not his concern. He seems to indicate he will not see his mother when she comes to talk to him. He doesn’t appear concerned when she is looking for him. But to get a deeper understanding, we need to see a major point of the gospels. Mary, the Mother of God, is not privileged primarily because she is the biological mother of Jesus. No, she is privileged because she hears the Word of God and acts on it. If we are externally religious, appearing to believe, but our actions do not indicate we act on the Word of God we have heard, we are hypocrites. Hear what Jesus has to say: hear the Word of God and act on it.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 25, 2018.
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Not about family – about the Word of God

Not about family – about the Word of God
Daily Homilies

 
 
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Readings for Today

At first glance, it may seem that when Jesus speaks of his mother, he is a bit rude. He says her request is not his concern. He seems to indicate he will not see his mother when she comes to talk to him. He doesn’t appear concerned when she is looking for him. But to get a deeper understanding, we need to see a major point of the gospels. Mary, the Mother of God, is not privileged primarily because she is the biological mother of Jesus. No, she is privileged because she hears the Word of God and acts on it. If we are externally religious, appearing to believe, but our actions do not indicate we act on the Word of God we have heard, we are hypocrites. Hear what Jesus has to say: hear the Word of God and act on it.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 25, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.