Be Like Mary – Treasure things in your heart

Be Like Mary – Treasure things in your heart
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I had one of the best retreats I have had in a long time. I was at Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, the Trappist community that Thomas Merton joined. While I am not sure why it was such a good retreat, the outcome was clear. I needed to incorporate more silence and prayer into my life. As we focus today on the Assumption of Mary, if we only think of this glorious ending, we could forget that her life was not easy. She faced so many hardships over the course of her life. But she is often described as having treasured things in her heart. In other words, over and over again she was a woman of prayer and silence. Maybe today we can resolve in some small way, to imitate her.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri on August 15, 2018.
Photo by Pixabay.

Be Like Mary – Treasure things in your heart

Be Like Mary – Treasure things in your heart
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Readings for Today

I had one of the best retreats I have had in a long time. I was at Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, the Trappist community that Thomas Merton joined. While I am not sure why it was such a good retreat, the outcome was clear. I needed to incorporate more silence and prayer into my life. As we focus today on the Assumption of Mary, if we only think of this glorious ending, we could forget that her life was not easy. She faced so many hardships over the course of her life. But she is often described as having treasured things in her heart. In other words, over and over again she was a woman of prayer and silence. Maybe today we can resolve in some small way, to imitate her.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri on August 15, 2018.
Photo by Pixabay.

Treasuring things in your heart: Homily for Monday, Janaury 1, 2018

Treasuring things in your heart: Homily for Monday, Janaury 1, 2018
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This might not be the time of year you feel like slowing down.  It may not be the time of year you can slow down.  But today’s gospel is an invitation to contemplation. As we consider the role and person of Mary, Mother of God, we are given the model of someone with a contemplative heart.  And this contemplative heart allows Mary to overcome some very difficult things.

In our lives, too, things can be hard.  We can find that so much activity is part of life. It can seem there is no time to think. But is this really true? What if we imitated Mary and treasured what happens in our hearts? What if we made time for prayer and contemplation in our lives? Try to do so during this year.

What do you carry in life?: Homily for December 8, 2017

What do you carry in life?: Homily for December 8, 2017
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I remember a dramatic scene in the movie, The Mission, where a war mercenary decided there needed to be a change in his life.  He converted and turned his life around. As a sign of his desire to change, he put the implements of his sin, his armor and weapons, in a bag and lugged it up a mountain.  It made the journey difficult and slow.  So slow in fact, that another person climbing the mountain became frustrated and cut the rope to the  bag, and it tumbled all the way back to the bottom of the mountain.  He did not go on.  He went back down and started over.  When he finally reached the top, the natives, members from the village,  members he had killed and sold into slavery, finally cut the bag as a sign of reconciliation.

Our Blessed Mother, Mary, is sometimes referred to the Ark of the Covenant, because she carried Jesus in her womb.  It makes for a question.  What do we carry? Do we cling to our sinfulness, carrying it with us because we will not turn our lives toward God, or do we carry our witness to the Gospel in the way that leads us and others to a deeper relationship with Jesus?

Signum Fidei: Homily for November 1, 2017

Signum Fidei: Homily for November 1, 2017
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Do you witness to sanctity? Do you show forth holiness in your life? The bishop that ordained me said this: “Don’t wait until you die to be a saint.  That’s too late.  Become a saint now.” Are you a saint? On the seal of the high school where I teach is the Latin phrase, “signum fidei.” It means sign of faith. It suggests that in all things we are to see ourselves as signs of faith.

How do we do this? We are a sign of faith when we are generous, faithful, prayerful and kind. We are a sign of faith when Jesus becomes the center of our lives.  Each time we see another human being as the image of God, we are a sign of faith.  So do not wait to become a saint.  Do so now.

Without Sin: Homily for Assumption of Mary, August 15, 2017

Without Sin: Homily for Assumption of Mary, August 15, 2017
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Readings for Today (Vigil Mass)

Readings for Today (Mass during the day)

There are moments when we might wish to have lived in a different time.  How many have longed to be alive in the time of Jesus? How many seek to live during the time of our favorite saint? When we think this way, we forget that regardless of when we live, the mission is always to follow Jesus.  We must see how Jesus is alive.  We must seek God in all things. It does not matter when we live, but what we do.

Where is God in your life? How does God call you to holiness? What is it that gives life? We live during the present age because God wants us to.  And because God wants us to, God also gives us all the grace we need.  Becuase Mary knew this and remained close to God, she was rewarded by God with the immediate presence.  She did not have to wait for death but rather went right to God.

 

Immaculate Conception: Will you help me? It is going to be hard. (12-08-16)

Immaculate Conception: Will you help me? It is going to be hard. (12-08-16)
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Will you help me? How often have you heard this question? Parents certainly have.  I have.  The most difficult part is when the help needed is hard.  Who likes to help a friend move?  How about spending time with a person who makes us uncomfortable? These situations, and others like them, are hard.  It is not always easy to say yes to helping.

What is worse, sometimes we make excuses to avoid helping.  I’m busy.  I have to do this very important thing, like watching television.  I have to lie, so that I do not have to help.  We celebrate today two things. First, we celebrate the great gift of God to Mary to spare her from Original Sin.  Second, we celebrate her “yes” to following God, especially when it is hard.  Mary was aware of God’s grace.  Mary relied upon it.  And she also was aware of the people that God placed into her life.  Elizabeth.  And Joseph.

So, today, as every day, God gives you grace.  And today, as every day, God seeks your help.  What will you say?  Will you help God?

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Homily for Saturday, August 15, 2015 (Assumption Mass During the Day)

Readings for Today

Watch out! I use a GPS system that not only tells me the directions, but also warns me of obstacles to driving I might encounter. It warns me by saying “Watch out!” and then it indicates what the hazard or issue is. The first time I used this, when I heard “Watch out!” I was startled. But know I look forward to hearing it, because I find the verbal warnings to be helpful in keeping me safe.

I think of the Solemnity of the Assumption in a similar way. Only on this day, when we are encouraged to “Watch out!” it is not simply to avoid hazards, though that is part of what we do today. It is also to give us the path to follow. By reflecting on the way in which Mary lived her life, we are shown the way a disciple of Jesus is led to follow him and find in doing so, God himself.

To be sure, there are many things we can encounter on a daily basis that might cause us to proceed with caution. It can be quite difficult indeed to remember that every person is created in the dignity that God gives. When people cut us off in traffic, it is not easy to remember God given dignity. When we see someone begging for help, it can be quite the challenge to see them as person of Christ himself. Even with those we love greatly, we can be tempted to consider only our own needs and not the needs of those with whom we live.

When we consider eastern Church art, we can see that Mary is always pointing the way to Christ. It is not that Mary reflects the greatness of Mary, but of the Lord. Mary does not exalt her self, but God, her savior. God is the source for Mary, and it is God who fills her heart with joy when Mary considers what God has done.

Because of this, we celebrate then with Mary what glory awaits those who encounter God. And what is that? It is the most precious gift God enables for us, namely the gift of the eternal possibility of a relationship that fulfills us far beyond anything we can imagine.

Homily for Good Friday, April 3, 2015

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One challenge in life, it seems to me, is to be a person of balance. Centuries ago, Aristotle discussed the ideal location for virtue was in between two extremes. There can be a value to being generous. But real generosity lies between being foolhardy with the gifts we have been given on the one hand, and resisting the type of stinginess that never gives away anything.

How it is we view the human person requires this same ability to recognize the virtue that lies in the middle. There can be times in our own life when we fail to see any goodness in ourselves, when we beat ourselves up simply for existing. Yet at the same time, there are moments when we can justify almost anything we do, easily excusing our mistakes and sins.

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Homily for Holy Thursday, April 2, 2015

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The Body of Christ. Tonight provides us the powerful celebration that helps us to focus upon the beauty of the Body of Christ as presented to us in the Scriptures. The Body of Christ. It is the Eucharist. It is the people of God. Tonight’s readings put before us both profound truths. At the center of Catholic worship is the Eucharist. This is because it is true that the center of Catholic worship is Christ. It can be no other way.

The gospel reminds us though, that there is an essential relationship between the Eucharist, body and blood, soul and divinity of Christ, the the indwelling Christ in each person. When a person hungers, Christ hungers. When a person thirsts, Christ thirsts. When someone is in prison or in hospital, then Christ is there too. It matters that we make the connection between what we do here, or more specifically, what Christ does here, and what we do in worshiping Christ both here and in the world. Our lives become the constant attempt to take what Jesus does for us here and to live it out there.

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