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Readings for today
Saint Maximillian Kolbe is an amazing figure to know. A convert, a prisoner in a concentration camp, and a martyr for the faith, his story seems too much to believe. He offers himself in place of another man, who had a family, and so dies. Can anyone imagine doing this? How did it come to the point where Saint Maximillian Kolbe could do this? The short answer is that long before this, he started to get to know Jesus. When the moment came, this relationship was so strong it sustained him. The same is true for each one of us. If we get to know Jesus, we can do great things by imitating him.
Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri on August 14 2018.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR! It may seem odd to be greeted with these words in August. But for teachers, now and for the next few weeks, we will be starting a new school year. We will be imagining all that can be, and trying to make it real. Today's reading from Ezekiel is similar. Ezekiel is given a glimpse of heaven, of the glory to come. He sees a small glimpse, probably all he could handle, of the immense majesty of God. This small experience of God is enough to give Ezekiel strength to challenge the status quo. He challenges leaders to care for the people themselves, and not to see them as a means to their own profit. When we get a glimpse of God, a small foretaste of heaven, we are reminded to remove all that keeps us from God. This can be painful. This can be hard. But it is necessary if we are to really live in God's presence.
Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri on August 13, 2018.
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Today we celebrate Saint John Vianney, who is the patron saint of priests. Much goes into the training of a priest. There are theological studies, spiritual direction and other formation programs to strengthen the skills a priest needs for pastoral ministry. But Saint John Vianney provides a helpful insight into the priesthood. Most important is holiness. This is not to say theological studies are not important, or that there should be no pastoral training. What it is to say is that all of this is for not if it does not lead to holiness. Our purpose is holiness. We answer the call to holiness in our personal lives, and witness this holiness so others may answer God's call. So today, be holy as the Lord, your God is holy.
It is common for a teacher to try to use an familiar example to help students grasp and understand a complex topic. The prophet Jeremiah uses such images quite often when trying to get the people to convert. Today's image is quite strange, but the point is clear. If we allow ourselves to be away from God, when God has done so many things for us, we will rot. The good news is indeed the gospel. Just a little bit of God's grace is enough to help us to experience grace and life.
There is a tremendous responsibility given to any leader. Leadership is not simply the case of giving orders. It is far more important than that. It is about providing the example that inspire others to follow. And, when a leader fails, it is about having the courage to admit wrongdoing, and doing something so that words do not ring hollow, but represent a desire to make up for sin. Fridays are traditionally days when penance is done, so today is a good day to do what it takes to repent.