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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. [playlist ids="8351,8353,8352"] 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 [audio m4a="https://www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/CBC-Brothers-For-Life-Reunion-06012018.m4a"][/audio] 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. [playlist ids="8318,8317"] 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 [audio mp3="https://www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Trinity-Sunday-St.-Mary-Magdelen-05272018.mp3"][/audio] 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 [audio mp3="https://www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Trinity-Sunday-Our-Lady-of-Lourdes-052620182018.mp3"][/audio] 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?
Treasuring things in your heart: Homily for Monday, Janaury 1, 2018

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

[audio mp3="https://www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Solemnity-of-Mary-Mother-of-God-Octave-of-Christmas-01012018.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today 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.