Below are the most recent DePorres Pages Homilies.
[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.
[audio mp3="https://www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Memorial-of-Saints-Basil-the-Great-and-Gregory-Nazianzen-Bishops-and-Doctors-of-the-Church-Christmas-Season-01022018.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today There are some people who really, really hate religion. It is not just that they disagree with this or that thing, but the very existence of religion makes their blood boil. And it is not just that they do not want any religion mentioned, they do not want anyone else to mention it either. It is about destroying any public reference to religion. Religion is simply something that is meant to be private. Period.
[audio mp3="https://www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Wednesday-Christmas-Weekday-01032018.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today Do you know you are made in God's image? Most of us would answer yes. But do we really believe it? How often do we excuse doing something wrong by saying, "I'm only human?" When we know we are in God's image, we know we are at our best when we are human. It is when we sin that we are less than human.
[audio mp3="//www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Memorial-of-Saint-Elizabeth-Ann-Seton-Religious-Christmas-Season-01042018.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today I have to confess that I am not a big fan of shrines for saints. The reason is that when I am at a shrine, it always seems like the saint is someone so "plastic" they could not possibly have been a real person. The shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is not like that. Rather, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is presented as an ordinary person, who quest for God was a response to extraordinary grace.
[audio mp3="https://www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Memorial-of-Saint-John-Neumann-Bishop-Christmas-Season-01052018.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today Love. This word is at the center of the gospel. Without love, little in the gospel makes sense. However, today it is difficult to understand exactly what love is. It has been weakened so much. Love, in popular language, can apply to just about anything. In fact, the way it is used, love can be applied to people or things. But someone once said, we love people, and use things, not the other way around.
[audio mp3="//www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Saturday-Christmas-Weekday-01062018.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today Water and Blood. Baptism and Eucharist. Words in the bible often refer to something other than the obvious. Today is such an example. Water is part of both readings. Whenever we see or read about water, the first thought should be baptism. This is true whether we read about New Testament letters, like today, or stories from the Old Testament. The flood in the book of Genesis points to baptism. The faithful, those who trust in God, are saved.