We begin a New Day! (9am)

Readings for Today

In education, endings and beginnings are really important. Today we begin a new season in the Church, the first one of a new liturgical year. When starting a lesson, teachers seek to provide an overview of what they will be doing. During Advent, we are given a time by the Church to think about what we need to do to improve our spiritual life. All goals should have a simple goal: to become closer to Jesus.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on March 10, 2019.

We begin a New Day!

Readings for Today

In education, endings and beginnings are really important. Today we begin a new season in the Church, the first one of a new liturgical year. When starting a lesson, teachers seek to provide an overview of what they will be doing. During Advent, we are given a time by the Church to think about what we need to do to improve our spiritual life. All goals should have a simple goal: to become closer to Jesus.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 26, 2019.

Admire or Follow?

Readings for Today

Soren Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher and theologian, was known for asking just how seriously people, Christians, took their faith. He asked, “Do we admire Jesus, or follow Jesus?” In other words, do we just see Jesus as a magnificent hero, but not someone we might have to imitate in our own lives, or is it the case that we really follow Jesus, living our own lives just as Jesus did. It is certainly not a pointless question. This Advent season is a good time to reflect on just how seriously we take our relationship with Jesus.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on March 10, 2019.

Admire or Follow?

Admire or Follow?
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Readings for Today

Soren Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher and theologian, was known for asking just how seriously people, Christians, took their faith. He asked, “Do we admire Jesus, or follow Jesus?” In other words, do we just see Jesus as a magnificent hero, but not someone we might have to imitate in our own lives, or is it the case that we really follow Jesus, living our own lives just as Jesus did. It is certainly not a pointless question. This Advent season is a good time to reflect on just how seriously we take our relationship with Jesus.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on March 10, 2019.

A Dominican Season

Readings for Today

At the risk of irritating other religious orders, I think Advent is really a Dominican season. The readings today remind us of the spiritual cycle of a preacher. First, there is the attention to the presence of God in contemplation. We do not control what happens in contemplation, God does. I think this is why it is sometimes difficult. What do we do next? With whatever fruits God wishes to give us, we share those with others in our sacred preaching. Have a holy Advent.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, on December 15, 2018.

A Dominican Season

A Dominican Season
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Readings for Today

At the risk of irritating other religious orders, I think Advent is really a Dominican season. The readings today remind us of the spiritual cycle of a preacher. First, there is the attention to the presence of God in contemplation. We do not control what happens in contemplation, God does. I think this is why it is sometimes difficult. What do we do next? With whatever fruits God wishes to give us, we share those with others in our sacred preaching. Have a holy Advent.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, on December 15, 2018.

We begin a New Day! (11am)

Readings for Today

In education, endings and beginnings are really important. Today we begin a new season in the Church, the first one of a new liturgical year. When starting a lesson, teachers seek to provide an overview of what they will be doing. During Advent, we are given a time by the Church to think about what we need to do to improve our spiritual life. All goals should have a simple goal: to become closer to Jesus.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on March 10, 2019.

We begin a New Day! (11am)

We begin a New Day! (11am)
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Readings for Today

In education, endings and beginnings are really important. Today we begin a new season in the Church, the first one of a new liturgical year. When starting a lesson, teachers seek to provide an overview of what they will be doing. During Advent, we are given a time by the Church to think about what we need to do to improve our spiritual life. All goals should have a simple goal: to become closer to Jesus.

Homily recorded at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri on March 10, 2019.

We begin a New Day!

We begin a New Day!
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Readings for Today

In education, endings and beginnings are really important. Today we begin a new season in the Church, the first one of a new liturgical year. When starting a lesson, teachers seek to provide an overview of what they will be doing. During Advent, we are given a time by the Church to think about what we need to do to improve our spiritual life. All goals should have a simple goal: to become closer to Jesus.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 26, 2019.

God or balloons – what do you see?: Homily for Sunday, December 3, 2017

God or balloons – what do you see?: Homily for Sunday, December 3, 2017
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I recently saw a video online from one of my former students.  She has two little girls.  She and her husband were filming the girls as they ran out of the house to see what was different about a small house built in the back yard. Obviously, the parents were hoping the girls would get excited for the arrival of their elves on the shelf, which they had from last year. Now the girls were excited.  About the balloons on the top of the house.  Not about the elves, or the presents on the ledge of the small backyard house. Now I am sure they did eventually, and will continue to get excited about their elves.  But they started so distracted.  They loved the balloons, but missed the elves.

In a way, we can be like that too, especially with the season of Advent.  We can get distracted by tinsel, and glitter, and sales and gifts and presents.  We can focus too much on what we have to do, so that the season of Advent becomes simply one big long list of stressful things on a to-do list. But these things are the balloons on the house.  They are not the center piece.  They are not the priority. If we are not careful this Advent, we could miss the “reason for the season.” We could find our hearts and souls are not ready to receive Jesus this Christmas.

The first reading served as inspiration for the song, “Redeemer, Lord” written by John Foley, SJ.  I find it quite reflective and a great way to pray on this first Sunday of Advent, so I have added a YouTube clip below..