If you build it

Readings for Today

I am amazed at the vision and skill of architects. When I was president of a high school, there was an addition built on the school. Looking at the empty space above the existing building where the addition was to go, I simply could not imagine what I was told would be there. I saw empty space. But an architect saw a new building addition.

Just as I had difficulty seeing what a talented architect could make, in the spiritual life it can be difficult to see the plan that God has for each one of us. The readings of the book of Daniel reflect the work of an architect who knows hope and eternal life when all we can see is gloom and darkness. As we end the Church year, still living in a world of all kinds of darkness, we are called to remember all that the divine architect can do for us.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri, on November 17, 2018.

If you build it

If you build it
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Readings for Today

I am amazed at the vision and skill of architects. When I was president of a high school, there was an addition built on the school. Looking at the empty space above the existing building where the addition was to go, I simply could not imagine what I was told would be there. I saw empty space. But an architect saw a new building addition.

Just as I had difficulty seeing what a talented architect could make, in the spiritual life it can be difficult to see the plan that God has for each one of us. The readings of the book of Daniel reflect the work of an architect who knows hope and eternal life when all we can see is gloom and darkness. As we end the Church year, still living in a world of all kinds of darkness, we are called to remember all that the divine architect can do for us.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, Missouri, on November 17, 2018.

Be on Team Jesus (11:30)

Be on Team Jesus (11:30)
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It is easy to get a rise in Saint Louis. Simply mention the Cubs. Or the Red Sox. Or the Patriots. In the United States, emotions are easy to see in more important ways too. Judge Kavanaugh. Dr. Blasey. Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton. Republicans. Democrats. Pope Benedict. Pope Francis. We like to be on one team, and call the other team evil. Or stupid. Or crazy. But is there really any other team more important than being on Team Jesus?

Homily given at Saints Joachim and Ann, St. Charles, Missouri, on September 30, 2018.
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Be on Team Jesus (9:30)

Be on Team Jesus (9:30)
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It is easy to get a rise in Saint Louis. Simply mention the Cubs. Or the Red Sox. Or the Patriots. In the United States, emotions are easy to see in more important ways too. Judge Kavanaugh. Dr. Blasey. Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton. Republicans. Democrats. Pope Benedict. Pope Francis. We like to be on one team, and call the other team evil. Or stupid. Or crazy. But is there really any other team more important than being on Team Jesus?

Homily given at Saints Joachim and Ann, St. Charles, Missouri, on September 30, 2018.
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Be on Team Jesus (11:30)

Be on Team Jesus (11:30)
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Readings for Today

It is easy to get a rise in Saint Louis. Simply mention the Cubs. Or the Red Sox. Or the Patriots. In the United States, emotions are easy to see in more important ways too. Judge Kavanaugh. Dr. Blasey. Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton. Republicans. Democrats. Pope Benedict. Pope Francis. We like to be on one team, and call the other team evil. Or stupid. Or crazy. But is there really any other team more important than being on Team Jesus?

Homily given at Saints Joachim and Ann, St. Charles, Missouri, on September 30, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Be on Team Jesus (9:30)

Readings for Today

It is easy to get a rise in Saint Louis. Simply mention the Cubs. Or the Red Sox. Or the Patriots. In the United States, emotions are easy to see in more important ways too. Judge Kavanaugh. Dr. Blasey. Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton. Republicans. Democrats. Pope Benedict. Pope Francis. We like to be on one team, and call the other team evil. Or stupid. Or crazy. But is there really any other team more important than being on Team Jesus?

Homily given at Saints Joachim and Ann, St. Charles, Missouri, on September 30, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Peace begins with God

Peace begins with God
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Some kids walk to school dodging landmines. In some parts of the world, parents are so desperate for their children’s safety, they will risk everything, taking a chance they can arrive in a better country. Some live in homes with domestic violence, sexual abuse and poverty. Others have struggles and stresses they keep hidden. While there is a popular religious song, “Let Peace Begin with Me”, in truth peace begins with God. The “peace which passes understanding” is the gift from Jesus that makes all peace possible.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 27, 2018.
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Peace begins with God

Peace begins with God
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Readings for Today

Some kids walk to school dodging landmines. In some parts of the world, parents are so desperate for their children’s safety, they will risk everything, taking a chance they can arrive in a better country. Some live in homes with domestic violence, sexual abuse and poverty. Others have struggles and stresses they keep hidden. While there is a popular religious song, “Let Peace Begin with Me”, in truth peace begins with God. The “peace which passes understanding” is the gift from Jesus that makes all peace possible.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 27, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

What’s in your jar?

What’s in your jar?
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It is easy to identify with the two characters in today’s gospel. I find that all too often I am like Simon, who cannot see past the woman’s sinfulness. I think too often it can be the case that I have already made up a judgement about another person, and then find all the evidence I need to see in their behavior what I have already decided, whether it is there or not. But I know I need to be more like the woman, paying attention to the jar I bring, filled with my own sinfulness, and make it, as she did, a sign of God’s abundant mercy. What do you bring to the Lord? And what do you want God to do with it?

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 20, 2018.
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What’s in your jar?

What’s in your jar?
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Readings for Today

It is easy to identify with the two characters in today’s gospel. I find that all too often I am like Simon, who cannot see past the woman’s sinfulness. I think too often it can be the case that I have already made up a judgement about another person, and then find all the evidence I need to see in their behavior what I have already decided, whether it is there or not. But I know I need to be more like the woman, paying attention to the jar I bring, filled with my own sinfulness, and make it, as she did, a sign of God’s abundant mercy. What do you bring to the Lord? And what do you want God to do with it?

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 20, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.