Homily: Does God get fed up?

Homily: Does God get fed up?
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God certainly appears to be at “the end of his rope”, so to speak. He looks at all the evil in the world, and it seems the human project has not been successful. We too can find times where we get fed up even when the project seemed like such a good idea. Think of those moments when parents get frustrated with the actions of their children. Think of those moments when teachers get fed up with the actions of their students. But God is always loving. He loves us so much. Enough to send his Son to save us. And that is good news indeed.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 14, 2019.

God’s Promise is stronger than our sin

Readings for Today

The words we hear today are particularly harsh. We are described as maggots. Worms. The geography is the desert a place of tremendous extremes. And a look around at our world suggests that maybe life is pretty harsh sometimes. But in the midst of all of this, God does not give up on His people. Even with the harsh description, God still loves this people. He still loves us. And he promises us something really magnificent. He promises salvation. And he gives us the help to accept it.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 14, 2019.

God’s Promise is stronger than our sin

God’s Promise is stronger than our sin
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Readings for Today

The words we hear today are particularly harsh. We are described as maggots. Worms. The geography is the desert a place of tremendous extremes. And a look around at our world suggests that maybe life is pretty harsh sometimes. But in the midst of all of this, God does not give up on His people. Even with the harsh description, God still loves this people. He still loves us. And he promises us something really magnificent. He promises salvation. And he gives us the help to accept it.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 14, 2019.

Angel of God, My Guardian Dear

Angel of God, My Guardian Dear
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Readings for Today

Angel of God, My guardian dear, To Whom His love, Commits me here; Ever this day, Be at my side, To light and guard, To rule and guide. Amen. Many people began (and do begin each day with this prayer). Today we recall the Holy Guardian Angels, a comforting notion that God gives us grace in a variety of ways. God gives it to us directly. And God directs holy angels to watch over us specifically. Think about the power of God’s love! That there is one angel, specifically entrusted to our salvation! Wow! While an angel does not guarantee that we will always do the right thing, an angel does provide a reminder that God does all he can to save us.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 2, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Angel of God, My Guardian Dear

Angel of God, My Guardian Dear
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Readings for Today

Angel of God, My guardian dear, To Whom His love, Commits me here; Ever this day, Be at my side, To light and guard, To rule and guide. Amen. Many people began (and do begin each day with this prayer). Today we recall the Holy Guardian Angels, a comforting notion that God gives us grace in a variety of ways. God gives it to us directly. And God directs holy angels to watch over us specifically. Think about the power of God’s love! That there is one angel, specifically entrusted to our salvation! Wow! While an angel does not guarantee that we will always do the right thing, an angel does provide a reminder that God does all he can to save us.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 2, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Just a little bit of God’s grace can clean a mess

Just a little bit of God’s grace can clean a mess
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Readings for Today

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.

Grace for parents: Ask Sts. Joachim and Ann to pray for you

Grace for parents: Ask Sts. Joachim and Ann to pray for you
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Readings for Today

While I do not know what it is like to be a parent, I was graced to have parents I always knew loved me. The passed on their faith to me, they gave me all I needed, and a lot of what I wanted. And Saints Joachim and Ann, the saints we celebrate today, certainly knew what it meant to create a home of faith. As parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, they instilled in their daughter the belief in God that would takes such root she would not sin and would become the mother of Jesus. So if you are a parent, seek the prayers of Saints Joachim and Ann. And if your relationship with your parents needs healing, then ask them to pray that God send healing into your life.

Homily given at Mercy Hospital, Creve Coeur, Missouri, on July 26, 2018.

Grace for parents: Ask Sts. Joachim and Ann to pray for you

Readings for Today

While I do not know what it is like to be a parent, I was graced to have parents I always knew loved me. The passed on their faith to me, they gave me all I needed, and a lot of what I wanted. And Saints Joachim and Ann, the saints we celebrate today, certainly knew what it meant to create a home of faith. As parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, they instilled in their daughter the belief in God that would takes such root she would not sin and would become the mother of Jesus. So if you are a parent, seek the prayers of Saints Joachim and Ann. And if your relationship with your parents needs healing, then ask them to pray that God send healing into your life.

Homily given at Mercy Hospital, Creve Coeur, Missouri, on July 26, 2018.

Ordinary person, Extraordinary Grace: Homily for Thursday, January 4, 2018

Ordinary person, Extraordinary Grace: Homily for Thursday, January 4, 2018
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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.

This means that we cannot let ourselves off the hook.  We too are called to holiness, and even though we might feel ordinary, we have available to us God’s extraordinary grace.  And if we respond to this grace, we too can become a saint.

The New Road: Homily for Sunday, December 10, 2017

The New Road: Homily for Sunday, December 10, 2017
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I grew up in rural America, and it did not take much for something to get me excited. Life is kind of average and ordinary.  But when I was little, visiting relatives, there was the day I rode on “The New Road.” I had heard relatives talking about it, and there was a great deal of build up to the day it would actually be open for people to use. It was a four lane divided road that was an upgrade from the small, cracked road that served as the US route before. The level of excitement as we awaited its opening was amazing.

And when it did open, it was amazing.  It was smooth.  And big.  Because of the road’s width, there was a better view of the landscape. Because of the road, a driver could go faster. It did not matter that what the “New Road” was for a while was really a divided highway that only went a few miles. In fact, the original length of the road is only one exit to the next today, as the road has been expanded. But the smoothness of the road, the beauty of the view, and the speed of the vehicle made it all worthwhile. So when the image of rough ways becoming smooth comes up in the Advent readings, I think of the “New Road” because it is a suitable image of the excitement of saying yes to God.