Homily: Why does God allow suffering?

Homily: Why does God allow suffering?
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Queen Esther is in an interesting spot in her life. On the one hand, her life has been one of blessing. She has become the Queen. This gives here a good life. On the other hand, her Jewish faith has put her in great danger. In some ways the source of her glory is also a great risk. Yet if Esther had done such great things, why is it that she was made to suffer? Why does she find herself in a place where she pours out her heart to God in desperate pleading? Saint Augustine says there are two reasons for our suffering. The first is that we receive punishment as a consequence of our sinfulness. The second is that suffering occurs in our life to keep us from getting too proud, which could be seen as our greatest threat. And by remaining faithful to God in the midst of our suffering, it is then that we also provide an outspoken witness to others about the power of faith.

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

Homily: Giving Up for Jesus

With the first day of Lent tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, it is a time when people are thinking about what they will do for Lent. It is common practice to make some type of sacrifice during the season. But what to do? The real purpose of Lent is to become closer to Jesus, to become more like him. And so the real purpose of “what do do for Lent” is to do whatever opens us up to become more like Jesus. It is about conversion. The disciples tell Jesus they have given up everything, but not as an example of willpower. No, they have given up everything to follow Jesus. When we think of this Lent, what do we need to do in order to more closely follow Jesus.

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

Homily: Giving Up for Jesus

Homily: Giving Up for Jesus
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With the first day of Lent tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, it is a time when people are thinking about what they will do for Lent. It is common practice to make some type of sacrifice during the season. But what to do? The real purpose of Lent is to become closer to Jesus, to become more like him. And so the real purpose of “what do do for Lent” is to do whatever opens us up to become more like Jesus. It is about conversion. The disciples tell Jesus they have given up everything, but not as an example of willpower. No, they have given up everything to follow Jesus. When we think of this Lent, what do we need to do in order to more closely follow Jesus.

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

Resources for Lent: Featured Website of the Day: Stations of the Cross

Aleteia (aleteia.org) is an online publication distributed in seven languages (English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and, since July 2016, Polish).

The Aleteia site offers a Christian vision of the world by providing general and religious content that is free from ideological influences. It also publishes specialized digital magazines, including one aimed at a female audience called “For Her.”

With some 200,000 subscribers to our newsletter and more than 1.5 million fans on Facebook, Aleteia reaches more than 9 million unique visitors a month.

Since its launch in 2013, the initiative has been supported by the Foundation for Evangelization through the Media (FEM), which began in Rome in 2011. The Foundation was created to promote the Church’s presence in the media and is currently chaired by H.S.H Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein.

In July 2015, the Média-Participations Group became Aleteia’s industrial operator. Média-Participations is a European media group specializing in publishing (with more than 40 publishers), the printing industry (10 magazines), audiovisual production, and websites.

Since then, Aleteia has developed a new editorial strategy focused primarily on information and lifestyle.

Created through the passion and professional expertise of lay Catholics, since its launch Aleteia has been accompanied by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization. In communion with the Church’s Magisterium, Aleteia is open to working with the dicasteries of the Holy See, and also collaborates with bishops conferences and religious orders, congregations and communities, some of which are directly involved in the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Evangelization through the Media (FEM).

To go to these stations of the cross, click here.

Resources for Lent: Featured Website of the Day: Catholic Online

Only Catholic Online, located at www.catholic.org, gives the largest and broadest population of Catholics worldwide easy access to comprehensive, educational and timely information about Catholicism, and provides a range of easy methods to integrate their faith into their daily lives. The mission of Catholic Online (COL) is to accurately represent the Catholic religion: its “past” and present. Today, Catholic Online provides over five million pages of content including the largest online historical and biblical database about the Catholic Church including comprehensive information about over 7,000 Catholic saints and comprehensive online scriptures from all books of the Old and New Testament.

To go to the website, click here.

Resources for Lent – Featured Website of the Day: ChurchPOP (Five Hardcore Things to Give up for Lent)

As the season of Lent approaches, you’ve no doubt given some thought to what you want to give up. Rather than taking the path of least resistance, why not consider going all out and giving up something completely ridiculous this year?

The following fasts may not be for the faint of heart, but for those of you who are willing to try them, you may just find yourselves more disciplined, and better prepared to celebrate the joys of Easter.  Look to see what ChurchPOP suggests as hardcore things to do for Lent by clicking here.

Direction: What do you want to do with your life? Homily for Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Direction: What do you want to do with your life? Homily for Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017
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Direction.  Where are you going?  What are you doing?  What do you want to do with your life? You may not remember these lyrics from Twisted Sister’s song, “We’re not gonna take it”, but I think they provide an interesting thought at the start of Lent.  What is it that you want your life to be about?  What do you want to become?  What are you hoping for in life?

The readings today for Ash Wednesday help us to understand the path to happiness.  The path to happiness is one done first between God and oneself first.  We cannot be concerned about what others think.  Do not appear to be fasting.  Go to your room and pray in silence.  Be generous without seeking approval from others.  Why is there such emphasis in today’s gospel about silence and solitude? Because it is so easy to allow ourselves to seek happiness in a way that depends on what others think about what we do.

It is easier to ignore others if we are surrounded by people we like who do the same.  It is easier to join the “rat race” to wealth when we are in a culture that values such pursuits.  It is easier to seek illicit pleasures like pornography when we are behind the safety of a computer screen, convincing ourselves that “everyone does this” and that since I am behind a screen and not with someone else it does not harm anyone.  It is easy to cast aside other people as “other” when I do not know immigrants, or refugees, or Muslims, or Democrats or Republicans, or blacks, or whites or Hispanics.  It is easier to avoid confronting myself if I keep myself so busy I never have to embrace silence in a noisy world.

The first reading also provides us with the guidance about the purpose of Lent too.  Lent is first about an invitation.  The prophet Joel says, “return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning.”  Why should we do this? For God is “gracious and merciful . . . slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment.”  Regardless of what choices we have made in life, there can be forgiveness from God for the repentant heart.  We can heal brokenness we have caused.  We can heal actions that have used others.

But do not wait.  As Saint Paul reminds us, salvation is offered today.  “Behold, now is a very acceptable time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Resources for Lent – Yikes! Lent starts tomorrow! What do I do?

Over the past few weeks, The DePorres Pages website has been posting things you might consider for this Lent.  This list will continue to be updated over the course of Lent.  One addition will be the Lenten Resource of the Day, a suggestion about what you might do or where you might go for spiritual growth this Lent.

Also, all of the resources for Lent can be accessed by going to the Menu item at the very top of the page, “Resouces for Lent.

Remember that the overall goal of Lent is to become closer to God.  And we know that to be closer to God also means loving our neighbor more.  It seems like People, even me, are just so angry these days.  Remember that the life of faith is about a peace that surpasses understanding.  Hopefully, by focusing on the goals of Lent, prayer, fasting and almsgiving, you will be brought closer to this peace.  Happy Lent!

To access the complete page of Lenten resources, click here.