Homily: Do you manifest God’s holiness? (11am)

Homily: Do you manifest God’s holiness? (11am)
DePorres Pages Podcasts

 
 
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There are certain bible stories that at first glance can seem to be difficult. The story of how Moses is denied entry to the Promised Land is one of them for me. He tapped the rock twice, not once. But that was enough. Considering all the Israelites put him through, this seems like a minor infraction. But the reading gives us a clearer view. Moses did not manifest God’s holiness. This Holy Week gives us the ultimate picture of manifesting God’s holiness, for in every instance, that is what Jesus does. The people mentioned in our readings this week face choices. Do they manifest God’s holiness or not? It is the same choice we face during this Holy Week. Do we manifest God’s holiness?

Readings for Today

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on April 13, 2019, in University City, Missouri.

Homily: Do you manifest God’s holiness? (9am)

Homily: Do you manifest God’s holiness? (9am)
DePorres Pages Podcasts

 
 
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There are certain bible stories that at first glance can seem to be difficult. The story of how Moses is denied entry to the Promised Land is one of them for me. He tapped the rock twice, not once. But that was enough. Considering all the Israelites put him through, this seems like a minor infraction. But the reading gives us a clearer view. Moses did not manifest God’s holiness. This Holy Week gives us the ultimate picture of manifesting God’s holiness, for in every instance, that is what Jesus does. The people mentioned in our readings this week face choices. Do they manifest God’s holiness or not? It is the same choice we face during this Holy Week. Do we manifest God’s holiness?

Readings for Today

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on April 13, 2019, in University City, Missouri.

Homily: Do you manifest God’s holiness? (5pm)

Homily: Do you manifest God’s holiness? (5pm)
DePorres Pages Podcasts

 
 
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There are certain bible stories that at first glance can seem to be difficult. The story of how Moses is denied entry to the Promised Land is one of them for me. He tapped the rock twice, not once. But that was enough. Considering all the Israelites put him through, this seems like a minor infraction. But the reading gives us a clearer view. Moses did not manifest God’s holiness. This Holy Week gives us the ultimate picture of manifesting God’s holiness, for in every instance, that is what Jesus does. The people mentioned in our readings this week face choices. Do they manifest God’s holiness or not? It is the same choice we face during this Holy Week. Do we manifest God’s holiness?

Readings for Today

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on April 13, 2019, in University City, Missouri.

Get Ready for Holy Week – Busted Halo

Why do Catholics wave palms on Palm Sunday, wash each other’s feet on Holy Thursday, or kiss the cross on Good Friday? In a BRAND NEW version of classic video by Busted Halo (with a bonus extra minute — because there’s a lot going on this week!), Busted Halo explains the significance of the final week we spend preparing for Easter.

Homily: Go and sin no more (Year C)

Homily: Go and sin no more (Year C)

 
 
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We live in an age where it seems like the most important thing to do. Namely, to find dirt on someone else, especially someone we do not like. We often have already decided what we will believe about someone we do not like. But Jesus always takes us as we are. He always sees what is in our heart. And if the heart desires to turn away from sin, Jesus is always ready with forgiveness. No where is this more evident today than when we go to confession. Society is ready to condemn. Jesus stands ready to forgive.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Saint Cletus Catholic Church in Saint Charles Missouri on April 7, 2019.

Homily: Lazarus Come Out! (Year A)

Homily: Lazarus Come Out! (Year A)
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It is so hard to mourn the loss of someone we love. Even for people of faith who believe in the next life, the dramatic change that a death causes is difficult. We can be filled with sadness, doubt, grief, confusion and anger. It is hard to know what Martha and Mary felt over the death of their brother Lazarus, but there faith is never in question. Martha understands her faith. Jesus helps her to see what believing in him means. Today’s reading for RCIA (Year A) is part of a common theme of the readings which focus on baptism, and our response to God’s call. Will you heed the voice of Jesus and come out from your sinfulness and accept his new life?

Readings for Today

Homily given at Saint Cletus Catholic Church in Saint Charles Missouri on April 7, 2019.

Homily: Why does God allow suffering?

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.

Readings for Today

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

Homily: Why does God allow suffering?

Homily: Why does God allow suffering?
Daily Homilies

 
 
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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.

Readings for Today

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

Readings for Today

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

Homily: Giving Up for Jesus

Homily: Giving Up for Jesus
Daily Homilies

 
 
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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.

Readings for Today


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