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
Daily Homilies

 
 
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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.

Go Towards the Light

Go Towards the Light
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Readings for Today

There can be an interesting tendency in human life to go to the “dark place” when we face a challenge or problem. If we are not feeling well, and the doctor says more tests are needed, we immediately can think we are dying. If we have a test or difficult project coming up, we can imagine we will fail. If we react poorly to a situation, we can think we have no talents. And yet today’s first reading challenges us to think about love. Regardless of what we are doing, we must love. Imagine what we could do if we loved. Everything begins with God’s love for us. From that we need to love ourselves, and to use that love to love others. Make your challenge to “Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.”

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 19, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Saint Augustine – A reminder of hope

Saint Augustine – A reminder of hope
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Readings for Today

So much of what happens in our lives is about finding what is important. What things are we going to prioritize? In whom will we trust? Which persons will get our time? What endeavors will receive energy and attention? Reading the life of Saint Augustine informs us that he changed completely his priorities. Living a selfish, sense-filled life led to unhappiness. Developing a relationship with God led to fulfillment. If you feel your life is not on track, Saint Augustine might be the reminder that we have reason to hope. God forgives our sins. God stills our heart. God reaches out to us over and over again, allowing us to rest in God.

Saint Augustine – A reminder of hope

Saint Augustine – A reminder of hope
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So much of what happens in our lives is about finding what is important. What things are we going to prioritize? In whom will we trust? Which persons will get our time? What endeavors will receive energy and attention? Reading the life of Saint Augustine informs us that he changed completely his priorities. Living a selfish, sense-filled life led to unhappiness. Developing a relationship with God led to fulfillment. If you feel your life is not on track, Saint Augustine might be the reminder that we have reason to hope. God forgives our sins. God stills our heart. God reaches out to us over and over again, allowing us to rest in God.

Evil can be strong, but God’s love and mercy is stronger

Readings for Today

(Homilies given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, MO, on June 30 and July 1, 2018.)

It is no secret we live in a broken world. We are surrounded by violence. People are suffering unjustly. Children are separated from the parents. There is family brokenness. And we sin. But despite all of this, the love and mercy and forgiveness of Jesus is stronger. It can heal. It can raise people from the dead. And if we accept this in faith, we can live forever.

US Bishops launch new marriage website

WASHINGTON—In conjunction with the start of National Marriage Week USA, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is pleased to announce the launch of a new mobile responsive ForYourMarriage.org website on February 7, 2018.

Originally launched in 2007, ForYourMarriage.org is an initiative of the USCCB that began as the communications component of the National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage. It continues to play a key role in advancing the USCCB’s priority on marriage and family.

Thanks to a grant received from the Catholic Communication Campaign, the new website, developed in collaboration with Crosby Communications and Marketing, includes updated content, graphics, and a new section dedicated to marriage and family ministry leaders.

“I hope this new platform will reach many more people with the message of God’s plan for marriage and be a source of support to husbands and wives at every stage of their vocational journey,” said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap, of Philadelphia, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

ForYourMarriage.org offers numerous resources on the meaning and beauty of marriage in God’s plan and provides support to couples at every stage of their journey. There are sections dedicated to dating, marriage preparation, mixed marriages, parenting and family, natural family planning, the stages of marriage, among others. A marriage resource section offers daily marriage tips, marriage help and support links, and solutions to common challenges. Finally, questions specific to planning a Catholic wedding as well as related Church documents and teachings are available on the website.

Along with these resources, the website features couples who write about their real-life experiences as engaged, newlyweds, or seasoned couples with weekly blog posts. Feature articles include book reviews, reports on current events and research related to marriage, and recent teachings about marriage and family life from the Holy Father.

Other websites hosted by the USCCB and dedicated to promoting marriage include PorTuMatrimonio.org and MarriageUniqueForAReason.org.

It all has to do with love: Homily for Friday, January 5, 2018

It all has to do with love: Homily for Friday, January 5, 2018
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Readings for Today

Love.  This word is at the center of the gospel.  Without love, little in the gospel makes sense.  However, today it is difficult to understand exactly what love is. It has been weakened so much.  Love, in popular language, can apply to just about anything.  In fact, the way it is used, love can be applied to people or things.  But someone once said, we love people, and use things, not the other way around.

At the heart of any ministry there is the call to love.  But not a sugary sweet love, but one that really challenges.  The gospel sees love as the way we are fulfilled, because God is love.

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.

Knowing your persepective: Homily for Thanksgiving, November 23, 2017

Readings for Today

So much of our lives revolves around how we see things.  Our perspective on life makes all the difference.  Are we optimistic? Sad? Do you seek the good in others? Do you mistrust everyone? Is God loving or judgmental? Do we trust God or doubt? Questions like these, and others, have a lot to do with how it is we see life.

Today’s gospel shows how easy it is to miss what is really important.  Nine are cured of leprosy, and for whatever reason, they cannot go back to thank Jesus.  Maybe they were too excited to see family.  Maybe the wonder of life returning to normal was too distracting.  For whatever reason, it was only one who said thank-you to Jesus. Being grateful for what we have makes it more likely we see other reasons to be thankful.  Give thanks to God today. You will find more blessings than you knew you had.