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.

The Pain for Parents: When a child does not practice the faith

Readings for Today

For some, it is a deeply painful experience where God did not appear to answer a prayer. For some, it is the lack of a compelling reason to believe in God. For others, it is disagreement with one Church teaching or another. These were the three reasons given by a recent study done by Saint Mary’s Press on why some young people are disaffiliated with the Church.  In my ministry, I am not sure there are many more painful ongoing realities than a parent who has adult children who do not practice their faith. Today’s homily invites each of us to enter into the importance of gospel witness.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, on July 12, 2018
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The Pain for Parents: When a child does not practice the faith

The Pain for Parents: When a child does not practice the faith
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Readings for Today

For some, it is a deeply painful experience where God did not appear to answer a prayer. For some, it is the lack of a compelling reason to believe in God. For others, it is disagreement with one Church teaching or another. These were the three reasons given by a recent study done by Saint Mary’s Press on why some young people are disaffiliated with the Church.  In my ministry, I am not sure there are many more painful ongoing realities than a parent who has adult children who do not practice their faith. Today’s homily invites each of us to enter into the importance of gospel witness.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, on July 12, 2018
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Homily for Saturday, July 26, 2014

Readings for Today

This day holds a special importance for me, not because I have a particularly strong devotion to St. Joachim and Ann, but because today is my mother’s birthday.  Since I have been a priest, this day has caused me to think about the role of parenthood in developing a saint.  and because I think my mother on this day, I think of her mother, grandmother. I can’t help but think about how faith gets passed on from one generation to the next.

I parents are both active, practicing Catholics. For both of them, handing on Catholic faith to me and my brother, was an important priority. Sundays were particularly special and important days.  Sundays were days for family, and were often spent in the company of relatives. On this morning, my father made brunch, and we read the newspaper as a family. When I mentioned this to kids today, they think I’m a little bit crazy. While that may be true, what was most important is that the entire day was an event for God. We went to mass, and we ate together as a family, and we celebrated as a family, because that was the most tangible way our family lived out vocation.

My memories of Sundays, which we shared as a family, are deep and rich. I am most grateful for the memories of the time I spent with my family and my relatives. It is giving me a rich understanding and experience that I could not have received in any other way.

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Homily for Thursday, July 10, 2014

Readings for Today

You cannot make someone love you. One of the most painful realities of human existence, is when a person finds they love someone who does not love them. In the most difficult of these situations, the person in love seeks to do whatever it takes to make the other love them. It is painful and it is challenging.

Today’s readings remind us of the same is true for God. Only with God, it is that he chooses not to make us love him, but rather gives us the powerfully loving ability to reject him. It can be difficult for us to witness, because if you’re like me, there are times you wonder why God does not act more forcefully or powerfully. In this respect of the ultimate freedom God gives us, is sometimes used to demonstrate that there is no God.

Even though God gives us ultimate freedom, God never stops loving us.  This is true even if we choose to do the most evil of things.  God does truly love the sinner and hate the sin.  This can be hard for us to understand and accept. I suspect somewhere in our heart is a desire that God will help us to get even. But God’s justice is not ours.

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