What God Wants

What God Wants
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Mother Theresa is known to have said that sin is wanting for ourselves something that God does not want for us. This quote does not simply refer to wanting something sinful. In fact, it can also refer to wanting a spiritual gift that God does not give us. It can frustrate us. It can make us jealous of others who have this gift. But any gift that God wants us to have is only good to the degree it leads us into deeper relationship with God.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, on October 6, 2018.
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Want what God wants

Readings for Today

Mother Theresa is known to have said that sin is wanting for ourselves something that God does not want for us. This quote does not simply refer to wanting something sinful. In fact, it can also refer to wanting a spiritual gift that God does not give us. It can frustrate us. It can make us jealous of others who have this gift. But any gift that God wants us to have is only good to the degree it leads us into deeper relationship with God.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, on October 6, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

What’s in your jar?

What’s in your jar?
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Readings for Today

It is easy to identify with the two characters in today’s gospel. I find that all too often I am like Simon, who cannot see past the woman’s sinfulness. I think too often it can be the case that I have already made up a judgement about another person, and then find all the evidence I need to see in their behavior what I have already decided, whether it is there or not. But I know I need to be more like the woman, paying attention to the jar I bring, filled with my own sinfulness, and make it, as she did, a sign of God’s abundant mercy. What do you bring to the Lord? And what do you want God to do with it?

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 20, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

What’s in your jar?

What’s in your jar?
Daily Homilies

 
 
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Readings for Today

It is easy to identify with the two characters in today’s gospel. I find that all too often I am like Simon, who cannot see past the woman’s sinfulness. I think too often it can be the case that I have already made up a judgement about another person, and then find all the evidence I need to see in their behavior what I have already decided, whether it is there or not. But I know I need to be more like the woman, paying attention to the jar I bring, filled with my own sinfulness, and make it, as she did, a sign of God’s abundant mercy. What do you bring to the Lord? And what do you want God to do with it?

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on September 20, 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.

To be a good shepherd do penance

To be a good shepherd do penance
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Readings for Today

There is a tremendous responsibility given to any leader. Leadership is not simply the case of giving orders. It is far more important than that. It is about providing the example that inspire others to follow. And, when a leader fails, it is about having the courage to admit wrongdoing, and doing something so that words do not ring hollow, but represent a desire to make up for sin. Fridays are traditionally days when penance is done, so today is a good day to do what it takes to repent.

Homily given at Saint Dominic’s Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, on July 27, 2018
Photo courtesy Pixabay.

To be a good shepherd do penance

To be a good shepherd do penance
Daily Homilies

 
 
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Readings for Today

There is a tremendous responsibility given to any leader. Leadership is not simply the case of giving orders. It is far more important than that. It is about providing the example that inspire others to follow. And, when a leader fails, it is about having the courage to admit wrongdoing, and doing something so that words do not ring hollow, but represent a desire to make up for sin. Fridays are traditionally days when penance is done, so today is a good day to do what it takes to repent.

Homily given at Saint Dominic’s Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, on July 27, 2018
Photo courtesy Pixabay.

Do you believe in God’s mercy and forgiveness?

Today the Church starts readings from the book of Hosea, a wonderful testimony to God’s forgiveness and mercy. You may have heard the phrase, “God is rich in mercy.” But have you considered what that means for you personally? Do you allow yourself to experience that mercy and forgiveness? Do you take the time to find that mercy and forgiveness when God is ready to offer it to you? Can you allow God to change your heart to turn away from sin and to experience the love of God?

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri on July 9, 2018
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Do you believe in God’s mercy and forgiveness?

Do you believe in God’s mercy and forgiveness?
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Readings for Today

Today the Church starts readings from the book of Hosea, a wonderful testimony to God’s forgiveness and mercy. You may have heard the phrase, “God is rich in mercy.” But have you considered what that means for you personally? Do you allow yourself to experience that mercy and forgiveness? Do you take the time to find that mercy and forgiveness when God is ready to offer it to you? Can you allow God to change your heart to turn away from sin and to experience the love of God?

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri on July 9, 2018
Image courtesy Pixabay

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.