Ash Wednesday

http://www.usccb.org/nab/030106.shtml Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. One of the ministry things I have been involved in during my time in seminary is as a fire chaplain. I work for one of the local fire departments, and sometimes go to the scenes of ambulance calls or fires.… Continue reading Ash Wednesday

Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time: Bringing Friends to Jesus

http://www.usccb.org/nab/021906.shtml This was my homily for yesterday. It had a lot to do with the topic of friendship and how God is incarnate in our friends — that’s just been on my mind and heart a lot lately, and this Gospel just really spoke to that. I can hardly believe it but we’re just now… Continue reading Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time: Bringing Friends to Jesus

The Nature of Friendship

One of my courses this quarter is called “Friendship and the Moral Life.” I just turned in the final paper for the class, and the introduction to the paper was a reflection on friendships in my life. I thought that those three paragraphs were worth blogging about… One of my great concerns about coming to… Continue reading The Nature of Friendship

What age do you act?

http://www.blogthings.com/whatagequiz/ Well, people always tell me I don’t look my age. I always say it’s because I never act my age. Now I have proof: ***You Are 24 Years Old*** Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view – and you look at the world with awe. 13-19:… Continue reading What age do you act?

Healing the Church

This entry concerns the most recent allegations of sexual abuse in my diocese and, more directly, the issue of an unsealed deposition made by my bishop. Last week we read a letter from the Bishop at all Masses. Following that, Chuck Goudie — a Catholic living in my diocese — published a column in the… Continue reading Healing the Church

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Be Made Clean

http://www.usccb.org/nab/021206.shtml Well, I didn’t preach this week, but some things came to me as I prayed through the scriptures this weekend. First, the leper in the Gospel was clearly a man of faith. “If you will it, you can make me clean.” There is no hesitation there; he knows that Jesus can heal him. Whether… Continue reading Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Be Made Clean

Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time: The Meaning of Suffering

http://www.usccb.org/nab/020506.shtml My homily today was shortened a bit from the original. We had a letter to read from the bishop. So this is the homily as I actually preached it: Today’s Gospel once again shows Jesus curing people and casting out demons. People were naturally amazed at his ability to alleviate suffering and flocked to… Continue reading Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time: The Meaning of Suffering