Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Truth is quite often really unwelcome. Those who oppose the truth will usually do whatever they can to silence it. That has always been so, and perhaps it always will be so. The ancient Israelites were often guilty of murdering the prophets, because the truth that the prophets proclaimed was too difficult for… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Have you ever felt like you were in deep water? Have you taken on a project that seemed simple enough until you got into it and then you wondered what got you into this mess in the first place? Those of you who are parents, when you have had a particularly rough day,… Continue reading Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

St. Thomas the Apostle

Today's readings  "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe." Thomas sometimes gets a bad rap for having said that, but if we're honest, I think most of us can understand Thomas's hesitation to believe,… Continue reading St. Thomas the Apostle

12th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Caritas Christi Urget Nos

This was my first homily at my new assignment, St. Raphael. So there’s a bit more about me in here than I’d usually go for, but the nice part is that it fit in so well with the readings. In the Deacon Chapel at Mundelein Seminary, the institution where I spent the last five years,… Continue reading 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Caritas Christi Urget Nos

Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

http://www.usccb.org/nab/110605.htm I should begin with at least an acknowledgement that this reflection is late. That had something to do with getting ordained to the diaconate on Friday, preaching on Saturday, and baptizing my niece on Sunday. More on all of that later. But when I preached on Saturday, I preached on this very text. So… Continue reading Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

http://www.usccb.org/nab/090405.htm If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Conflict is one of the hardest things for me. When I am presented with an issue of conflict, my own Irish Catholic heritage says, “we shall never speak of this again.” For me, being silent in the face of conflict is a way of… Continue reading 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fear: The Beheading of John the Baptist

http://www.usccb.org/nab/082905.htm Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody. I wonder if we would have any martyrs in the Church at all if it were not for fear. Today we celebrate — yes, celebrate — the beheading of St. John the Baptist. Like all martyr’s feasts,… Continue reading Fear: The Beheading of John the Baptist

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