April 21, 2019 Easter Sunday Homily

When Adam and Eve turned from God they turned also from their own inner self as well as from each other. We could say they found themselves in dis-grace. Their destiny to return to God could now no longer be accomplished. They, and we, were doomed to live in a...

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April 20, 2019 Easter Vigil Homily

The truths of our faith are as startling as they are simple. What, for example, is there not to understand about the foundational truth: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth or: God fashioned man of dust from the soil? Theologians may debate the finer details and...

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April 18, 2019 Holy Thursday Homily

Our celebration tonight is very joyful. We remember the Last Supper in a particular way and we remember Jesus giving us the Eucharist during the Last Supper, his Body and Blood, and giving us the priesthood during the Last Supper so that we can continue to have Jesus present in...

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April 14, 2019 Palm Sunday Homily

In today’s world there is suffering everywhere, especially on our TV screens, and we have learned to close our senses to most of it. Our hearts remain unmoved by all but the tiny proportion, which occasionally manages to get under our guard. Isaiah, the prophet, on the other hand, describes...

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April 7, 2019 Fifth Sunday of Lent Homily

Who remembers last Sunday’s Gospel? Of course, you do, it was the parable of the prodigal son. This week’s Gospel is remarkably similar, the story of a woman caught in the act of adultery. Each Gospel presents a sinner – a bad sinner. A son who insults his father by...

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March 31, 2019 Fourth Sunday of Lent Homily

The Gospel reading this week includes one of Jesus’ greatest parables.  It contains many themes and images that represent what this season of Lent is all about. That of “hope, mercy and love.” The Parable of the Prodigal Son opens with “tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to...

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March 24, 2019 Third Sunday of Lent Homily

In our newspapers we read of disasters and watch catastrophes on television. And we deal with painful tragedies in the lives of our friends and loved ones, and ask: “Where is God?”, “How can God allow these things to go on?” It is implicitly the question put to Jesus in...

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March 17, 2019 Second Sunday of Lent Homily

What a grace for Peter and James and John to see Jesus transfigured. They got a preview of the glory of Jesus risen from the dead and his glory in heaven. It was also a preview of the glory we all hope to share in heaven. It was not the...

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March 10, 2019 First Sunday of Lent Homily

Oscar Wilde was a much-celebrated Anglo-Irish literary figure, very witty… and very worldly. He once wrote: “I can resist everything but temptation.” He lived in total self-indulgence, ridiculed Victorian moral norms, and died in Paris of meningitis in the year 1900. His view of life aptly ushered in the 20th...

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March 6, 2019 Ash Wednesday Homily

Today we are entering a new Season, one of penance and sacrifices. Together, we have gathered here to celebrate “Ash Wednesday,” the first of forty days of the Lenten Season that precedes Easter. On this special occasion, we are called to be reconciled to God. Through the sacramental of ashes...

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