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Going Behind the Word: What does it mean to deny yourself?

The pathway to happiness and fulfillment is counter intuitive. To find ourselves, we must lose ourselves. It is in giving that we receive. It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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Homily for August 27, 2020

In my ministry as a priest, I have have listened many times to parents who are sad that despite their best efforts, their adult children do not practice the faith. But we need to remember that faith is a gift, and as a gift, must be received by the recipient. Saint Monica today reminds us the prayers of a mother (or a father) are powerful indeed in bringing back an adult son or daughter to faith.

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Mass of the Holy Spirit Homily August 26, 2020

The readings today emphasize the role of the Holy Spirit. We can forget that we have been given all kinds of gifts from the Holy Spirit. And these gifts are designed to help us to grow in holiness by working to build the Kingdom of God. But, sometimes like Saint Peter the challenge can seem to be too great, too big. However, even though the problems we face may be great, the Holy Spirit is greater.

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Homily for August 25, 2020

There is an increasing attention being given to statues in the public square. And while I think this it is good to consider who gets honored with a statue, I also wonder about our expectations for human beings on this earth. Saint Louis, whose feast we celebrate today, lived in the 13th century. He was not a perfect man, but he was pretty darn good. It causes me to think of this question: Is it easier for me to criticize someone else’s behavior than to allow Jesus to facilitate my own conversion?

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Homily for August 24, 2020

“There was no duplicity in him.” What a tremendously wonderful compliment. It seems that if there is a quality that is needed today, it is that we have no duplicity. What would our world be like if we knew we could trust each other because we were genuine and sincere? What would our conversations be like if we did not take the opportunity to insult those with whom we disagreed, or did not share something unless we knew it to be true? What if, heaven forbid, we even realized that we could disagree with someone, but treat them with respect? We will need to summon courage to be sincere. But if we are always a disciple of Jesus, we make it more likely others will believe too.

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