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Running the Race to Heaven

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C Jerimiah 38:4-6, 8-10; Psalm 40:2, 3, 4, 18; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53 My homily at the 8:30 & 11:00 Masses at Our Lady of Fatima Sunday, August 18, 2019 Audio Recording In today’s second reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, the author compares following Christ to running a race, so those …

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Condemn the Sin, Not the Sinner

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Fifth Sunday of Lent (C) My homily at the 5:00 Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Saturday, April 6, 2019 Audio Recording I suspect we are all familiar with the phrase, “Condemn the sin, not the sinner,” or “Hate the sin, but don’t hate the sinner.” Today’s gospel provides the perfect example of how this was the principle Jesus employed …

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God Blesses our Effort with His Peace

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Second Sunday of Lent Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18; Psalm 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14; Philippians 3:17—4:1; Luke 9:28B-36 My homily at the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses at Our Lady of Fatima Sunday, March 17, 2019 Audio Recording Lent is period of 40 days where we are called to amp up three practices in our daily lives: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Today I’d like …

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Homily: The Vatican Summit

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Homily for the 6th Wednesday in Ordinary Time Our Lady of Fatima – 8:00 Mass February 20, 2019 As Catholics everywhere await the start of the Feb. 21-24 Vatican summit on the clergy sex-abuse crisis, the National Catholic Register has assembled a special symposium in support of the stated desire of the Holy Father and the bishops of the United …

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The Reality of the Resurrection

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeremiah 17:5-8; Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6; 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20; Luke 6:17, 20-26 My homily at the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses at Our Lady of Fatima Sunday, February 17, 2019 Audio Recording Today St. Paul speaks to us in the second reading of the historical reality of Christ’s resurrection. His resurrection from the …

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Holiness is Found in the Ordinary

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Homily at Communion Service – 5th Wednesday in Ordinary Time Mark 6:1-6 Our Lady of Fatima – February 6, 2019 No audio recording today. In today’s gospel reading Jesus returns to his hometown and is rejected by his friends and neighbors. There are two lessons we can take from today’s reading. The first is the obvious: “familiarity breeds contempt.” How often …

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Faith in Action is Risky Business

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Homily at Communion Service – 4th Tuesday in Ordinary Time Mark 5:21-43 Our Lady of Fatima – February 5, 2019 No audio recording today. Mark is known for his use of INTERCALATION, a literary strategy also know as a “sandwich construction”, where two stories are wound together to demonstrate a common theme Today’s intercalated passage contains the stories of Jesus healing …