Three Keys for Living Our Christian Faith Well

Three Keys for Living Our Christian Faith Well

A Homily for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday, July 9, 2023 Holy Ghost Church – 10:00 Mass Zechariah 9:9-10; Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14; Romans 8:9, 11-13; Matthew 11:25-30 Audio Recording   Today’s gospel reading gives us three important keys of our faith to reflect upon and put into practice. The first is that God hides the deepest truths from the wise - or we might say...

The Holy Trinity is Revealed as Love

The Holy Trinity is Revealed as Love

A Homily for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Sunday, June 4, 2023 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 Mass Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9; Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; John 3:16-18 Audio Recording   Today is Trinity Sunday, the day when Mother Church asks us to contemplate what is perhaps the most difficult idea of our faith. My hope is that I will be able to help us all connect...

The Hidden Christ

The Hidden Christ

A Homily for the Third Sunday of Easter Sunday, April 23, 2023 Holy Ghost Church – 5:00 Mass Acts 2:14, 22-33; Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11; 1 Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35 Audio Recording   In today’s gospel, after his resurrection, Jesus joins two of his disciples on the road as they make the long seven mile walk from Jerusalem to their home village of Emmaus. When Jesus asks them what...

Nefarious Movie

Nefarious Movie

Recently I've been inspired to learn more about the reality of spiritual warfare and particularly about the nature of exorcisms. One of my new favorite podcasts, "U.S. Grace Force", featured Fr. Carlos Martins in January, where I learned about his podcast called "The Exorcist Files." In this podcast Fr. Martins re-enacts and discusses many of the real case files from exorcisms he has been...

Spiritual Blindness

Spiritual Blindness

A Homily for the Fourth Sunday in Lent Sunday, March 19, 2023 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 Mass 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Psalm 23: 1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6; Ephesians Eph 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 Audio Recording   Today’s gospel is a long one, isn’t it? There’s a lot going on here. It’s MUCH MORE than a story of a PHYSICAL MIRACLE of Jesus giving a blind man his sight. It’s about how all of us need to...

Indulgences

Indulgences

Indulgences are one of the most misunderstood and controversial teachings of the Church, but they are also a great gift of God's mercy and grace. The Church came under fire in the early 1500's for its abuse and selling of indulgences. This was one of the major issues Martin Luther had with the Church, which he described in his Ninety-five Theses, considered to be a primary impetus of the...

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Homily for Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Lent, Cycle A Tuesday, March 14, 2023 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 Mass Daniel 3:25, 34-43; Psalm 25:4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9; Matthew 18:21-35 Audio Recording   In today’s gospel Peter asks Jesus how many times he should forgive his brother. Jesus gives a short answer, telling a parable to make sure his answer is understood. In the parable God is the king,...

Being Holy and Perfect

Being Holy and Perfect

A Homily for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday,February 19, 2023 Holy Ghost Church – 10:00 Mass Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:38-48 Audio Recording   Video Recording Can you believe that Lent begins this Wednesday?! That’s right, Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of this annual season of repentance and...

All Will Be Revealed

All Will Be Revealed

Homily for Thursday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time, Cycle A Thursday, January 26, 2023 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 Mass 2 Timothy 1:1-8; Psalm 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 10; Mark 4:21-25 Audio Recording   Every day before Mass Fr. Bill prays the following prayer with the deacons and altar servers: Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are...

Mastodon: What and Why?

Mastodon: What and Why?

I've been on Twitter since 2007, although for the past few years I've had very little to do with this social media site. Why? Well let's just say that I became so disillusioned by all of the toxic tweets on the platform. Twitter also uses algorithms to determine who sees what. As such, I'm quite sure that many of my 1,200+ followers rarely saw my tweets. And the ads! It seemed as though...

Emmanuel

Emmanuel

A Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 18, 2022 Holy Ghost Church – 5:00 Mass Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24 Audio Recording   As they say in the Philippines, “Advance Merry Christmas!” The Christian people of the Philippines, approximately 80% of their population, recognize during the season of Advent that Christmas is coming soon,...

Prepare!

Prepare!

A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent Sunday, November 27, 2022 Holy Ghost Church – 5:00 Mass Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122: 1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44 Audio Recording   Today is the first Sunday of Advent, which is also the first Sunday of a new liturgical year for the Church.  A time of new beginnings as we turn our attention to the coming of our Lord and...

The Kingdom of God: Already, But Not Yet

The Kingdom of God: Already, But Not Yet

Homily for Thursday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time, Cycle C Thursday, November 10, 2022 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 Mass Philemon 7-20; Psalm 146:7, 8-9A, 9BC-10; Luke 17:20-25   When will the Kingdom of God come? Today’s question by the Pharisees to Jesus. And what is his answer? Already, but not yet.  He tells them that “The Kingdom of God is among you” Isn’t this amazing! The...

Mass with Cirque Italia

Mass with Cirque Italia

Homily for Friday of the 31st Week in Ordinary Time, Cycle C Friday, November 4, 2022 Cirque Italia Mass under the Big Top at Westtown Mall in Knoxville Philippians 3:17—4:1; Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4AB, 4CD-5; Luke 16:1-8 I was able to arrange a Mass for some of the faithful of the Cirque Italia circus family, celebrated as a bi-lingual Mass by Fr. Pete Iorio of Our Lady of Fatima parish in Alcoa....

The Fire of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Fire of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Homily for Thursday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time, Cycle C Thursday, October 20, 2022 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 Mass Ephesians 3:14-21; Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19; Luke 12:49-53 Audio Recording   What is the fire Jesus speaks of in today’s gospel? The fire he brought to the earth and desires to see blazing? It is the fire of charity that burns for us and for all of God’s creation...

Praise God, Always and Everywhere!

Praise God, Always and Everywhere!

Homily for Thursday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time, Cycle C Thursday, October 13, 2022 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 Mass Ephesians 1:1-10; Psalm 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4, 5-6; Luke 11:47-54 Audio Recording   Today's homily is based on our first reading from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians. Today's Psalm also speaks to the importance of praising God. Here is the text of the first reading...

Christian Gratitude

Christian Gratitude

A Homily for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C Sunday, October 9, 2022 Holy Ghost Church – 10:00 Mass 2 Kings 5:14-17; Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4; 2 Timothy 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19 Audio Recording   Today our readings are calling us to reflect on something that is critical for our spiritual wellness and growth - the virtue of GRATITUDE. In ancient Israel, nothing was more pitiable...

Wedding Homily

Wedding Homily

8/26/23 - Another homily I preached today can be found here. It's similar, with different readings. I had the privilege of presiding at a wedding on Saturday. Here's my homily: Genesis 1:26-28, 31a; 148:1-2. 3-4, 9-10, 11-12, 12-14; Romans 12:1-2, 9-18; Matthew 5:13-16 Good afternoon. It’s so good for us all to be here together today to celebrate Robert and Tess being joined together...

Our Unimaginable Christian Identity

Our Unimaginable Christian Identity

A Homily for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C Sunday, September 18, 2022 Holy Ghost Church – 10:00 Mass Amos 8:4-7; Psalm 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8; 1 Timothy 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13 Audio Recording   I believe an important lesson from today’s Gospel reading is that Jesus is always telling us, not just HOW we should behave, but WHO we are. He is communicating our true IDENTITY in...

Illogical? Possibly. Pointless? Think Again!

Illogical? Possibly. Pointless? Think Again!

Homily for Thursday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time, Cycle C Thursday, September 1, 2022 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 Mass 1 Corinthians 3:18-23; Psalm 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6; Luke 5:1-11 Audio Recording   Have any of you watched The Chosen? This is a video series about the lives of the apostles, the Pharisees and others living at this time that imagines how their daily lives might have been...

The Rescue Project

The Rescue Project

A year ago I read an amazing book at the recommendation of my beloved wife Christine. I was on my way to Franciscan University for a week-long retreat with 125 priests, deacons and seminarians. I listened to the audio book, Rescued: The Unexpected and Extraordinary News of the Gospel, narrated by its author Fr. John Riccardo, founder of the Acts XXIX apostolate. The book was life-changing for me...