Homily: Solemnity of St. Joseph – 3.19.14

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Homilies

The Sisters of Loretto once ran a school in Santa Fe, NM. Twenty years after its founding in 1853 they decided to add to the campus a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Light. It would be patterned after the Sainte Chapelle in Paris, with a vaulted ceiling, buttresses, and spires instead of the simple lines of the adobe churches of Santa Fe. Antoine Mouly and his son, architects from France who were already in Santa Fe building the Saint Francis...

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Homily: 2nd Sunday in Lent – 3.16.14

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Homilies

  If you’ve ever watched an episode of Sesame Street, you will remember the regular feature of “a word from the sponsors”; it went like this.  “Sesame Street has been brought to you today by the letters A and S, and the number 7…”  I thought of that as I pondered today’s Scriptures; because it seemed appropriate to me to announce: “Today’s Lenten scripture readings have been brought to by the temptations confusion, doubt, and fear, and by...

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Homily: 1st Sunday in Lent – 3.9.14

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Homilies

What is temptation?  I must confess, I rather liked the definition I found in Wikipedia: “Temptation is the desire to perform an action that one may enjoy immediately or in the short term but will probably later regret for various reasons: legal, social, psychological (including feeling guilt), health-related, economic, etc…  Temptation also describes the coaxing or inducing a person into committing such an act, by manipulation … of curiosity,...

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Homily: Ash Wednesday – 3.5.14

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Homilies

Year after year, I remain fascinated by the popular response to this day, Ash Wednesday.  The midday Mass continues to draw the single largest crowd of the year despite the increasing secularization of our culture, and despite the fact that Ash Wednesday is not even a “holy day of obligation”!  And let’s face it, folks – at bottom, it is about the ashes.  There is something powerful and deep about the symbol of an ashy mark on the forehead worn...

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Homily: 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 3.2.14

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Homilies

Scripture commentator John Martens, writing about today’s readings in America magazine, recalls how his parents would speak German during his youth on the assumption that he and his siblings would not understand.  In John’s case, however, this parental strategy was a dismal failure.  He remembers: “I was not very old when I heard my parents describe me as nervös and ängstlich.  I understood enough German to know that I was being described as...

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Homily: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2.23.14

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Homilies

So… last week from the Sermon on the Mount, we heard Jesus exhorting us to practice the “greater righteousness” demanded by the “new law of love” which calls us to a higher standard than the Old Law of Moses.  And in the Gospel which we just heard, Jesus continues to prod our imaginations with illustrations of what that “greater righteousness” might look like. Now I can maybe sort of imagine – with difficulty – being sued for my shirt and...

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