Homilies

Canceling the Voice of God

Homily for the Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B. When I was growing up, whenever any sort of new technology was invented, I always wanted to know how it worked. And although our family’s first computer wasn’t connected to the internet—which, admittedly, makes me sound like a caveman—when we finally got dial-up and then …

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The Place of Decision

Homily for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. If you’ve ever seen a TV show or movie in which the Catholic faith is taken (at least somewhat) seriously, there will often be a scene in which one of the main characters will come to a priest for advice. And almost invariably, at some …

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True Character

Homily for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. When I was in eighth grade, I participated in a national engineering competition called “Future City.” Our team ended up winning regionals and we represented the state of Wisconsin at the national level in Washington D.C. Part of the prize for winning regionals was a …

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Marveling at Mary

Homily for the Solemnity of the Assumption. One of the dangers which faithful Catholics are constantly exposed to is moralism. Moralism is the reduction of every aspect of our faith to its moral dimension. Faced with a culture which is often morally indifferent, which says that we should do what feels right rather than what …

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A Fairytale Beginning

Homily for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. Once upon a time, in the magical land of Humdrum, there lived a childless couple by the names of Herbert and Helga. They were advanced in years and had long given up hope of producing an heir. This was painful enough, but to add to …

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