Homilies

The Father’s Embrace

Homily for the Twenty-fourth Sunday in ordinary time, Year C. When I was growing up, it was not uncommon to see someone holding up a sign at a football game with the words “John 3:16” written on it. Even today, if you were to ask a representative sample of Christians to share a bible verse …

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The Beauty of Humility

Homily for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C. When I was in high school, my least favorite science class was chemistry. So, when I went off to college, I decided to pursue a degree in computer engineering—the kind of engineering, I thought, that involved the least amount of chemistry. I would have to …

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Gateway to Heaven

Homily for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C. In the late 1970s, a small unit of the United States military was established to investigate the possibility of using psychic abilities for counterintelligence efforts. This secret group, known as the Stargate Project, focused on people who could engage in “remote viewing,” the ability, purportedly, …

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The Supersubstance

Homily for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C. Fr. Gereon Goldmann was not yet a priest, but was preparing to become one, when World War II broke out in Germany. Soon after, he and his fellow seminarians, despite their chosen vocation, were drafted into the German army. Faced with a difficult moral dilemma, …

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Samaritan Sacraments

Homily for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C. It sometimes comes as a surprise that I’m not naturally a people-person. I’m in the people business, after all, and so sometimes it’s assumed that I’m naturally gifted for that kind of work. But that’s definitely not the case. From the time I was in …

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