Homily

Fr. Steve’s homily (08/31/2014)

Even after spending several days away to prepare, I remained unsure of what I would say. Only two days ago in prayer did God’s inspiration make it simple: on this occasion, we need to remember what the Church is. First, the Church is Mother. In her we are born not in a natural way but .. read more

03
Sep
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Fr. Steve’s homily ( 08/17/2014)

God wants all of us to be saved, but he won’t force us to be saved. To force us would be to destroy us, because it would mean taking away our freedom, without which we would no longer be human. Just as some of the angels rebelled against God, using their God-given freedom to separate .. read more

18
Aug
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Fr. Steve’s homily (08/03/2014)

We don’t have to earn his love, and we don’t have to be afraid of losing it – his love is unconditional and dependable. • We don’t have to earn his friendship by our great personality, good looks, or impressive achievements. • As the First Reading said so beautifully, “All you who are thirsty, come .. read more

04
Aug
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Fr. Steve’s homily (07/27/2014)

The parable of the dragnet teaches us a crucial lesson about the Church: It is made up of both good fish and bad fish. • The net symbolizes the Church, and the fish are the members of the Church – you and me. • The water symbolizes the world of human history, in which the .. read more

04
Aug
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Fr. Steve’s homily (07/20/2014)

Wheat and weeds again. One surprising thing about the parable of the weeds and the wheat is the calm, patient reaction of the landowner. This was a wealthy and powerful man – only wealthy and powerful people owned multiple slaves. How do wealthy and powerful people usually react to enemies who try to interfere with .. read more

04
Aug
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Fr. Steves homily (05/04/2014)

This is a special season and a special weekend. Not only do we celebrate again and again that Jesus Christ is risen, but we celebrate that Jesus gives Himself to us as the Bread of Life. And these youngsters, ten of them at this Mass, help us to remember and celebrate our own Communion and .. read more

05
May
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Fr. Steve’s homily (04/27/2014)

Today John Paul along with John the Twenty-Third become officially recognized as a saint. It is no accident that this canonization happens on Divine Mercy Sunday. We hear Jesus’ words, “Peace be with you.” He’s saying to Peter and the other apostles, “Do not fear. I know you have let me down. Yes, you abandoned .. read more

05
May
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Fr. Steve’s homily (04/20/2014)

Even before the dawn one Friday morning I noticed a young man, handsome and strong, walking the alleys of our City. He was pulling an old cart filled with clothes both bright and new, and he was calling in a clear, tenor voice: “Rags!” Ah, the air was foul and the first light filthy to .. read more

25
Apr
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Fr. Steve’s homily (04/19/2014)

This is the night! 5 times we sang that phrase. 12 times in the Exsultet there is mention of this “night”. And by the ministry of the Church and the power of the Holy Spirit, it’s true. This is the night! It is that “most holy night, when our Lord Jesus Christ passed from death .. read more

25
Apr
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Fr. Steve’s homily (04/18/2014)

Wherever you go in the world, you will see crosses and crucifixes beautifully, exquisitely decorated with gold and jewels. Why? Because the cross is by far our most valuable possession. The very intensity of the suffering it represents indicates the almost unbelievable intensity of love that God has for each one of us. Why is .. read more

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Apr
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