Homily

Fr. Steve’s homily (06-30-13)

Most people tend to look at Catholicism as a series of precepts.  Each day we have duties: to take care of one’s physical and emotional health, to treat others with consideration and respect, to carry out whatever tasks ones state of life requires, etc. Those duties are important and how to respond to them often .. read more

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Jul
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Fr. Steve’s homily (06/23/2013)

Opponents of Christianity contend that the crosses–that is, suffering– are the weak points of Christianity.  They claim that since God hasn’t eliminated human suffering, he must not exist, or he must be a weak God.  This is a false argument, though, for two reasons. First:  they cannot explain why there is so much good in .. read more

24
Jun
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Fr. Steve’s homily (06/16/2013)

Archbishop Fulton Sheen, who hosted the most watched prime time television show in the country back in the 1950s, was a great promoter of confession.  Before becoming a bishop, he had been a professor.  His area of expertise was psychology, which he had studied in depth. He didn’t deny that psychology could help people in .. read more

24
Jun
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Fr. Steve’s homily (04/28/2013)

It was the night when he revealed the secret identity of every Christian, the distinguishing mark: “This is how all will know that you are my disciples,” he said, “if you have love for one another.” And not just any kind of love, but Christ-like love: “I give you a new commandment… As I have .. read more

29
Apr
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Fr. Steve’s homily (03-31-2013 Easter)

You are here this morning because you know that Easter is the heart of our Christian faith. In our first reading, St. Peter expresses it this way: “They killed him (Jesus) ‘hanging him on a tree’ only to have God raise him up.” Now this is an astounding claim. That Jesus not only died on .. read more

02
Apr
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Fr. Steve’s homily (03-24-2013 Palm Sunday)

Today we are in the middle of a paradox. On the one hand, we are filled with joy. As Jesus enters Jerusalem, throngs of people rejoice. The promised Savior has finally come! The Messiah is here! Redemption is at hand! But then, on the other hand, we turn towards the sorrowful narrative of our Lord’s .. read more

02
Apr
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Fr. Steve’s homily (03/03/2013)

This Gospel is so very rich in themes and it seems that every detail is simply a tip of an iceberg of historical and cultural significance. However, the theme that has stood out more than any other theme for me is the depiction of the basic thirst for water as symbolic of the deepest desires .. read more

04
Mar
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Fr. Steve’s homily (02/24/2013)

Happiness depends on living in a close relationship with God, as Adam and Eve did before the fall. It’s the most basic truth of our catechism: separated from God, the human heart withers, like a plant that never gets sunshine. But after the loss of grace through original sin, staying close to God became impossible. .. read more

04
Mar
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Fr. Steve’s homoly (02/17/2013)

Where are we looking for fulfillment? The Gospel tells us that we should be looking for it in our friendship with Christ, in being faithful to God’s will in our lives, because we were made to find lasting happiness in him. But ever since original sin, we have a tendency to look for it in .. read more

18
Feb
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Fr. Steve’s homily (02/13/2013 Ash Wednesday)

Today’s ashes will remind us of one of the most famous lines in the Bible: “Remember that you are dust and to dust you will return” (cf. Genesis 3:19). From the perspective of the world around us, this reminder is a strange, though interesting, phenomenon.  The strangeness of this tradition, from the world’s perspective, tells .. read more

14
Feb
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