Echoing Mary’s “Yes”

Homily for Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which also happens to be the patronal feast day of the United States. So, happy feast day. This particular feast of the Blessed Mother has deep roots in theContinue reading “Echoing Mary’s “Yes””

St. Nicholas

Homily for the Memorial of St. Nicholas As we have already heard in our opening prayer for this morning, today we celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas. On this day every year, I think about my favorite story of St. Nicholas. Growing up, Nicholas was a very devout young man who lived with his uncleContinue reading “St. Nicholas”

Presentation of Mary

Homily for the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Today we celebrate the feast of the Presentation of Mary, when Mary was presented in the Temple by her parents, Joachim and Anne. It is one of those extra-biblical events that the Church remembers each year to honor the life of the BlessedContinue reading “Presentation of Mary”

The Lord Needs Laborers

Homily for the Feast of St. Luke There is no question that the Lord needs laborers in our world today. He needs each of us to do our part to go out and spread the Gospel to the world, sharing the Good News with those we encounter on a daily basis. The cooperation of humanContinue reading “The Lord Needs Laborers”

Him I Seek. Him I Love.

Homily for the Memorial of St. Ignatius of Antioch Whenever I hear a scripture passage like the one we have this morning from the Gospel of Luke, it always makes me pause and think about my life and reflect on how I am living my life as a disciple of the Lord. I think itContinue reading “Him I Seek. Him I Love.”

Bring God’s Mercy

Homily for the Memorial of St. Callistus This morning we celebrate the memorial of St. Callistus I, who served the Church as pope in the 3rd century. We actually don’t really know much about this saint and even what we do know comes from Hippolytus, who didn’t have the best things to say about him.Continue reading “Bring God’s Mercy”

St. Vincent de Paul

Homily for the Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul If there ever was a saint who embodied this Gospel passage today from Matthew, it was St. Vincent de Paul. St. Vincent understood the compassion and mercy that the Lord expresses in this experience with the crowds. Throughout his ministry as a priest, Vincent’s heart wasContinue reading “St. Vincent de Paul”

Radical Trust

Homily for the Memorial of St. Clare of Assisi The story of St. Clare is really a beautiful one of coming to an experience with the Lord and falling so deeply in love with Him that she is willing to allow that love to invade every aspect of her life. Clare was one of theContinue reading “Radical Trust”

Getting in the Way

Homily for the Memorial of St. Dominic Over the last few days in our readings, we have been hearing about this call to discipleship and how difficult it can sometimes be to follow the Lord. We’ve been challenged by the Lord to deny ourselves, pick up our crosses, and to follow Him. We know thatContinue reading “Getting in the Way”

Intimate Encounters with Jesus

Homily for the Memorial of Sts. Joachim and Anne This morning, we celebrate the Memorial of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the parents of our Blessed Mother and the grandparents of Jesus. In a special way today, we want to remember in prayer all of our grandparents, living and deceased. So to all of our grandparents,Continue reading “Intimate Encounters with Jesus”