The Angelic Doctor

Homily for the Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas Today, we celebrate the Feast of one of my patron saints, St. Thomas Aquinas, who was arguably one of the greatest, if not the greatest, mind the Church has ever known. Throughout his life as a priest, the Angelic Doctor, as he is known, wrote about variousContinue reading “The Angelic Doctor”

Mary, Mother of God

Homily for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. It reminds us of the importance and the honor that we give to Mary as Catholics. I’m sure most of us here today have been asked at least once why Catholics give the Blessed MotherContinue reading “Mary, Mother of God”

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Homily for the Memorial of Our Lady of Guadalupe Today we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a day when we remember how the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Juan Diego in 1531 in Mexico. The story of her appearance resulted in the conversion of over 9 million people to Catholicism. So,Continue reading “Our Lady of Guadalupe”

God Chooses

Homily for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception The Immaculate Conception, the solemnity that we celebrate today, also happens to be the patronal feast day of the United States. So, happy feast day. Why do we celebrate this feast? In 1854, in his Apostolic Constitution, Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Pius IX clarified without uncertainty the long-heldContinue reading “God Chooses”

Holy Friendship

Homily for the Memorial of St. Ambrose Over the last few days now, I’ve really been reflecting on this idea of friendship – but not just any type friendship, I’m talking about holy friendships. We all have those people in our lives who care so deeply for us that we almost become family to them.Continue reading “Holy Friendship”

The Chosen Daughter of Israel

Homily for the Night of Merciful Love, December 2020 at Holy Name of Jesus. Votive Mass for the Blessed Virgin Mary, Chosen Daughter of Israel. As I mentioned at the beginning of Mass, tonight I have chosen to celebrate a Votive Mass for the Blessed Virgin Mary, Chosen Daughter of Israel. It is one ofContinue reading “The Chosen Daughter of Israel”

Is Jesus Our Foundation?

Homily for the Memorial of St. Francis Xavier I really truly believe that today’s Gospel is a perfect one to reflect on at the beginning of the Advent season. It challenges us with the question: what (or rather, who) is at the foundation of our faith? Is Jesus the rock whom we have built ourContinue reading “Is Jesus Our Foundation?”

Faithful Until Death

Homily for the Memorial of St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions Again this morning, our readings are calling attention to the end times, reminding us of the fragility of life and the uncertainty about when the Lord is going to call us to return to Himself. This last week of the liturgical year is always anContinue reading “Faithful Until Death”

Missionary Disciples: Following the Example of Mother Cabrini

Homily for the Memorial of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini As we continue to approach the end of this liturgical year, which will happen in just a couple of short weeks from now with the Feast of Christ the King, the Church uses this as an opportunity to invite us to consider the world to comeContinue reading “Missionary Disciples: Following the Example of Mother Cabrini”