Prepared to Meet the Lord?

Homily for the Memorial of Sts. John de Brebeuf, Isaac Joques, and Companions If our lives were demanded of us today, would we be prepared to meet the Lord? Will we have stored up only things for ourselves here on earth or will we have stored up treasure in Heaven? Scripture passages like this shouldContinue reading “Prepared to Meet the Lord?”

St. Teresa of Avila

Homily for the Memorial of St. Teresa of Avila Throughout the history of the Church, every time there has been a period of persecution, uncertainty, or just downright confusion, the Lord has called forth heroic men and women who stand apart from the culture to become saints. Time and again that has been the case.Continue reading “St. Teresa of Avila”

Deeds of Mercy

Homily for the Memorial of St. Faustina Kowalska Today the Church celebrates the Memorial of St. Faustina Kowalska, who many of us know was one of the greatest saints of mercy that the Church has ever seen. Throughout her life as a nun, Faustina had many miraculous visions of the Lord and within those visionsContinue reading “Deeds of Mercy”

Mary, Mother of Mercy

Homily for Votive Mass of Mary, Queen and Mother of Mercy, Night of Merciful Love at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church Tonight as we gather for our Night of Merciful Love, we remember in a special way our Blessed Mother, more specifically as the Queen and Mother of Mercy. Mary is the Queen ofContinue reading “Mary, Mother of Mercy”

Embrace the Little Way

Homily for the Memorial of St. Therese of Lisieux It has often been said that holy vocations come out of holy families. That certainly was the case with the family of St. Therese of Lisieux. St. Therese was 1 of 9 children born into an extremely Catholic family. Her parents, Louis and Zelie Martin, soughtContinue reading “Embrace the Little Way”

St. Vincent de Paul

Homily for the Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul. Mass for the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Indialantic. 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 LordContinue reading “St. Vincent de Paul”

Mercy, Not Sacrifice

Homily for the Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist During the height of the pandemic, I had the opportunity to watch a new miniseries called The Chosen, a series that portrays the life of Jesus. The first season was mostly about the calling of the Apostles and Jesus making the necessary preparations to beginContinue reading “Mercy, Not Sacrifice”

Her Heart was Pierced

Homily for the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows A few weeks ago, I was visiting with my parents and at some point it was just my father and I sitting in the living room. My mother received an unexpected phone call from my sister and was worried something had happened to my 1-year-old nephew.Continue reading “Her Heart was Pierced”

The Power of Mary’s Name

Homily for the Memorial of the Holy Name of Mary Today the Church celebrates the Memorial of the Holy Name of Mary, a feast that has its origins in Spain in 1513. Pope Innocent XI decreed that it be observed by the entire Church in 1683 following a victory of the Polish army against theContinue reading “The Power of Mary’s Name”

The Power of God’s Grace can Change the World

In the tradition of the Church, there are only two individuals besides the Lord Jesus who have their birthdays celebrated with a special feast: St. John the Baptist and the Blessed Mother (whose nativity we celebrate today). According to some of the apocryphal writings of the early Church, the story of the birth of Mary is actually quite beautiful.