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Jan 2020
The Baptism of the Lord

Preached January 12, 2020; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon In our contemporary society we have become very accustomed to think in terms of ‘rights’. Justice ceases to be something that I owe to others but becomes the ‘rights’ that others owe to me. We have even reached the point where people think they have a ‘right’ to be happy. Well, if I have a right to be happy, then someone else must have the obligation to make me happy. That means if I am not happy, it is someone else’s......

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2nd Sunday of Advent
December 09, 2019

2nd Sunday of Advent

Let me begin with a brief review of what I said last Sunday about the peace of Eden, which consisted of a hierarchy of four distinct orders.


November 18, 2019

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached November 17, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon As we draw near the end of the liturgical year things get serious. The end of the liturgical year directs our attention to the...


November 11, 2019

32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached November 10, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Today’s 1st reading, from the 2nd Book of Maccabees, gives us a small portion of the account of the martyrdom of seven sons and...


November 05, 2019

31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached November 3, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Last Sunday we heard Jesus tell a parable involving a tax collector. Today we heard about a real life encounter between a chief tax...


November 01, 2019

All Saints Day

Preached November 1, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon I will begin with a comment on Halloween. There is a lot of controversy about Halloween. Some Christians say that celebrating Halloween is a...


October 29, 2019

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached October 27, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Today’s parable about the Pharisee and the tax-collector is meant for people who are serious about the practice of their faith. Jesus is not...


October 21, 2019

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached October 20, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon In today’s Gospel Jesus gives us a lesson about the need to pray always without becoming weary. At the end of the lesson he...


October 14, 2019

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached October 13, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon A typical homily for today might talk about the importance of giving thanks to God in all the little things of our daily life....


October 07, 2019

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached October 6, 2019; St. Peter’s Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon In today’s 1st reading the prophet Habakkuk cries out to God with the perennial human complaint. It is not only that I suffer unjustly,...