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Feb 2020
The Presentation of the Lord

Preached February 2, 2020; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Today we have the joy of celebrating the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, an event we are familiar with from the 4th joyful mystery of the rosary. The Feast of the Presentation is like an echo of the Christmas season, or at the end of 40 days, the closing of a larger Christmas season. In the mystery that we commemorate today, Jesus Christ, who came as the Redeemer of Man, who does not stand in need......

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January 27, 2020

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached January 26, 2020 The past two Sundays we have focused on the theme of baptism and the supernatural life of grace that God gives us through baptism. Today, we have heard Jesus call Peter,...


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,...