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Jun 2019

Preached June 9, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon As we have just heard, on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles and disciples in the form of tongues of fire. The fire speaks of the fire of divine love, while the tongues speak of the gift of speech, speech that is at once strong, loving, and wise. The speech is first of all speech in praise of the mighty works of God, but then in the second place it involves announcing those same mighty works......

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May 13, 2019

4th Sunday of Easter

Preached May 11, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Let me start off today with an advertisement. We have a parish subscription for “Formed”, which is a sort of Catholic “Netflix”, with an...


April 23, 2019

Easter Sunday

Preached April 21, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Peter and John come to the empty tomb – the tomb is empty; death is empty; death has been defeated. Inside the empty tomb...


April 23, 2019

Easter Vigil

Preached April 20, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon The account of creation shows us a perfect world, coming forth from the word of God, the Creator. If we were to attend well...


April 01, 2019

4th Sunday of Lent

Preached March 31, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon We have just heard the well-known and much beloved Parable of the Prodigal Son. We could look at this parable from the perspective of...


February 18, 2019

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time  

Preached February 17, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon  If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are the most pitiable of all people. The words of St. Paul are...


February 13, 2019

5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached February 10, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon In today’s 1st reading we meet with one of the great theophanies or visions of God recorded in the Old Testament. The theophany takes...


January 28, 2019

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached January 26, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon I am not impressed by computers and smart phones. Though they can serve as instruments for the communication of human knowledge, they are dumb...


December 10, 2018

2nd Sunday of Advent

Preached December 9, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon The opening of today’s Gospel fixes a very definite time in history making reference to the political and religious order of the time and...


November 26, 2018

Christ the King

Preached November 25, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon This past week I came across a couple of commentaries speaking about how foreign the celebration of Christ the King appears to a democratic...