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Feb 2019

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 in agreement with the words of Jesus in today’s Gospel, for Jesus pronounces blessed those who now, in this life, are poor, hungry, suffering, and hated, while warns of woe for those who now, in this life, are rich, satisfied, laughing, and respected. The reversal does not take place here in this world, but in the world......

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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...


November 19, 2018

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached November 18, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon This 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time could be called ‘End of the World Sunday’, but we want always to remember that of that day...


May 07, 2018

6th Sunday of Easter

Preached May 6, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Let us love one another, because love is of God.  “Love” is a much abused word that seems to have the power to turn...


April 16, 2018

3rd Sunday of Easter

Preached April 15, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon On Easter Sunday I spoke about the spooky quality of Jesus’ resurrection, a spooky quality that we are presented with in today’s Gospel. Indeed,...


March 26, 2018

Palm Sunday

Preached March 25, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon In the 2nd Eucharistic prayer, the priest introduces the consecration narrative saying of Jesus, “At the time he was betrayed and entered willingly into...


January 15, 2018

2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached January 14, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Speak, Lord, for you servant is listening.  Today’s 1st reading with the account of the young Samuel, sleeping in the Temple, hearing the voice...