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Nov 2019

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 end of all things. We need to wake from our sleep and begin taking God seriously, truly setting him as the first priority in our life. The most urgent problem facing humanity today is not climate change; the most urgent problem facing humanity today is God’s judgment; before anything else we must return to God. Unless we......

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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,...


September 16, 2019

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached September 15, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon During the course of history and in the world today we meet with two widespread, distorted images of God: the image of the angry...


September 09, 2019

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached September 8, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Powerful people in the world get together to make plans and pursue their agendas: We have the United Nations, the G-7 or G-20, the...