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Oct 2019

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 condemning people who are religious but warning them of the dangers of self-righteousness and hypocrisy. Actually, human nature is such that you don’t have to be religious to be self-righteous and hypocritical. As for the Pharisees, we will understand the Gospel better if we clear from our minds the prejudice we have against them. The Pharisees were......

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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,...


August 12, 2019

19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached August 11, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon The “Declaration of Independence” concludes with the words, “For the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,...


April 08, 2019

5th Sunday of Lent

Preached April 7, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Last Sunday we heard the well-known parable of the prodigal son. The prodigal son returns home, is welcomed by his father, restored to his...


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...


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...


September 24, 2018

25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached September 23, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon It is not often that we get a nearly identical Gospel reading on successive Sundays, but last week we heard Jesus announce his coming...


June 18, 2018

11th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached June 17, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon God is a wise and provident Father; he has a plan, which embraces the whole scope of human history and human life. When we...


May 14, 2018

Ascension of the Lord

Preached Saturday evening, May 12, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Whenever we speak of Jesus Christ, we must always keep in mind that the one divine person, the Son of God, is...


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...