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Mar 2020
3rd Sunday of Lent

Preached March 15, 2020; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Let me begin today with a doctrinal summary. The doctrine gives us the objective reality. Today’s Gospel will help us discover how to encounter this reality in our lives. Doctrine and lived faith go hand in hand. Grace, as we teach the 1st graders, is God’s life in our souls. More precisely that is the reality of sanctifying grace, since there is also actual grace, which are the helps that God gives us, light for the mind or strength for the......

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March 09, 2020

2nd Sunday of Lent

Preached March 8, 2020; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Last Sunday, I spoke about the distinction and interrelation of the natural and supernatural orders, both created by God. The supernatural order, the order...


February 24, 2020

7th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached February 23, 2020; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon When Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate, Pilate asked whether he was a king. Far from denying his kingship, Jesus defined his kingship in a...


January 20, 2020

2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached January 19, 2020; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Last Sunday we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord and this Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Gospel continues on the same...


The Baptism of the Lord
January 13, 2020

The Baptism of the Lord

Preached January 12, 2020; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon In our contemporary society we have become very accustomed to think in terms of ‘rights’. Justice ceases to be something that I owe to...


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...


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...


August 26, 2019

21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached August 25, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon As the parish priest of St. Peter’s I am here chiefly for the salvation of your souls. That is what the priesthood is about....


July 29, 2019

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached July 28, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon The word of God reveals to us a reality that is hidden from human eyes. So in today’s 1st reading God reveals to Abraham...


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...