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Nov 2019

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 collector and Jesus. Last Sunday the tax collector in the parable showed us our starting point in our relationship to God; namely, the prayer of interior humility that recognizes where we stand before God as creatures and as sinners. O God, be merciful to me, a sinner. (Lk 18:13)  The tax collector was a man who was......

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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...


November 02, 2018

All Saints (Noon Mass)

Preached November 1, 2018; St. Peter’s Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon (Noon Mass) In today’s Psalm response we all said, Lord, this is the people who long to see your face. The saints in heaven,...


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...


March 05, 2018

3rd Sunday of Lent

Preached March 4, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon  Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace. Those are the words of Jesus as he purifies the Temple of the Lord, chasing the money...


January 10, 2018

Epiphany

Preached January 7, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Wisdom is a difficult thing, so the Feast of the Magi, the Wise men, is a difficult feast; journeys are difficult things; often pilgrims...


October 30, 2017

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached October 29, 2017; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Thus says the Lord – these words introduce a series of commands that spell out some of the details of what we heard in...