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Mar 2019

Preached March 17, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Today, early in the Lent, we meet with readings that do not seem typical for the season. Except for the brief warning found in the 2nd reading about the enemies of the Cross of Christ, the readings that do not contain the characteristic themes of repentance and self-denial. Instead we have faith as the foundation and the resurrection as our hope. Our citizenship is in heaven. In a word, we are exhorted today to keep our eyes on the goal, the......

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March 11, 2019

1st Sunday of Lent

Preached March 10, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the devil for forty days. So also, led by the Holy Spirit,...


March 04, 2019

8th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached March 3, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Can a blind person lead a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? Jesus’ words here could be alarming. In this life...


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...


Epiphany
January 06, 2019

Epiphany

Preached January 6, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Christmas is a celebration of the true light coming into a world darkened by sin. Christmas celebrates the light of Jesus Christ, the Son...


Holy Mother of God
January 01, 2019

Holy Mother of God

Preached January 1, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon As we begin the New Year the Church celebrates the beginning of our salvation with the Solemnity of the Holy Mother of God. Outside...


Christmas Day
December 25, 2018

Christmas Day

Preached December 25, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Christmas is a time of dreams of ‘peace on earth’, but with each passing year we seem to be farther from the reality. Perhaps...


Christmas Eve (Mass in the Night)
December 25, 2018

Christmas Eve (Mass in the Night)

Preached December 24, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Let me begin with my personal recollections. I grew up without any religion, but still I can remember the magical Christmases of my childhood,...