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Sep 2021

The essence of Divine Providence is the gift of life. The Lord is the giver of life. The Black Death was the deadliest pandemic in recorded history. It killed an estimated 75-200 million people from the years 1346-1353. Amid all the death in Europe, Africa, and Asia, a literary-spiritual work was written: the Ars moriendi and the Ars viviendi. Ars moriendi means the art or skill of dying, and Ars viviendi is the art or skill of living. Both despair and presumption can destroy the soul. Faith, hope, and love nurture the......

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September 12, 2021

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” (Mk 8:33b) What does God think? For many years, I didn’t care much about what God thinks. But when...


September 05, 2021

Twenty Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

By 16 weeks into a pregnancy, hearing structures in the ear are formed possibly enabling the child to hear sounds. Babies in the womb can hear their mother talk at least during the last 10...


August 28, 2021

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts. (Mk 7:6b-7; cf. Is 29:13) “Be doers of the word...


August 22, 2021

Twenty First Sunday Ordinary

In the celebration of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother last Sunday, we saw that holiness means complete loyalty to God’s will.  “Perfection is reached only through cooperation with God.  The great and firm foundation...


August 07, 2021

Nineteenth Sunday Ordinary

Jezebel, the pagan wife of King Ahab, threatened to kill the prophet Elijah after Elijah ordered the slaughter of the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah who...


July 31, 2021

Eighteenth Sunday Ordinary Time

“…seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its...


July 24, 2021

Homily Seventeenth Sunday Ordinary B

The Gospel according to John has four parts:  The Prologue, The Book of Signs, The Book of Glory, and the Epilogue.  In the Book of Signs Jesus performs seven signs, and the feeding of the...


July 17, 2021

July 18th 2021

I was friends with a Cistercian monk when I attended Seminary. I went to his monastery with him every Thanksgiving when I was at the Seminary. The monks raised sheep. One time I went out...