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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 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...


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...


January 21, 2019

2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached January 20, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon In today’s Gospel, Jesus’ works a miracle – his first – performing thereby a simple act of kindness for a couple on their wedding...


January 14, 2019

Baptism of the Lord

Preached January 13, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Last Sunday, in the celebration of the Epiphany, the infant Jesus, the Son of God, was revealed as a light shining to the nations....


December 17, 2018

3rd Sunday of Advent

Preached December 16, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon To be honest, the message of today’s Mass, the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Advent’s Sunday of Joy, might be a bit irritating. Rejoice in...