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Oct 2019

Preached October 13, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon A typical homily for today might talk about the importance of giving thanks to God in all the little things of our daily life. It might recommend taking some time to ‘count your blessings’ and give thanks to God. That is a very simple, good, and important lesson. There is, however, much more here. Jesus cleanses ten lepers and tells them to show themselves to the priests. These are the priests of the Old Testament, not the New, but Jesus is......

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October 07, 2019

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached October 6, 2019; St. Peter’s Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon In today’s 1st reading the prophet Habakkuk cries out to God with the perennial human complaint. It is not only that I suffer unjustly,...


September 30, 2019

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached September 29, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon There was a lady, now deceased, whom I knew many years ago. Shortly after my baptism at age 20 she commented on how she...


September 16, 2019

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached September 15, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon During the course of history and in the world today we meet with two widespread, distorted images of God: the image of the angry...


September 09, 2019

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached September 8, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Powerful people in the world get together to make plans and pursue their agendas: We have the United Nations, the G-7 or G-20, the...


September 03, 2019

22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached September 1, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Both today’s 1st reading and Gospel speak about the indispensable Christian virtue of humility. Without humility we have no connection to God; without humility...


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....


August 19, 2019

20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached August 18, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon I have some good news and some bad news, but in order to hear the good news we first need to receive the bad...


August 12, 2019

19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached August 11, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon The “Declaration of Independence” concludes with the words, “For the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,...


August 05, 2019

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached August 4, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Jesus once made a serious complaint about those who believe in him. He said that the children of this world are more prudent in...