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Dec 2018

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 the Lord always! One person might respond, “Look, I am just feeling down today and it is not in my power to ‘rejoice’.” Another person might answer, “Look, today the doctor just informed me that I have cancer, what to you mean by ‘rejoice’?” Someone else, “My wife just passed away, how could I rejoice?” Another might......

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December 10, 2018

2nd Sunday of Advent

Preached December 9, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon The opening of today’s Gospel fixes a very definite time in history making reference to the political and religious order of the time and...


December 03, 2018

1st Sunday of Advent

Preached December 2, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon This Holiday Season I am thinking I might be a bit of a Grinch. I am not going to put out a ‘Keep Christ...


November 26, 2018

Christ the King

Preached November 25, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon This past week I came across a couple of commentaries speaking about how foreign the celebration of Christ the King appears to a democratic...


November 19, 2018

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached November 18, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon This 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time could be called ‘End of the World Sunday’, but we want always to remember that of that day...


November 12, 2018

32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached November 11, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Once again this Sunday we have heard from the Letter to the Hebrews. Last Sunday I spoke about the importance of that Letter for...


November 05, 2018

31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached November 4, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon During the course of the last month our 2nd reading has been taken from the Letter to the Hebrews and that will continue for...


October 29, 2018

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached October 28, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon In today’s Gospel the blind beggar Bartimaeus begs Jesus for his sight, receives vision, and follows him upon the way to Jerusalem. Jesus tells...


October 22, 2018

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached October 21, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon “This is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for...


October 15, 2018

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached October 14, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon “Always begin at the end”: That is a good rule for everything we do. In other words we always need a goal, we need...