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Sep 2018

Preached September 16, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon In a very few words today’s Gospel teaches us three essential lessons: who Jesus is, what he does for us, and what is required of us. Jesus is the Christ; he dies for us on the Cross and rises again from the dead; he expects us to follow him on the way of the Cross. In today’s 2nd reading, St. James warns about a sterile faith, a faith without works. The person who has a sterile faith recognizes the truth, but......

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September 11, 2018

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached September 9, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Things have been very difficult lately. It should be evident now that we are living in extraordinary times; it is not your imagination.  Crazy...


September 04, 2018

22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached September 1, 2018; St. Peter’s Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks severely to the scribes and Pharisees, the powerful leaders, saying, You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition....


August 20, 2018

20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached August 19, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Wisdom has built her house.  Before we talk about the house that Wisdom builds for herself, we need to talk a little about ‘Wisdom’....


Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 16, 2018

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Preached August 15, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, body and soul, into heaven is the reality believed by the Church since the beginning, Indeed for...


August 13, 2018

19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached August 12, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Why was Elijah, the prophet, going out into the desert? Why was he so discouraged that he prayed for death? Only a short time...


July 30, 2018

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Jesus’ miracle of the multiplication of loaves, from which we have heard today, following St. John’s Gospel, leads into Jesus’ ‘Bread of Life’ discourse, from which we will hear in the Sundays ahead. The miracle...


July 01, 2018

13th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached July 1, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon   The word ‘Gospel’ means ‘good news’, though that is a rather weak rendering of the real meaning. Still, it is clear that life...


June 11, 2018

10th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached June 10, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it. Since the time of Adam and Eve men and women have continually bought into,...


June 04, 2018

Corpus Christi

Preached June 3, 2018: St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Jesus took great care in preparing for the Last Supper in which he gave us the sacrament of his Body and Blood. Jesus was...