Homily for November 1, 2015: All Saints Day

When I’m doing a baptism, the first question that is asked in the ritual is: “What name do you give your child?” Everyone answers that perfectly. But the second question is trickier. “What do you ask of God’s church for your child?” The correct answer, of course, is “Baptism.” Even though we’ve gone over this in [Read More…]

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Homily for October 25, 2015: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Last week, as I was walking home from work, heading up Third Avenue, I saw something you see often in New York: a woman sitting on the sidewalk, with a cup, asking for money. She was young, I’d guess in her early 30s. She didn’t look like someone I’d think of as “homeless” or destitute. [Read More…]

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When a prison cell became a cathedral: a lesson on Eucharist from Francis Xavier Nguyn Van Thuan

Planning to address the children of my parish as they prepare for their First Holy Communion, I instead addressed my homily yesterday to their parents. Here is some of what I said, just published at Aleteia:  We see these milestones in the lives of our children and sometimes they go by in a blur. Sometimes it becomes [Read More…]

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“Go out and meet others where they really are, not where we think they should be”

From Pope Francis’s homily Friday night at Madison Square Garden: Big cities…conceal the faces of all those people who don’t appear to belong, or are second-class citizens. In big cities, beneath the roar of traffic, beneath “the rapid pace of change”, so many faces pass by unnoticed because they have no “right” to be there, [Read More…]

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“At the cross her station keeping…”

My parish, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, traditionally celebrates its feast day tomorrow, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Fittingly, it follows today’s feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. From the vault, I found this homily from 2008, with some thoughts on those feasts.  + This Sunday, marks the feast of the Exaltation of [Read More…]

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“We are called to be light”

From the vault, my homily from September 11, 2010:  It was late October. That beautiful day in September seemed like a distant memory. The leaves were turning. The days were colder. If you walked across MacDonald Park, by the post office, you could see melted wax on the ground – reminders of candles from memorial [Read More…]

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Homily for September 6, 2015: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

His name was Aylan Kurdi. And if you haven’t heard his story, you need to. Aylan was three years old, a young refugee from Syria living in Turkey. Wednesday morning, his mother woke him and his older brother, five-year-old Galip. She dressed Aylan in a simple red tee shirt and shorts, slipped on his plain [Read More…]

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Homily for August 23, 2015: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

It could be one of the most important questions you ask yourself: Why are you Catholic? What keeps you coming back here week after week, year after year? In a time when so many other faiths are out there, offering what they claim is an easier, less difficult path to God—including a church right down [Read More…]

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Homily for August 9, 2015: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Sunday we continue with John’s gospel and the “Bread of Life discourse.”  We hear once more how Jesus sustains, uplifts and feeds us in ways that offer the promise of eternal life. “I am the bread of life,” he tells his followers. “I am the living bread come down from heaven.” It’s a message of [Read More…]

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Homily for August 2, 2015: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Last week, millions around the world were shocked to hear that an American hunter had gunned down a beloved lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe. But there is another important story that also attracted attention, though it didn’t spark as much media coverage or outrage. But it should have. I’m speaking of the undercover videos involving [Read More…]

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