Homily for August 19, 2012: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings] In the fall of 1930, America was sinking deeper and deeper into the worst economic crisis in its history, the calamity that became known as the Great Depression. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers found themselves suddenly out of work – eventually one in six people in New York, some 300,000, [Read More...]

Homily for August 15, 2012: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

[Click here for readings] Last weekend, I was talking with someone in the sacristy and said that that, in my opinion, this is the best time of year to be in New York. The last two weeks of August may be hot, humid, mobbed with tourists. But: during rush hour, you can always get a [Read More...]

Homily for August 12, 2012: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] A few weeks ago, the Columbus Dispatch newspaper in Ohio printed a story about a First Communion – but it’s one unlike any other you may have heard. It says something beautiful, I think, about the power of the Eucharist, the “bread of life.” But it is also a story of [Read More...]

From the archives: a homily for 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Originally posted in August 2009 “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one He sent.” This week, I read about a man who did believe – and who spent his life doing the work of God. His name was William McCarthy. But countless people knew him as just “Father Bill.” He died last [Read More...]

From the archives: a 50th wedding anniversary homily

My wife’s parents, Gerry and Brenda Meyer, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August of 2008. They renewed their vows at a special Mass. This is my homily for that occasion. Last week, Maureen Dowd, the columnist for the New York Times, wrote about all the celebrity divorces going on. People like Christie Brinkley and [Read More...]

Homily for July 29, 2012: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Note: The Deacon's Wife and I are headed out on vacation Saturday morning, to someplace warm and sunny with lots of water.  I'm not bringing my laptop, and hope to spend as little time as possible in front of a keyboard and computer screen.  But I'm leaving behind a few postings for those who may [Read More...]

Homily for July 22, 2012: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

To hear audio of this homily, click the green arrow below HOMILY072212 [Click here for readings] The tragic news out of Aurora, Colorado has cast a long shadow over this summer weekend.  Aurora joins a sad list of places whose names have come to symbolize senseless violence and loss.  Places like Columbine, and Fort Hood [Read More...]

Homily for July 15, 2012: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[I'm preaching a retreat this weekend to the deacons of Pittsburgh and their wives.  The theme is taken from one of the new dismissals at Mass: "Go and announce the gospel of the Lord."  Below is the homily I'll be delivering at the final liturgy on Sunday.] [Click here for readings] Boston’s Fenway Park has [Read More...]

Homily for July 8, 2012: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

For audio of this homily, click the green arrow below. [Click here for readings] Last week, you’ll remember, the gospel told us what faith could achieve – miracles that could even restore health and give life. But this week, we’re reminded of what happens when we lack faith. What happens is…nothing.   When Jesus returned to [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“We live in a time that calls for sentinels and public witness. Every Christian in every era faces the same task. But you and I are responsible for this moment. Today. Now. We need to “speak out,” not only for religious liberty and the ideals of the nation we love, but for the sacredness of life [Read More...]


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