Homily for March 18, 2012: 4th Sunday of Lent

[Click here for readings.] About 20 years ago, the novelist William Styron took a courageous step, and described his battle with depression in a book called “Darkness Visible.”  Depression is one of those afflictions that millions of us suffer with, but few want to talk about.  The World Health Organization estimates over 120 million people [Read More...]

Homily for 2nd Sunday of Lent: “Here I am”

I won’t be preaching this weekend — I’m giving a retreat elsewhere — but here’s my homily from three years ago for the same Sunday.  Dcn. G. [Click here for readings.] In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s the President of CBS News was a colorful and very gifted man by the name of Richard [Read More...]

Homily for February 26, 2012: 1st Sunday of Lent

[Click here for readings.] Last week, my wife and I went to see one of the movies that’s up for an Oscar this weekend: “The Artist.”  It’s a terrific movie, and something altogether different: a silent black-and-white film about the end of the silent movie era.  It focuses on a fabulously successful movie star of [Read More...]

Homily for February 22, 2012: Ash Wednesday

[Click here for readings] Click the green tab below to hear this homily as it was delivered at 8 a.m. Mass. When I was in high school, I had an English teacher by the name of Mrs. Comberiatti.   She was a quiet, tiny little woman, very young, but surprisingly strict.  I spent most of the [Read More...]

“Let us pray to set the world ablaze…”

Almost a year ago, we began the Easter season with a roaring fire at the door of the Church – we re-lived the creation of the universe, and it exploded into hundreds of points of light: small, bright candles that were held by every one in the church. We sang: “Christ Our Light, thanks be [Read More...]

Homily for February 19, 2012: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] Audio: click green arrow to listen. His name was Andrew Horton. Chances are, most New Yorkers would never have heard of him. But he gained some attention a couple of weeks ago for the tragic way in which he died. Firefighters discovered his body in the rubble of a subway tunnel [Read More...]

If you really don’t care about the Super Bowl…

…and you’re looking for a way to kill eight minutes, try this.  For the curious, here’s audio for this Sunday’s homily, as delivered at today’s 11:30 am Mass. Just click the green arrow. [Read more...]

Homily for February 5, 2012: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for the readings.] Sixty years ago, in the spring of 1952, Congress was in the middle of a long and controversial investigation into Communists in Hollywood.  The House Un-American Activities Committee was summoning writers, directors, and actors to Washington to get them to “name names” of people they knew with ties to the [Read More...]

My Catholic school: at the center of it all was Jesus

My parish is celebrating its centenary this year.  As part of the festivities, this weekend we had a special Mass at 1 p.m. honoring the school and its alumni.  Two of those alumni, Msgr. John McGuirl and Msgr. Ned Ryan, concelebrated.  Below is the homily I delivered for that event.  It’s a little rough; I [Read More...]

Can’t sleep? Try this: a recording of Sunday’s homily

I got an early start, and preached this weekend’s homily at Saturday’s 5 pm vigil Mass. You can hear it by clicking the arrow below. [Read more...]


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