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...]

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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...]

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Homily for July 1, 2012: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] If you’re looking for an improbable heroine for the Catholic faith, you couldn’t find anyone more improbable than 22-year-old Leah Libresco. Leah grew up Long Island.  Her family had no real religion to speak of. And it wasn’t until she went to Yale that for the first time she actually got [Read More...]

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Homily for June 24, 2012: Nativity of John the Baptist — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

[Click here for readings] For audio of this homily, click the green arrow below. Last week, we had a parish council meeting, and Msgr. Funaro made an announcement that truly shocked people.  Some people actually gasped. “Time is really slipping away,” Msgr. Funaro said.  “Fr. Anthony reminded me the other night: It’s only six months [Read More...]

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Bishop Coyne to Catholic communicators: “Always take the high road”

Last night, I had the great privilege of serving as deacon alongside Bishop Christopher Coyne as he celebrated Mass for the Catholic Media Conference in Indianapolis.  His excellent homily focused a great deal on Christian aspects of communication, and prompted a lot of enthusiastic comment at the dinner afterwords.  Here’s a key part: As one who is [Read More...]

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Reboot: new homily for June 17, 2012, 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

At 2 o’clock on Saturday afternoon, while riding the subway, it hit me: the words of Paul’s letter — “we walk by faith, not by sight” — could apply to the story of Nik Wallenda. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I wanted to preach about this.  I got home, clicked [Read More...]

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Homily for June 17, 2012: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for the readings] This year, as we celebrate our parish centennial, we’ve been marking key dates – the day of the groundbreaking, the day of the first census and so on.  We’ve been big on anniversaries, commemorating our beginnings. Well, here’s another anniversary, coming up later this summer. It goes back further than [Read More...]

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Homily for June 10, 2012: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

[Click here for readings] For audio of this homily, from the 11:30 am Mass, click the green arrow below. Last week, we marked the anniversary of D-Day, the invasion that began the end of World War II.  If you go on the Internet, you can find some remarkable stories of Catholic priests who ministered to [Read More...]

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Mary’s journey: a homily for The Visitation

For the Feast of the Visitation, here’s a portion of my homily from 2007 from the Solemnity of the Assumption, which used the same gospel reading. +++ The gospel today begins with a journey. “Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste…” This time of year, I think, a lot of us [Read More...]

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My Pentecost: tongues of flame, and the heat of a minor crucible

So, how was your Pentecost?  Here’s a window into the world of a deacon — or at least, this particular deacon. Last Sunday, my pastor and I agreed that he would preach the “high” Mass on Pentecost, since at that Mass he was going to be doing the confirmations for about a dozen adults.  (My [Read More...]

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