Homily for March 5, 2014: Ash Wednesday

The other day, I read an interview with a woman in Lebanon, Sister Micheline Lattouf.  Sister Micheline belongs to the Good Shepherd Sisters. Her flock consists of men, women and children who are—literally—running for their lives. They are refugees. Most of them are Muslim. Many are from Syria. By one account, over 2.2 million people [Read More...]

Homily for March 2, 2014: 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Back in the 1950s a popular game show was called “Who Do You Trust?” It’s best remembered now as the show that first introduced Johnny Carson. These days, if you asked the question “Who Do You Trust?” the answer might be: no one. In 1972, half of Americans surveyed – 50% — said they believed [Read More...]

Homily for February 16, 2014: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Photo: Patrik Giardino / New York Times With the eyes of the world focused on the Olympics in Russia, last week the New York Times profiled a record-breaking international athlete. She’s not in the Olympics. But she is, in every sense, a phenomenon. Her name is Olga Kotolko. Olga grew up in a large family [Read More...]

Homily for February 9, 2014: World Marriage Day

Last year, my wife and I went out to dinner to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary.  The waitress seemed impressed. She asked us, “What’s your secret?” I smiled and told her: “Patience.” Then my wife chimed in: “And prayer.” And now you know what it takes to be married to me. That explains why my [Read More...]

Homily for February 2, 2014: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

I found myself in Times Square Friday afternoon, and got quite a shock. It seems there’s a big football game this weekend. And a lot of people decided to come here to see it. The neighborhood Friday was absolutely mobbed. Tourists, media, vendors—it was incredible. The city has definitely caught Super Bowl fever. There have [Read More...]

Homily for January 26, 2014: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

This weekend, I’m in Seneca, South Carolina, preparing to direct a parish mission at St. Paul the Apostle parish. I’m preaching at all the Masses. Here’s my homily for the occasion. DGK. +++ Last week, The New York Times had a story that probably shocked a few people. It was a column by Nick Bilton, [Read More...]

Homily for January 19, 2014: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Last week, I came across the remarkable story of a doctor who makes house calls to people who don’t have houses. His name is Dr. Jim Withers, of Pittsburgh.  Most nights, you won’t find him in the ER or in the operating room.  You’ll find him on the streets, a stethoscope around his neck, hunting [Read More...]

Homily for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord: “We are transformed”

From my homily for this feast from 2013:  At home, I have a little green book that someone gave me as an ordination gift: it’s the Rite of Baptism for Children, with all the prayers and readings for the sacrament. In the back, there’s a notation I scribbled on the inside cover: “Margaret Flanagan.  July 1, 2007.  [Read More...]

Homily for January 5, 2014: Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

[Click here for readings.] For those who may be keeping track, this marks the 12th day of Christmas – so there is still time to go out and get those 12 drummers drumming. This is Epiphany Sunday, and the star of the gospel is – literally – the star. It is the original GPS device, [Read More...]

“The rest is still unwritten”: a homily for January 1, 2014, Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

From the vault: my homily for tomorrow’s feast, from 2008… +++ Years ago, my wife and I decided, just once, to spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square. We weren’t brave enough to stand outside in the cold with noisemakers and funny hats. Instead, we got a package at the Marriott, and had dinner in [Read More...]


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