The first homily of Pope Francis

Complete text, via the Vatican News site: In these three readings I see that there is something in common: it is movement. In the first reading, movement is the journey [itself]; in the second reading, movement is in the up-building of the Church. In the third, in the Gospel, the movement is in [the act [Read More...]

Homily for February 17, 2013: 1st Sunday of Lent

[Click here for readings.] This was the kind of news all of us carnivores love – but it couldn’t have come at a worse time. On Ash Wednesday, a hamburger chain called Jake’s Wayback Burgers announced the introduction of a new hamburger called the Triple Triplenine-patty burger. Nine hamburger patties, nine slices of cheese, lettuce [Read More...]

Homily for February 13, 2013: Ash Wednesday

Monday afternoon, somebody sent me a message on Facebook that put the last 48 hours into perspective. This year, he wrote, the winner of the “What-are-you-giving-up-for-Lent?” prize goes to the pope. I don’t think anyone would disagree. As I’ve watched this story unfold for the last two days, and read commentaries and analysis, it becomes [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday: look at the ashes, but think of the fire

As we prepare for Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, here’s something from the vault: my homily from Ash Wednesday 2009.  GK +++ A true story: a few years ago, I was serving as a Eucharistic Minister on Ash Wednesday, and I stood over there during communion, holding the chalice filled with the Precious [Read More...]

Homily for February 10, 2013: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] For the last 24 hours or so, besides being buried in snow, we were buried in news about the snow. Weathermen were breathlessly tracking the storm. Among the things they liked to talk about were OTHER storms—blizzards that had blitzed New York in the last century. One of them was the [Read More...]

Homily for February 3, 2013: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said there are no second acts in American life.  But he never met Abby Johnson. Some of you may have heard of her. Abby Johnson worked for eight years for Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas.  She started out as an escort, helping women into the clinic, walking them past protestors—sometimes encountering [Read More...]

Homily for January 27, 2013: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 [Click here for readings.] So, how are those New Year’s Resolutions going? Back on January 1, Forbes posted an article on their website saying that about 40% of Americans make resolutions for the new year —but only 8% of those people end up keeping them. And usually after about a month – meaning any day [Read More...]

Homily for January 20, 2013: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for the readings] Every year on the anniversary of 9/11, I find myself thinking of 9/12: September 12th, 2001. The day after. Waking up. Looking out the window. Seeing the beautiful late summer sky that morning, just like the morning before. From all appearances, nothing had changed. But, in fact, everything had changed. [Read More...]

Homily for January 13, 2013: Baptism of the Lord

[Click here for readings.] 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.  First baby [Read More...]

Homily for January 6, 2013: Epiphany

This time of year, a lot of us are sending and receiving Christmas letters – those detailed accounts of how we’ve spent the last year. As interesting as they sometimes are, they are basically intended to tell the reader three things: 1. Our kids are smarter 2. Our dog is cuter 3. Our vacation was [Read More...]


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