Boston’s O’Malley: “Say no to pessimism”

Some great stuff here, from Cardinal Seán O’Malley’s Chrism Mass homily yesterday: We gather for the annual oil change and tune up. The oils are the tools we use in the ministry we share, but just as important is our own tune up as we gather as presbyterate to recommit ourselves to follow Christ and [Read More…]

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Homily for April 13, 2014: Palm Sunday

Back in the 1960s, there was a TV show called “That Was The Week That Was,” which satirized current events.  In many ways, it was a precursor to “Saturday Night Live” or “The Daily Show.” Well, what we are beginning today will commemorate the ultimate “week that was.” I’d like to take just a moment [Read More…]

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Homily for April 6, 2014: 5th Sunday of Lent

Several days ago, we got a glimpse of the papacy that made history—something that was both surprising and beautiful. After leading a televised penance service at St. Peter’s, Pope Francis walked down a side aisle to begin hearing confessions. He passed an open confessional, with a priest quietly waiting inside, and got an idea. He [Read More…]

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Homily for March 30, 2014: 4th Sunday of Lent

If you asked me, “who is the most influential Catholic woman in the world right now,” the answer would be easy. Sister Cristina. Last week, this 25-year-old Ursuline nun from Sicily, Sister Cristina, appeared on Italy’s version of “The Voice,” the popular singing competition show. If you’ve seen it on NBC, you know how it [Read More…]

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“How can this be?”: a homily for The Annunciation

From the vault, here’s part of a homily from Advent in 2008, with some thoughts on the feast we celebrate on March 25: +++ How many of us have been blindsided by events we never expected – a twist on  life’s path that we never saw coming, for better or for worse — and asked  [Read More…]

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Homily for March 23, 2014: 3rd Sunday of Lent

In late February, I received an email from a woman in the Michigan. She had stumbled across my blog and she wanted to share something with me. She told me she was born and raised Catholic, and was educated by Dominicans, but had left the faith when she was young. She ended up joining the [Read More…]

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“Where is my confidence? In the Lord? Or am I a pagan, who confides in things, in idols I have made?”

Once again, in his daily homily, Pope Francis touches on a favorite theme and image: idols.  (Are your ears burning, Elizabeth?) From the Vatican:  “The one who trusts in himself, in his own richness or ideologies is destined for unhappiness. The one who trusts in the Lord, on the other hand, bears fruit even of [Read More…]

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Homily for March 16, 2014: 2nd Sunday of Lent

Our parish will be showing a video for the Annual Catholic Appeal this Sunday. Homilies will be brief. Here’s my homily, however, from the 2nd Sunday of Lent in 2008.  How is your Lent going? Right about now is when the newness and fervor start to wear off. We’ve left the ashes in the bathroom [Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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