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...]

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...]

Homily for January 29, 2012: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] Two years ago, a study at Columbia University found some alarming information that people should hear – if, in fact, they can hear.  It’s about noise. The study found that just walking the streets of New York, or even working in some offices in this city, can put you at risk [Read More...]

Homily for January 15, 2012: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] “What are you looking for?” That question at the heart of the gospel is one that some of us need a lifetime to answer.  And the answer can change.  Some of us are looking for a good job, a spouse, a family, a fulfilling career.  Some of us may be looking [Read More...]

Homily for January 1, 2012: Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God

[Click here for readings] A lot of us had our travel interrupted over the holidays – flight delays, cancellations, weather problems.  But none, I think, can compare with the story of Msgr. Steve Rossetti. Msgr. Rossetti is a priest from the Diocese of Syracuse.  He teaches at Catholic University but every couple years, he goes [Read More...]

Homily for December 18, 2011: 4th Sunday of Advent

[Click here for readings] Someone once told me that this event we have just heard in the gospel has been depicted in art more than any other in scripture, with the possible exception of the crucifixion. I’m not surprised.  The Annunciation stirs the imagination in powerful ways – the human intersecting with the Divine in [Read More...]

Homily for December 11, 2011: 3rd Sunday of Advent

[Click here for the readings] This weekend in Sacramento, they inducted several people into the California Hall of Fame – including, the Beach Boys, Magic Johnson and now, for the first time, a Catholic priest.  His name is Fr. Gregory Boyle. Fr. Greg grew up in Los Angeles.  In 1984, he was ordained a Jesuit [Read More...]

Extreme Makeover: homily edition

[After cobbling together this week's homily -- which is much shorter than usual, because the Mass will include the 15-minute-long Rite of Welcome in my parish -- I realized that I also need to preach at another Mass Sunday morning.  D'oh.  I decided to revisit my original homily, revising and expanding it.  The results are [Read More...]

Homily for November 27, 2011: 1st Sunday of Advent

[Click here for the readings.] If I had to name the most inspiring hour of television I’ve seen this past year, it would be no contest: it was Diane Sawyer’s interview earlier this month with Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. To see and hear Gabby Giffords, to see how alive she was after so many had literally [Read More...]

Homily for November 1, 2011: All Saints Day

If you find yourself in Los Angeles, in between going on tours to see the homes of the stars or dining at Spago, take a side trip to 555 Temple Street.  There, in a corner of the city that’s a little off the beaten track, you’ll find a home for some other stars – the [Read More...]


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