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...]

Homily for October 22, 2011: Blessed John Paul II

[Note: my parish is celebrating a special "high" mass Saturday to mark the first Feast of Blessed John Paul II.] [Click here for the readings] By a happy coincidence, this gospel touches on a theme that was so vital to Pope John Paul.  In the parable, a tree is given one more chance to bring [Read More...]

Homily for October 16, 2011: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

For the last several days, we’ve been hearing a lot about the demonstrations being staged in lower Manhattan and around the country: Occupy (Fill in the Blank) – Occupy Wall Street, Los Angeles, Washington…thousands of people taking to the streets to express their frustration over the economy and anger at Wall Street.   It remains to [Read More...]

Homily for October 9, 2011: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This past Wednesday, the world lost a giant. But I don’t mean Steve Jobs. In all the news coverage given to his passing, all the accolades about his life, much of the media overlooked another life that didn’t get as much attention. But I want to give it that attention this morning. I’m speaking of [Read More...]

Homily for October 2, 2011: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings] Since this is Respect Life Sunday, and the beginning of Respect Life month, I wanted to talk about one woman who did respect life – and her choice has made a difference in the life of virtually every person in this church. Her name is Joanne Schiebel.  In 1954, she was [Read More...]

Homily for September 25, 2011: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings] Here at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, it’s customary to remember and honor the martyrs of different cultures. This weekend, we’ll have a special mass commemorating a Filipino martyr, Lorenzo Ruiz.  We also have special masses for the Korean Martyrs and the Chinese martyrs. Last week, I learned something remarkable about [Read More...]

Homily for September 18, 2011: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for the readings.] This Sunday, we mark Catechetical Sunday – an opportunity to celebrate, pray for and bless those men and women who use their time, their talent and their love to teach the faith. If you think you have a good idea of who these people are, think again. About 10 years [Read More...]

Homily for September 11, 2011: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for the readings] Anyone who saw the 2002 Super Bowl saw something unforgettable. And it had nothing to do with sports. It was held in New Orleans, in the Super Dome.  The half time entertainment was Bono and U-2. There must have been 100-thousand people in the stadium, cheering wildly.  Bono stepped onto [Read More...]

Homily for September 4, 2011: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for the readings] Not long ago, I read a short essay by a Protestant minister named Lillian Daniel.  She described an experience that a lot of us in the clergy have had at one time or another: being on an airplane, striking up a conversation with a stranger, and then hearing that person [Read More...]

Homily for August 28, 2011: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

You may have heard: we’re about to get a little rain. I’ve been following the stories in the paper and on TV.  They’re encouraging people to be prepared.  I made the mistake of going to Walgreens last night.  It was packed with people.   Stores around the area report that they have run out of batteries, [Read More...]


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