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These podcasts feature homilies given at Mass and commentaries on various eclectic topics.
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Are you a very important person? Increasingly I think each of us answers that question with a resounding "yes"! But if we really wish to be a very important person, then we must make Christ our King by recognizing his image in every human being. Continue reading Homily for November 21, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
Using the parable of the Good Samaritan, he discusses the power of relationships, and our lost sense we are all in this together. Continue reading Fratelli Tutti: A Call to renewed relationships at The DePorres Pages.
Children's Grief Awareness Day is designed to help us all become more aware of the needs of grieving children — and of the benefits they obtain through the support of others. Children's Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity to make sure that grieving children receive the support they need. Continue reading Children’s Grief Awareness Day at The DePorres Pages.
Transcendent and Imminent. God is both. God is all-powerful and intimately close. As we approach the end of the Church year, we are reminded more and more of the all-powerful, transcendent God who saves. Continue reading Homily for November 19, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
Thank goodness. Thank goodness God has come to seek and save the lost. Jesus reveals to each of us a God who has a relentless desire to save each of us. Continue reading Homily for November 17, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
How much will you invest in Christ? Today's gospel tells us our investment in Christ must be total if we are to share in the master's joy. While not completely applicable today, the first reading gives one example of a relationship that requires a total investment. What will you do for Jesus? Continue reading Homily for November 15, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
Do I think I could be a martyr? I don't know. Yet, I suspect most martyrs did not know when the threat to their life was not imminent. But, when the choice was loyalty to Jesus or their life, the choice was clear. Continue reading Homily for November 12, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
Duty and obligation play an important role in the Christian life, but they are the starting point, not the goal. As Jesus reminds us today, duty becomes more authentic when it is motivated by love. Continue reading Homily for November 10, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
Antiques Roadshow, a PBS show that provided hoarders with the hope of fortune was about comparing an item to the standard of an antique. Today's first reading tells us that we should compare all we do to the wisdom of God. The gospel tells us that this means always being ready for the presence of God however it appears. Continue reading Homily for November 8, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
I find today's gospel so comforting. Jesus tells us that there is no sin so grave God cannot forgive it. He searches us out, he seeks us, he showers us with grace. There is nothing God desires more than our salvation. Continue reading Homily for November 5, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
As I write this on the morning after the elections in the United States, the air is filled with uncertainty. And being so divided in the United States, makes this time of uncertainty very stressful. Continue reading Commentary: Take a deep breath at The DePorres Pages.
A plague. A Church in need of reform. Dioceses without bishops for decades. An assassination attempt. No wonder St. Charles Borromeo was described by a biographer as "an austere, dedicated, humorless and uncompromising personality." But with so much uncertainty in our world today, he could be the perfect saint. And the readings remind us that the chaos of our lives becomes ordered when our faith is the priority. Continue reading Homily for November 4, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
Today we celebrate Saint Martin de Porres, a 16th and 17th century saint from Peru. He was known for many things, but most for his charity. On this election day, let us ask for his prayers for an increase in charity, and seek to imitate his holiness. Continue reading Homily for November 3, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
Today we celebrate saints. And guess what? Because of your baptism, you too have the call to holiness. Whether you are a teenager like Carlos Acutis, or a martyr like Blessed James Miller, a parish priest like Fr. Michael McGivney, parents like those of Saint Therese, or a woman seeking a new life after the death of her husband, you too are called to holiness. Continue reading Homily for November 1, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
In Saint Paul's letter to the Ephesians, we read about a way of seeing the world. On Tuesday it was the total, other-centered love of marriage. Today, Paul uses the analogies of items we wear as a way we are to see all things through the eyes of faith. Continue reading Homily for October 29, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
I get the sense that many preachers avoid talking about this passage of Ephesians, for the focus on wives being subordinate to their husbands. But, Paul is making much larger claims than simply subordination. All too often, the command to husbands is not emphasized. They are to love their wives as Christ loves the Church. And that is a total, other-centered love that is awesome indeed. Continue reading Homily for October 27, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
Be not afraid. On the day of an optional memorial for Saint Pope John Paul II, I am reminded of this phrase which he said so often. The bible quotes God as saying this phrase, or some variation of it, repeatedly. If there was ever a time when we were called to remember that we are in God's presence always, and need not be afraid, it is now. Continue reading Homily for October 22, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
One phrase from the gospel that comes up more than a few times is the admonition to be watchful. Be aware. Be awake. See things as they are. Keep your eyes out for Jesus. The presence of God is always in our midst, though sometimes we fail to see it. It can be for many reasons. We may not see God because of the hustle and bustle of our lives. We may have too many distractions in our lives. We may not train our minds and souls and hearts to see God. But God is always around us. And all we need to do is the watch and be ready. Continue reading Homily for Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
How providential we have the gospel reading this weekend about paying taxes to Caesar. We are a little more than two weeks away from the elections, and we have had the confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett, nominee to be a Supreme Court justice. Just what is the relationship between the state government (by state we simply mean secular) and the Church? A little background this week on this concept. Continue reading Going Behind the Word: The relationship between Church and State at The DePorres Pages.
The message of the Bible: God Loves You. Over and over again, Jesus sought to remind us that God loves us. If we are sinners, God loves us by forgiving us. If we are on the peripheries, God loves us by spending time with us. If we feel alone, God loves us by reminding us we are always in the presence of God. Today we celebrate Saint Teresa of Avila, whose life demonstrated the power of opening us to this loving God. Continue reading Homily for October 15, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
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