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These podcasts feature homilies given at Mass and commentaries on various eclectic topics.
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Do not be afraid. I do not know how many times this phrase, or phrases like it are in the bible, but according to one source it is 70. I do not know whether this is true, but I do know that time and again the bible encourages us not to be afraid. Continue reading Today’s Prayer: June 9, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
You warned me God. You still warn me. You let me know time and again how important it is to listen to you. But I do not. I turn away. I sin. Continue reading Today’s Prayer: June 8, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
Can you imagine a Fortune 500 Company making a list of qualities for a CEO and using words like meek? Peacemaker? Poor in Spirit? I cannot imagine that would happen. But the cost of ignoring the Beatitudes is higher than we might think. When we follow them, we are indeed blessed. Continue reading Homily: The World and the anti-Gospel at The DePorres Pages.
Today we recall the great truth about our God. Three persons. One God. Trinity. And there is no point trying to explain it. We only know this truth about God because God revealed it to us. Continue reading Today’s Prayer: June 7, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
Proclaim the word. These are the words of an evangelist, one who is committed to the proposition that knowing Jesus is more important than anything else. Continue reading Today’s Prayer: June 6, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
I remember a homily one time where the priest said something like this: “If the gospel does not make you uncomfortable at times, then perhaps you have never heard the gospel.” Continue reading Today’s Prayer: June 5, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
There may not be many of you who know Saint Peter of Verona, sometimes called Saint Peter Martyr. He is no longer celebrated in the Church calendar, but the Dominican Order still celebrates him on their calendar, and his feast day is today, June 4. Continue reading Today’s Prayer: June 4, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
There is a tendency in our country today to refute anything we disagree with by mocking the argument. We express the opinion we do not hold by referring to the most ridiculous version of it. That is what the Sadducees did in today's gospel. Questioning to arrive at truth is the goal of true seeking. Continue reading Homily: The bold power of a relationship with Jesus at The DePorres Pages.
The challenges of the gospel are bold. The way of life demanded of us if we are to follow Jesus are not easy. And becoming a follower of Jesus requires that we are “all in”, that is, that we dedicate our lives in imitation of his. Continue reading Today’s Prayer: June 3, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
I grew up in one of the whitest states in the United States. In fact, I believe for much of my childhood it was the whitest state in the United States. As I think back over my school days, the only person of color I remember in my school was a foreign exchange student from South Africa. Interestingly, it was in the days when South Africa still had the Apartheid system. He was colored, not black, because his ancestors came from India. Continue reading Commentary: It starts with trying to understand at The DePorres Pages.
It does not take long as a teacher to discover when you are being set up. While I do not have children of my own, I suspect it is the same for parents and their children too. For teachers it shows itself when a student asks you what you think of their essay. You know instinctively they did not get the grade they expected. For parents I am guessing it is embodied in lines like, “Well Mom said” or “Dad said”. Continue reading Today’s Prayer: June 2, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
Genesis 3:15 is sometimes referred to as the “protogospel”. That is, the first gospel. “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers.” In other words, this is the first promise of a redeemer. And this promise tells us the redeemer will be an offspring of the woman, of Mary, the Mother of God. Continue reading Today’s Prayer: June 1, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
At the end of Saint Matthew’s gospel is the Great Commission: Go, teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. And in Saint John’s gospel we learn the way in which this is possible. Jesus sends us forth, all of us with the breath of the Holy Spirit. Continue reading Today’s Prayer: May 31, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
Saint Paul is the victim of injustice. Held by the Romans, for charges brought by the Jewish leadership. Charges brought about because of fear and jealousy. Even the miraculous deeds performed in their sight does not counter the worst of human emotions. Continue reading Today’s Prayer: May 30, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
Peter and Judas. It has been observed by many that both Peter and Judas sinned greatly against Jesus by betraying and abandoning him when Jesus needed them most. Yet Judas is remembered as a traitor, while Peter is remembered as the first pope. Why the difference? Continue reading Today’s Prayer: May 29, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
It is no secret, especially to those who keep an eye open for studies on faith participation, that these days for the Christian faith present a challenge. It is simple. For more and more people, especially the young, Christian faith is simply not a factor in their lives. Continue reading Today’s Prayer: May 28, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
It was once said to me that life is a series of beginnings and endings. We start something, but invariably it comes to an end. We finish something and can find ourselves sad until we begin something new. Continue reading Today’s Prayer: May 27, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
When everything works according to plan, hard work is possible. We can travel incredible distances in short times because of planes, cars, trains and busses. We can lift heavy objects with the help of machines. Information can be processed faster than our ancestors could have imagined thanks to technology. Even at great distances, we can see and hear those we talk with on a phone or computer. Continue reading Today’s Prayer: May 26, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
I played a dangerous game in high school. I compared my individual talents to others, and I found myself lacking. That is because for each individual talent I had, there was always another person who was better. Rather than being able to see the many blessings God gave me, I focused on what I did not have. In today's first reading, the apostle Paul shows how being baptized helps each of us to see the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Continue reading Homily: Recognizing the Gifts of the Spirit: May 25, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
When I was in college, there was a program, popular in parishes and other settings, called “Life in the Spirit Seminars.” It was largely a program that encouraged people to participate in the charismatic renewal by highlighting the importance of a relationship with the Holy Spirit, and the reception of the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the New Testament by Saint Paul. The culmination of the program was to be “baptized in the spirit.” Continue reading Today’s Prayer: May 25, 2020 at The DePorres Pages.
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