Posts Tagged With: faith

Agree, Pray, and It Is Ours!

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on September 9, 2017 at 6:00PM and September  10, 2017 at 8:00AM and 10:30AM Masses

 

There is a commercial that has been running on TV recently.  A woman is looking carefully at a wall covered with dozens of different paint chip samples.  She is trying to figure out what color would look best in her family room.  As she is trying to make her decision her husband walks in the room and notices what she is doing, his face falls, and he quickly and quietly sneaks out of the room before she notices he is there.  Obviously, he wants nothing to do with choosing a paint color.

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Our Captain Needs No Boat

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on August 12, 2017 at 6:00PM and August 13, 2017 at 8:00AM and 10:30AM Masses

A man was fishing from his boat on a river when a bad storm came up.  The storm was so strong that it blew his boat against the rocks along the shore and the boat sank.  The man was swept down the river in the strong current and he realized that he would soon be swept over a waterfall that was several hundred feet high.  There was no way that he would survive if he went over the waterfall.

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Stop Fidgeting and Just Be

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on June 10, 2017 at 6:00PM and June 11, 2017 at 8:00AM and 10:30AM Masses

A husband and a wife were driving and agreed to stop to eat at the next town along the highway.  When an exit sign finally appeared they could not figure out how to pronounce the very long name of the town.  They were very hungry and it made them irritable, so they began to argue about who was pronouncing the name correctly.

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We Don’t Have to Find God

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on May 20, 2017 at 6:00PM and May 21, 2017 at 8:00AM and 10:30AM Masses

I recently went on retreat with the men of the parish.  Then my wife and I drove to Utah on vacation, really I drove 5,000 miles while my wife slept.  She awoke for the important things, like the incredible scenery, the points of interest, and when I was being introduced to my new friend, a Utah Highway Patrol officer.  Except for that bump in the road, it was good quality time with God.

It’s easy to find God on retreat or vacation.  You see God at work in your life; that he has blessed you with the time and resources to go away for a little while.  It’s quiet, peaceful, and unhurried so you have many opportunities to speak and listen to God in prayer.  You walk and drive with God through the beauty of his creation, whether it’s a beach, a park, the snow-covered Rocky Mountains in Colorado, or the colorful canyons in Utah.  You will even find God in other people.  It’s amazing how friendly everyone is when you share a rocky, steep, uneven, and possibly dangerous trail on the edge of a cliff a couple of thousand feet above a canyon.  Not only do people say “hello,” but they go out of their way to make sure you are OK, ask if you need help, and will even insist, “No, you go first.”

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How Different Is Our Shepherd

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on April 2, 2017 at 7:00PM Penance Service

One day a shepherd was out looking for one of his lost sheep. He found the sheep, but he was sad, because while looking for it, he lost the Bible that he always carried with him. A few weeks later, another sheep walked up to him carrying his beloved Bible in its mouth. The shepherd couldn’t believe his eyes. He took the precious book out of the sheep’s mouth, looked up to heaven and said, “It’s a miracle!”

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Our God Weeps for Us

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on April 1, 2017 at 4:00PM and April 2, 2017 at 8:00am Masses

A young couple was waking up the day after their wedding.  The young man asked his new wife if she could make some coffee.

She replied, “I can’t.”

He responded, “Why?  Don’t you know how?”

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What Makes it Fulfilling?

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on February 11, 2017 at 6:00PM and February 12, 2017 at 8:00am and 10:30am Masses

A young man stopped at a tuxedo shop to order a tuxedo for his upcoming wedding. He was a little nervous about getting married so as the tailor took his measurements, the young man asked him if he was married. “Yes, in a few weeks my wife and I will have been married 50 years,” the older man replied.

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Be-Attitude

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Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on January 28, 2017 at 4:00PM and January 29 at 8:00am and 10:30am Masses

A man was having another bad day, so he stopped at a restaurant to have dinner and a few glasses of his favorite beverage. As he waited for his dinner and for the waitress to return to refill his already empty glass, he looked at the walls of the restaurant which were covered with old items like road signs, hubcaps, and rusty tools like you would see at

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Give Yourself the Gift of Silence this Christmas

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Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on December 17, 2016 at 4:00PM and December 18, 2016 at 8:00am and 10:30am Masses

As you make your way over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house this Christmas, or wherever else you might be going, there is so much that will keep you occupied as you travel: a cellphone, a laptop, an iPad, an iPod, a video game, a DVD of your favorite holiday movie, the list goes on and on.  When I was growing up we didn’t have any fancy technology to keep us busy on long trips, we had the Be Quiet Game. The Be Quiet Game is simple: you do not talk or make any noise whatsoever for as long as you possibly can.  Any parent knows how hard this is for a child to do. But my parents convinced my sisters and me that this was one of the most exciting games that you could play and we would try really hard to be quiet longer than anyone else to win whatever the prize might be. Although now as I look back I realize that my parents were the true winners of this game, because for however long the game lasted, they enjoyed peace and quiet.

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My Beloved, Come Down!

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on October 29, 2016 at 6:00PM and October 30, 2016 at 8:00am and 10:30am Masses

There is a lot of preparation that goes into a homily: prayer, Bible study, checking biblical commentaries, and researching the writings of popes and saints. This time I included one unusual step that I never included before. I decided to climb a tree. I used to love to climb trees, but it has been decades since I have actually climbed a tree, and I found that it is not as easy as it used to be. There is a lot of talk about global warming, but I think that people are ignoring a much more serious issue – the ever increasing power of gravity. I used to be able to easily jump and touch a basketball rim, but I had to get out a ladder to climb our oak tree and the branches are much lower than a basketball rim. When I finally did get into the tree, it was difficult to climb very high and if I strayed too far from the trunk, the branches would begin to creak and bend toward the ground.

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Faith Is Not a Verb

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Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on October 1, 2016 at 6:00PM and October 2, 2016 at 8:00am and 10:30am Masses

There was a woman who was very open about her faith.  In fact she would often stand in the front of her home and shout “Praise the Lord!” to everyone who would pass by.  She lived next door to an atheist who was constantly angry about her constant talk about her faith.   Every time she would shout “Praise the Lord!” to someone, he would shout back, “There is no God!”

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Having Faith in the Slow Work of God

BULLETIN

Published as a column in the Holy Sepulcher Bulletin for October 6, 2013

Often during Sunday homilies priests and deacons do not cover the Old Testament readings in any detail, if at all, because the gospel is the most important reading and so it gets most, if not all, of the attention.  So I thought I would devote some time in the bulletin this week with an Old Testament reading that I believe speaks very well to us in 2013.  In today’s first reading we hear from Habakkuk (rhymes with “have a look”), a prophet who was upset about what was happening in the world around him.  Today’s reading, as in much of the short book of Habakkuk, we hear the prophet complaining very directly to God: Continue reading

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