Posts Tagged With: Prayer

Clearing Away the Junk in Our Interior Castles

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on March 14, 2016 at 7:00PM Penance Service

Happy first day of Lent!  Today actually is the first day of Lent… for Orthodox Christians, who celebrate Easter on a different day than we do, this year May 1.  They do not have Ash Wednesday, they start their Lent with what is known as Clean Monday, and it is a national holiday in Greece.  This first day of Lent, this Clean Monday, is reserved for two things: 1) Clean your home, to clean your castle so to speak.  The idea of spring cleaning can be traced back to this Orthodox tradition of Clean Monday.  2) Go to confession, to clean your interior castle so to speak.  In this way the faithful begin their Lent renewed in Christian love, mercy, and forgiveness.

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Don’t Give Up, God is at Work!

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on August 9, 2015 at the 8:00am and 10:30am Masses

A magician worked for a cruise line and because each trip the ship made had a completely new audience, the magician did the same tricks over and over. Now the captain had a parrot that watched every magic show and quickly figured out how each trick was done. So during each performance the parrot would shout out how each trick was done. “The rabbit is in a different hat under the table.” “He was hiding the ace of spades up his sleeve.” Needless to say the magician was furious because every show was ruined. But it was the captain’s parrot and so he could do nothing.

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Our Priceless Relationship with Jesus

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on March 24, 2015 at 7:00PM Penance Service

I was at the gas station one day and a man came up to me and gave me a one million dollar bill. It’s not real of course, but it looks real. It even has serial numbers and Grover Cleveland on it. I framed it not only because it looks so real, but so that I can always remember my encounter with the man who gave it to me.

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After the Ashes Are Washed Away

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on February 18, 2015 on Ash Wednesday at the 5:00PM Liturgy of the Word Service

After Mass this morning a woman told me that a girl from the school was in the restroom attempting to make the cross on her forehead as big as the cross her classmate had on her forehead. “Your cross is so nice and big and mine is so little,” the girl said. So she decided that the best thing to do would be to use water to help make the cross bigger, but all she succeeded to do was to wash it off.

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Prayer in the Dark Chapel

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Reflection during Diocese of Pittsburgh Deacon and Spouse Retreat September 12, 2014

Tonight I went alone to the chapel to pray before Night Prayer was scheduled to begin.  As I entered it was very dark, only two faint lights in the rear of the chapel and the sanctuary candle in front near the tabernacle were the only lights available.  I had come from the evening social in the bright dining room to the chapel where I found myself stumbling to find a pew in the dark.  But I did settle in place for what I thought would be thirty minutes or so of me feeling uncomfortable and alone in the dark.

However, as I began to pray I noticed that I was not alone, there were other human forms around me!

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