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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Listening to God - Third Sunday of Lent - March 15th, 2020

A seminarian was on a secular college campus and he approach a group of people.  When he reached them, they were kind of tense and quiet as they stared at him.  He said to them, “I have a very important question to ask you, if you were a hot dog, would you eat yourself?”  They laughed.

After this initial question, he was past the tension and the group of people were more relaxed and willing to talk to him.  He continued the conversation causally and built up some rapport with them.  Once he had some level of relationship and trust, he shifted the conversation to more serious things like dating practices and going to church on Sunday.  Notice that he didn’t start with the serious things but first tried to build some kind of relationship.

We can see Jesus doing something similar with the woman at the well. Listen to my homily to learn how to better listen to God!


Listening to God - Third Sunday of Lent - March 15th, 2020

Readings:  EX 17:3-7; PS 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9.; ROM 5:1-2, 5-8; JN 4:5-42


This photo of Thanksgiving Point is courtesy of Tripadvisor

Friday, March 6, 2020

Lies of the Devil - First Sunday of Lent - March 1st, 2020

...After two years as a seminarian, while I was on retreat, God revealed to me a lie, one that I had believed since childhood.  A lie so deep within me that I didn’t know that it was there. ... I don’t know with certainty exactly when or how I started to believe the lie or where it came from.  Maybe I as a little boy, while trying to understand the world around me, I came up with it myself.  It’s also possible that lie was planted in me by Satan or one of His fallen angels. ... Listen to my homily to learn more about the lies of the Devil.


Lies of the Devil - First Sunday of Lent - March 1st, 2020

Eve and Adam fall for the lies of Satan (the Devil)

Satan (the Devil) tries to tempt Jesus

The site of 2 of the 3 Temptations is believed to be near Jericho, Israel

 Traditional Site of 2 out of 3 Temptations of Jesus in the Desert

Friday, February 28, 2020

One Year Ago... We went to the Holy Land!

One year ago I was blessed to lead a group of parishioners to the Holy Land.  Below are links to the blog pages that summarize each day.  Each blog page includes my homily or reflection for one of the holy sites.

Mt. Tabor - Site of the Transfiguration

Holy Land Photo Album

February 18th, 2019 - Departure for the Holy Land

February 19th, 2019 - Arrival in the Holy Land

February 20th, 2019 - First Holy Site - Garden of Gethsemane

February 21st, 2019 - Bethlehem - Birth Place of Jesus

February 21st, 2019 - Origin of the Holy Hour - Garden of Gethsemane

February 22nd, 2019 - Calvary - Site of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

February 23rd, 2019 - Tomb of Jesus - Location of the Resurrection

February 24th, 2019 - Tomb of Lazarus & Jordan River

February 25th, 2019 - Mount Beatitude and neighboring sites

February 26th, 2019 - Transfiguration & Annunciation

February 27th, 2019 - Cana, Mt. Carmel, & Departure for USA

February 28th, 2019 - Arrival in St. Louis filled with gratitude

Ash Wednesday - February 26th, 2020

Today is Ash Wednesday and for us placing ashes on our foreheads to mark the beginning of Lent is normal.  I wonder what others might think.  Sometimes those who aren’t familiar with this tradition, such as non-Catholics at work, at school, in stores, and many other places might try to help us out by saying, “Do you know that you have some dirt on your head?”  At which point you might suddenly remember it’s Ash Wednesday and this day is the beginning of Lent.  It’s an opportunity to share the Good News about Jesus Christ and our Season of Lent.  But what’s Lent all about?
Lent is a time to refocus on our relationship with God and our pursuit of Heaven.  It is a time to prepare for Easter by making more room in our hearts for Jesus Christ.  In a special way we are to recall how we have gone astray by sin and repent.  We are to turn our hearts away from the things the distract us from God and seek to be with Him forever.
Listen to my homily to learn more.


Ash Wednesday - February 26th, 2020

Readings:  Jl 2:12-18; Ps 51:3-4, 5-6AB, 12-13, 14 AND 17; 2 Cor 5:20-6:2; Mt 6:1-6, 16-18


Photo by Ahna Ziegler on Unsplash

Monday, February 24, 2020

Lent and Love - 7th Sunday of OT - February 23rd, 2020

I don’t know about you but sometimes it seems like Lent comes so quickly that I haven’t planned very well for it.  I can think of many years where I come up with my plan for Lent about a week into it or even worse where I just kind of drift through Lent without really taking advantage of the opportunity.  In order to really have a good Lent we need to understand what’s it’s purpose.  Lent is a time where we are to prepare ourselves for Easter.  It’s a time to make room in our hearts for God.  All too often we can get caught up in the busy-ness of life and neglect our spiritual lives.  Lent is a time to refocus on God and our pursuit of Heaven, so that we can be ready to celebrate His victory over death with the joy that only God can provide...  Listen to my homily to learn more!


Lent and Love - 7th Sunday of OT - February 23rd, 2020



Having trouble figuring out what to do for Lent?  Be SMART about it...
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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Choose Eternal Life! - 6th Sunday of OT - February 16th, 2020

One of the great blessings of being made in the image of God is our ability to choose.  Our first reading points to this reality when it says, “Before man are life and death, good and evil, whichever he chooses shall be given him.”  What are we choosing?  God offers us eternal life, but He won’t force it upon us.  He gives us the grace to help us choose to do good.  Listen to my homily to learn more.


Choose Eternal Life! - 6th Sunday of OT - February 16th, 2020

Readings:  SIR 15:15-20; PS 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34; 1 COR 2:6-10; MT 5:17-37

Choose eternal life!  Choose to cooperate with the grace of God and follow His commandments.


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Why We Go to Mass - The Presentation of the Lord - February 2nd, 2020

When I first returned to the Mass after having been away from the faith for about a decade, I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do, but I knew God wanted me at Mass.  I realized one reason to go is to grow in the faith.  That was hard at first because I was too busy trying to figure out things like having the right posture. 
However, with time I was able to get past that, but I still struggled to pay attention.  During the readings I would often lose focus and have no idea what was read.  The readings do have lots of great information and can help us grow in the faith though.
Listen to my homily to learn about two more reasons to go to Mass.


Why We Go to Mass - The Presentation of the Lord - February 2nd, 2020

Readings:  MAL 3:1-4; Ps 24:7, 8, 9, 10; HEB 2:14-18; LK 2:22-40 OR 2:22-32

Easter Vigil Mass 2019

Listening to God - Third Sunday of Lent - March 15th, 2020

A seminarian was on a secular college campus and he approach a group of people.  When he reached them, they were kind of tense and quiet as...