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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Perdonar Siempre (Always Forgive) - 24th Sunday in OT - September 12th, 2020 (Spanish Mass Homily)

En Ascension tenemos una misa en español cada segundo sábado del mes. Rotamos quién celebra esta Misa. Aunque puedo celebrar la Misa en español, es solo después de mucha práctica. Esta es la primera vez que grabo mi homilía en español. Espero seguir mejorando con el paso del tiempo. A continuación se muestra una grabación de la homilía tanto en español como en inglés.

At Ascension we have a Spanish Mass every second Saturday of the month.  We rotate who celebrates this Mass.  Although I am able to celebrate Mass in Spanish, it is only after a lot of practice.  This is the first time I recorded my Spanish homily.  I hope to continue to improve as time goes on.  Below is a recording of the homily both in Spanish and in English.

Perdonar Siempre - Homilía de la misa en español para Domingo 24 en TO - 12 de septiembre de 2020

Always Forgive - Spanish Mass Homily for 24th Sunday in OT - September 12th, 2020 

Readings:  Sir 27:30-28:7; Ps 103; Rom 14:7-9; and Mt 18:21-35

Monday, August 31, 2020

Carrying Our Crosses - 22nd Sunday in OT - August 30th, 2020

In February 2019, I was blessed to lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  We went to many places in the Holy Land where the events in the Bible actually happened.  While we were in Jerusalem, we took the opportunity to walk the Way of the Cross.  We started near the site believed to be where Jesus was condemned by pilot, then we walked through Jerusalem carrying a large wooden cross.  We had at least 5 people carrying it at a time, and I was leading the Stations of the Cross as we stopped at different locations that commemorated those events.  We couldn’t take the wooden Cross all the way to the top of Calvary because Calvary is inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. 

Although we couldn’t take the cross all the way to Calvary, we did carry it most of the way.  Why did we do that? ... Listen to my homily and find out!

Readings:  Jer 20:7-9; Ps 63; Rom 12:1-2; Mt 16:21-27

Key Themes:  Good out of Evil, Carrying Our Crosses

Carrying a cross through the streets of Jerusalem
February 2019

Excerpt from homily:

Whatever difficulty, challenge, suffering, or burden we face, we can unite that to the sufferings of Jesus Christ for a greater good as we carry that cross.  Some crosses can be small and easy to endure, like a paper cut.  Others can be devastating and difficult to comprehend like the terrorist attacks that took place on 9/11 back in 2001.  But, God can bring good out of any evil.  We as a nation rallied together after 9/11 and for a time many who fell away from the faith came back.  We must cooperate with the grace that God offers us when we are confronted with our crosses, and in this way we can experience and receive the good that He intends to bring out of it. 

P. S. Ironically, I mentioned in my homily a cross of a paper cut and got one the next morning. Thank you Lord for the opportunity to carry this cross and offer up this minor suffering in union with the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord!

Sunday, August 23, 2020

A Huge Responsibility - 21st Sunday in OT - August 23rd, 2020

In 2017 Msgr. Rivituso was named the new auxiliary bishop for St. Louis.  At that time, I was still a seminarian and many seminarians would ask each other about the possibility of becoming a bishop someday.  A common response was not to want it because of the huge responsibility that comes with being a bishop. ... We are about to get a new Archbishop for St. Louis.  Archbishop-designate Mitchell Rozanski will be installed as our new Archbishop this Tuesday on the Feast of St. Louis.  This is a huge responsibility. 

Listen to my homily to learn more about this responsibility of a bishop.

Readings:  Is 22:19-23; Ps 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8; Rom 11:33-36; Mt 16:13-20

Key Themes:  Responsibility of a bishop 

I challenge you to pray for Archbishop-designate Mitchell Rozanski every day this week with an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be. 

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Pray Like the Canaanite Woman - 20th Sunday in OT - August 16, 2020

A young man set his heart upon a young woman back in the 1920’s.  He expressed his romantic interest in her by a letter.  She replied saying that it would never work out.  However, he was not deterred by her letter.  Instead he was inspired to write another.  She again resisted his advances.  He did not give up and wrote again.  Although she gave little evidence that a romantic relationship could ever work out, she continued to write back to him.  The very fact that she would continue to respond gave him hope and he would look for every opportunity in what she said in her letters to try and persuade her to give him a chance.  She seemed to be playing hard to get, and as she was willing to continue the exchange of letters, the young man’s love for her continued to grow.  List to my homily to find out what happens and how this is similar to the prayer of the Canaanite woman.

Readings:  Is 56:1, 6-7; Ps 67; Rom 11:13-15, 29-32; Mt 15:21-28

Key Themes:  Pray like her, imitate the Canaanite Woman, Perseverance in prayer, Faith, and Humility

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Benefits of Adoration - 19th Sunday in OT - August 9th, 2020

St. Alphonsus Liguori said:

Know also that you will probably gain more by praying fifteen minutes before the Blessed Sacrament than by all the other spiritual exercises of the day. True, Our Lord hears our prayers anywhere, for He has made the promise, ‘Ask, and you shall receive,’ but He has revealed to His servants that those who visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament will obtain a more abundant measure of grace.

Readings:  1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a / Ps 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14 [8] / Rom 9:1-5 / Mt 14:22-33

Key Themes:  Adoration, Benefits of Adoration, Expanding Adoration to Tuesdays

Although Mass is objective superior to Adoration, and Adoration is an extension of the Mass, many people are too easily distracted during Mass to be open to all the graces God wishes to give them.  Adoration allows us an extended time of quiet prayer before the Lord so that we can be less distracted and more focus on the Lord and receive more from Him than if we didn't spend any time at all in Adoration.

No editing was done to this picture,
the glow around the top of the monstrance
 is how it appeared in the camera!

Please take a moment to help us determine if there is enough interest in Adoration on Tuesdays from 7 am to 7 pm for us to commit to having it.   Eucharistic Adoration Survey:

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Invitation to Adoration - 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 26th, 2020

I was incredibly nervous as I made my way to St. Patrick’s Church in Rolla.  I had never, or at least as far as I could remember, never gone go Adoration before that.  However, when we were invited at Mass to go to Adoration, the Lord put it on my heart to accept the invitation.  I was going by myself and determined to do as God was calling me, but I also had no idea what to expect or what I should be doing when I get there. 
I opened the door to the chapel and looked inside.  There were about few people there.  Some sitting, some kneeling.  I quickly found a seat and went there, while trying to make it look like I knew what I was doing.  “Should I be sitting or kneeling?  I can sit.  Now what?  Um, now I kneel.  Lord, I don’t know what I am doing, but I’m here.” 

Readings:  1 KGS 3:5, 7-12; PS 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130; ROM 8:28-30; MT 13:44-52 
Key Themes:  Adoration, Buried Treasure, Pearl of Great Price, Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus our King

This homily (actually, a slightly longer version) was part of our 9:15 am Live Stream Mass.  The homily was clipped from the rest of the recording of the Live Stream and can be viewed by clicking the link below.

Fr. Lampe Preaching at the 9:15 am Mass on July 26th, 2020

Learn more about Adoration at Ascension:

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Parable of the Sower - 15th Sunday of OT - July 12th, 2020

This Gospel passage is so familiar isn’t it?  At first, I wasn’t sure what to say about since it seems straight forward. We start with the Parable of the Sower, and it sort of makes sense by itself, but before we finish our passage we have an explanation.  Jesus tells us what He means by the parable.  So, we can just read the ending and we would know what the parable means.  Okay, so, does that mean I’m done?  Nothing more to preach about?  Oh, there is always more with God.  Listen to the Homily to learn more.

Readings:  IS 55:10-11; PS 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14; ROM 8:18-23; MT 13:1-23 OR 13:1-9
Key Themes:  Sower, seed, soil, bearing fruit, word of God, tips to be rich soil

Tips to be Good Soil (Excerpt from the Homily):
I hope that you at least desire to be like the disciples, be rich soil, and allow the teachings of Jesus Christ and your relationship with Him transform you into the saints He wants you to be.  Here are some tips to help you be the rich soil:
·      Pay attention.  Pay attention to what is happening, right here, right now, during Mass and any time you pray with scripture.  You can’t receive the word of God if you aren’t paying attention.  The Mass is mostly scripture quotes, so at any point during the Mass you could be able to receive the word of God.
·      Receive the seed.  When something strikes you or stands out, when it makes you wonder or ponder its meaning, it could very well be the seed God is sowing in you.
·      Write it down.  Yes, write it down.  Whatever seed God sows in you, you will retain it better if you write it down.  Write it down immediately after Mass or write it down during my homily.  I would be happy to see you writing something during my homily because then I’ll have to assume it means I said something worth writing down.  Just don’t let the seed be taken from you. 
·      Think about it.  Whatever seed you received will more easily take root if you are thinking about it and trying to understand it more fully.
·      Discuss it with family and friends.  The seed will grow and bear fruit if you are sharing it with others.  In order to share it, you must first have it for yourself, so discussing it helps you understand it better and allows it to be sown in others.

Perdonar Siempre (Always Forgive) - 24th Sunday in OT - September 12th, 2020 (Spanish Mass Homily)

En Ascension tenemos una misa en español cada segundo sábado del mes. Rotamos quién celebra esta Misa. Aunque puedo celebrar la Misa en espa...