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CARMEL AND COMPIÈGNE - Homily for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 17th, 2022


"All the way [to the guillotine] the Carmelite sisters sang: the 'Miserere,' 'Salve Regina,' and 'Te Deum.' Beholding them, a total silence fell on …

FREEDOM RE-ENCHANTED - Homily for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 26th, 2022


eu·ca·​tas·​tro·​phe ˌyü-kə-ˈta-strə-(ˌ)fē 

A sudden and miraculous grace: never to be counted on to recur, a fleeting glimpse of joy, joy beyond the …

TRANSFORMATION BY FIRE - Homily for Corpus Christi

June 19th, 2022


As fire transforms into itself everything it touches, so the Holy Spirit transforms into the divine life whatever is subjected to his power.

FRIENDS OF GOD - Homily for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

June 12th, 2022


There is a much greater distance between the nature of man, or even between the nature of the highest of the angels, and grace, than there is between grace itself and glory. No created nature, however perfect, is the …

HELL - Homily for the Ascension of the Lord

May 29th, 2022


"He loved humankind. And that’s why he died as the bridegroom who has gone off to rescue his bride from the robbers’ hands. And they bind him and torture him to death, but he sees his sweetest friend sitting at the …

TO BE QUIET SO AS TO HEAR - Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

May 11th, 2022


"The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art."  
Sacrosanctum Concilium, The Second Vatican Council


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EL PASTOR QUE NOS CALLA - Homilia para el cuarto domingo de Pascua

May 9th, 2022


«La tradición musical de la Iglesia universal constituye un tesoro de valor inestimable que sobresale entre las demás expresiones artísticas, principalmente porque el canto sagrado, unido a las palabras, constituye una …

WHICH THESE? Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter

May 1st, 2022


In the final three paragraphs of the fascinating memoir he wrote while still Prefect of the Congregation, Cardinal Ratzinger explained the significance of the bear: 

According to legend, on his way from Germany to Rome …

NOTHING BUT INDIVIDUALS - Homily for Divine Mercy Sunday

April 25th, 2022


For God there are only individuals.  

Nicolás Gomez Dávila, Escolios a un Texto Implícito

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PARA DIOS NO HAY SINO INDIVIDUOS - Homilia de Divina Misericordia

April 25th, 2022


Para Dios no hay sino individuos.  --Nicolás Gomez Dávila, Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 26.

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NO MERE HUMAN - Homily for Good Friday

April 15th, 2022


Delivered at Christ the King Catholic School

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CATHOLICISM IS FOR EVERYONE - Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent

March 20th, 2022


Of Hildebrand’s thirty books surely one of the most interesting for our generation is Trojan Horse in the City of God: The Catholic Crisis Explained

LEST WE FORGET - Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

March 13th, 2022


"As they stared blankly, in dumb misery deepening as they slowly realized all they had seen and all they had lost, a capricious little breeze, dancing up from the surface of the water and blew lightly and caressingly on …

IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO TWO - Homily for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 28th, 2022


This is an old idea--one that started way earlier than the last time I used this image, three years ago in the lectionary cycle. 

"Accordingly, two …

ARE WE THE MOST PITIABLE OF ALL? - Homily for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 14th, 2022


Want to assist with the project of restoring the communion rail to use in Blessed Sacrament Church? You can give online at Make sure you include a reference to the …

VUELVE AL SAGRARIO - Homilia de domingo VI

February 13th, 2022


Las meditaciones y oraciónes de Beato Miguel Pro SJ:

DEEP WATER STEWARDS - Homily for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 7th, 2022


"One needs to open one’s heart to the abundance of grace and to allow the word of the Redeemer to act with all its power: ‘Duc in altum!’ Whoever opens his heart to Christ will not only understand the mystery of his own …

COMING OF AGE - Homily for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 17th, 2022


[The Church needs] a change of mindset, particularly concerning laypeople.  They must no longer be viewed as ‘collaborators’ of the clergy, but truly …

RIVER JORDAN RESOLUTIONS - Homily for the Baptism of the Lord

January 9th, 2022


If we believe in God we should not say, “I believe in God,” but rather, “God believes in me.”

Nicolas Gomez Dávila, Scholia on an Implicit Text, 1128

OF DAVID'S BLOOD - Homily for Christmas

December 26th, 2021


We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of growing on good rain and black loam. Even fireworks, for all their prettiness, come from the chemistry of the earth. Yet somehow we think we …

THE JOY OF REPENTANCE - Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 19th, 2021


The passage read as the spiritual sense of the Gospel of this fourth Sunday of Advent is 2 Samuel 6:1-19

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AT THE HOUR OF DEATH - Homily for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 14th, 2021


"Although nothing is to be seen, the soul senses very sharply the presence of an evil power which wants to influence it to give up: the sins are too …

TIMELY HELP - Homily for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 25th, 2021


"What were his thoughts during this part of the journey? As in the morning he watched the passing of trees, thatched roofs, tilled fields, the changing vistas appearing at every bend in the road, an occupation soothing …

LOOK UPSTREAM - Homily for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 3rd, 2021


Free. Total. Faithful. Fruitful.

Delivered at Christ the King Catholic Church, 9:30am 3 October 2021

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SCHOOL OF HOME - Introduction

September 19th, 2021


A brief explanation of what School of Home at Christ the King is all about.

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THAT WILL BE SEVENTY FIVE DOLLARS - Homily for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 5th, 2021


Preached at Christ the King Catholic Church, 9:30am Mass, 5 September 2021

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THE BEST IS YET TO COME - Homily for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 30th, 2021


"In your observance of the commandments of the LORD, your God,
which I enjoin upon you,
you shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it. 

UNA ESCLAVITUD LIBRE - Homilia del XXI Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario

August 22nd, 2021


Sálvense de esta generación perversa.

Hechos de los Apostoles 2, 40

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A BOY NAMED SAUL - Homily for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 4th, 2021


The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to bring good tidings to the afflicted...
to grant to those who mourn in Zion--
... the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise …

YELLOWSTONE SOULS - Homily for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 27th, 2021


Preached at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
27 June 2021

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MAN = FATHER - Homily for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 20th, 2021


This homily revisits a set of reflections on fatherhood first given in 2015. I find the truths here worth perennial contemplation. 

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MAY YOUR GARDEN BE LUSH - Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year

June 13th, 2021


The Scriptures this Sunday are full of imagery of leafy gardens and strong, branching trees. These are the images the Scriptures use for living well …

ANIMA SANA IN CORPORE SANO - Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter

April 19th, 2021


May your people
exult for ever, O God,
in renewed youthfulness of spirit,
so that, rejoicing now in the restored glory of our adoption,
we may look …

A FAR GREEN COUNTRY - Reflections on the mystery of death

April 19th, 2021


Preached at Christ the King Church, the Octave of Easter, 2021

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NO CHEAP GRACE - Homily for Easter Sunday

April 8th, 2021


"Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession, …

INSIDE OUT - Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

March 14th, 2021


"Under the dispensation of the Spirit all things were to become new and to be reversed. Strength, numbers, wealth, philosophy, eloquence, craft, experience of life, knowledge of human nature, these are the means by …

ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES - Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Lent

March 1st, 2021


Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.

You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.

Everything is yours; do with it what you will.

POLYCARP AND THE SEARCH FOR MEANING - Homily for the Memorial of St. Polycarp

February 24th, 2021


This homily was preached at Christ the King at the opening Mass for our faculty formation days, in which a representative of the Institute for …

THE UNIVERSE IS A CHICKEN COOP - Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

February 23rd, 2021


"What is a farm but a mute gospel? The chaff and the wheat, weeds and plants, blight, rain, insects, sun — it is a sacred emblem from the first furrow of spring to the last stack which the snow of winter overtakes in …

BE NOT RASH - Homily for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 17th, 2021


"Every good Christian ought to be more ready to give a favorable interpretation to another's statement than to condemn it. But if he cannot do so, let him ask how the other understands it. And if the latter understands …

THE EPIPHANY CONTINUES - Homily for the Epiphany

January 7th, 2021


“Christ is always present in his Church, especially in her liturgical celebrations. He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass, not only in the person of his minister, but especially under the Eucharistic species…, in …

RETRATO DE FAMILIA CATOLICA - Homilia para la Sagrada Familia

December 28th, 2020


This homily was delivered in Spanish.

Yo pasé unas semanas meditanto y escribiendo este retrato de palabras para nuestras familias de la escuela Christ the King Clasiscal, y me gustaría compartirlo con ustedes como …

RISKY BUSINESS - Homily for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 16th, 2020


Avoid the peddlers of outrage and despair. Do not retreat into a Stoic withdrawal and observe with grim satisfaction as the world crumbles about you. …

LOOK ALONG THE LIGHT - Homily for the Solemnity of All Saints

November 2nd, 2020


You can view All or Nothing (the documentary about Sister Clare Crockett mentioned in today's homily) by clicking this link or by searching YouTube for the title.

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REPAIRING FOUNDATIONS & ONE-ISSUE VOTERS - Homily for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 18th, 2020


"The Church’s teachings concerning contingent situations are subject to new and further developments and can be open to discussion, yet we [as pastors] cannot help but be concrete—without presuming to enter into …

WHEN WILL IT GET BETTER? - Homily for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 11th, 2020


From Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical Spe Salvi:

We who have always lived with the Christian concept of God, and have grown accustomed to it, have almost ceased to notice that we possess the hope that ensues from a real …

THE DOORWAY OF DEATH - Homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 20th, 2020


"If I go on living in the flesh,
that means fruitful labor for me. 
And I do not know which I shall choose. 
I am caught between the two. 
I long to …

ONE YEAR IN - Homily for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 16th, 2020


After a brief note on the Good & the Bad over my first year as pastor of Christ the King, Blessed Sacrament, and Our Lady & St. Rose, I present the possibility that the coming year will be not Ugly, but …

SAINT PETER AND SAINT NEWMAN PRAY BIG - Homily for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 9th, 2020


Teach me, my Lord, to be sweet and gentle in all the events of life; in disappointments, in the thoughtlessness of others, in the insincerity of …

DELIVERED FROM SIN - Homily for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 29th, 2020


Virtue and holiness is its own reward; sin is its own punishment. Deliver us, Lord, from hoping from any reward other than You.

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HOPE IS NOT PROGRESS - Homily for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 29th, 2020


The Holy Father's address, from which Archbishop Naumann's remarks were taken, can be found here:

THE MORAL ECONOMY OF GUILT - Essay by Wilfred McClay

June 8th, 2020


The following podcast is an audio version of an essay that attempts to peer into the spiritual and moral machinery of our culture and discern its …

SOURCE OF OUR STORE - Homily for Pentecost

June 1st, 2020


Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine!
Come, Father of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
Come, …

COSMIC RETURN - Homily for the Ascension

May 25th, 2020


"Monotheists believe their God created 1 billion trillion stars in the parts of the universe observable with telescopes on the Earth or in space—with a maximum of around 5,000 of them visible to the naked eye—so the …

AN UNINTENDED MESSAGE - Homily for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 20th, 2020


This homily was delivered at Our Lady & Saint Rose Church on Quindaro Boulevard the first weekend of public Masses in the Archdiocese of Kansas …

RECLAIMING THE HOUSEHOLD - A reading of John Cuddeback's 2018 Essay

April 26th, 2020


Since I'm on quarantine, I'm not doing homilies, but I thought this essay would be a great chance to reflect a little during these days of …

THE CHURCH IS YOUNG - Homily for the Easter Vigil

April 12th, 2020


After the homily, I've included a reading of Francis Thompson's poem, "The Hound of Heaven," which I reference in the homily. I hope you enjoy the …

Homily for Good Friday

April 11th, 2020


Delivered at Blessed Sacrament Church, 10 April 2020

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Daily Mass Audio with the Poor of Jesus Christ

March 28th, 2020


Father Connor Danstrom (of Three Dogs North fame) mentioned he puts out the audio only of his Masses on his podcast. I found the idea appealing--a …

HUNGRY IS HEALTHY - Homily for the First Week of Lent

March 6th, 2020


After a brief comment on the intercession of Saint Joseph in our community, we pause and try to swallow the improbable reality that God was tempted, and what that can mean for our own mortifications and determination to …

A VENTURE OF FAITH - Homily for Ash Wednesday / Lent

February 28th, 2020


One of the most powerful sermons I have ever read by St. John Henry Newman speaks of the need to risk something for a future reward--by which is …

SCHOOLS FOR WISDOM AND VIRTUE - Homily for the Presentation of the Lord

February 23rd, 2020


This homily for Catholic Schools Week is an invitation for all our parishioners to dig deep into the question: why do we have a Catholic School? Is …

GO TO JOSEPH - Holy Family

February 20th, 2020


Our parishes have been participating in the Seven Sundays of Saint Joseph Devotion, culminating with his Solemn Feast Day the 19th of March. I spoke …

MORE THAN JUST NO TALKING - Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent

December 21st, 2019


The silence we keep is the condition of growth in prayer, and can even become prayer itself.

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December 19th, 2019


The book quoted, referencing the effect that the widespread adoption of confession according to the Irish monks had on western civilization, is …

WE ARE FOR FIRE - Homily for the 20th Sunday

August 19th, 2019


You see, there's good fire, and then there's bad fire...

This homily was the first homily Father Blaha delivered at the English-speaking Masses at Blessed Sacrament, Christ the King, and Our Lady & St. Rose.

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July 1st, 2019


A follow-up from last week's archival post, about the call to be transformed in that realm St. James calls the "bridle of the whole body"––our …

BAR THE EXITS - From the Archives

June 23rd, 2019


Since I’m away for continued studies this summer, it seemed worthwhile to dig through the archives and re-publish older homilies that were well …

THE SPIRIT OF TRUST - Homily for Pentecost

June 19th, 2019


Using the Litany of Trust by the Sisters of Life, it's not a tough thing to discover where the Spirit is trying the heart.

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A HEALTHY CATCH - Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter

May 15th, 2019


The line on that hook is ever so fine, but it reaches to the heavens

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BIG WORD - Homily for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

March 4th, 2019


" Lightly men talk of saying what they mean. Often when he was teaching me to write in Greek the Fox would say, ‘Child, to say the very thing you …


February 26th, 2019


David understood that conflict among the Anointed was nonsense. Why can't we?

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RISE NIGHT - Why God? Sebastian D'Amico

February 26th, 2019


The first of a three part series: why should we believe God exists? Why should we think about arguments about why God exists?

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OAKS OR FLOWERS - Homily for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 26th, 2019


The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to bring good tidings to the afflicted;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the …

ABEL, ABRAHAM, MELCHIZEDEK - Homily for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 7th, 2019


Asking God to accept our sacrifice implies it might not be. This homily addresses what must be offered, how it is to be offered, under what forms it is to be offered, and by whom it is offered in order to be a pleasing …

Talks on the Rocks - Phil Couture

February 6th, 2019


We're grateful to Phil Couture for making the trip from Denver, Colorado to speak to us about his years as a missionary to the homeless on the …

THE MONKS OF TIBHIRINE - Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Advent

December 10th, 2018


Baruch's prophecy in light of Xavier Beauvais' 2011 film OF GODS AND MEN. Stream the film on Amazon, or for a more extended treatment, check out John Kiser's biography THE MONKS OF TIBHIRINE.


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UNSCROOGED - Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

December 6th, 2018


A call to unclench our fists and let the Church tell us an Advent story.


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RISE Night Q & A w/Dan Kerr - Incarnation, Prayer, & Work

December 6th, 2018


(2 of 2) Q&A from our evening with Dan Kerr, President of Saint Martin's Academy in Fort Scott, KS.


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RISE Night w/Dan Kerr - Incarnation, Prayer, & Work

December 6th, 2018


(Part 1 of 2) Daniel Kerr, President of newly founded Saint Martin's Academy, a boarding school and working farm in southeast Kansas, wants education …

DISASTER, EAGER HOPE, AND THE END OF THE WORLD - Homily for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 16th, 2018


On the centennial of the Armistice ending the Great War, a meditation on the reproach of Christians and our need to embrace a real hope in the midst of the disasters from which we cannot deliver ourselves.


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SAINTLY BUFFOONS & HOLY JESTERS - Homily for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 29th, 2018


What if we celebrated Halloween like it was meant to be celebrated?


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A DAILY REASON - Homily for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 15th, 2018


On dangerous bedtime habits, a spiritual tip from a recovering alcoholic, and the canonization of Pope Saint Paul VI


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Rise Night - The Incarnation and Aristotle's Forgotten Definition of Man

October 12th, 2018


We welcomed Dr. Patrick Callahan to ESU for a great meditation on education, imitation, and the Trinity.


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October 9th, 2018


A delightful introduction to the figure of G.K. Chesterton by the President of the American Chesterton Society, Dale Ahlquist - Talks on the Rocks, …

SUFFERING FOR DUMMIES – Homily for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 16th, 2018


The Blessed Angela of Foligno said, “If we knew the just value of suffering for God, it would become an object of plunder”–which is as much as to say …

WONDER & THANKS – Homily for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 21st, 2018


Welcome back, Hornets! This week’s homily is a reflection on starting off on the right foot.


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July 22nd, 2018



Homilies referenced:


A QUESTION OF CONSCIENCE – Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Lent

HIRELINGS (on Humanae Vitae, with extensive supplemental material):

HIRELINGS – Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

THE NURSING HANGOVER – Talks on the Rocks with Natalie Roberts, RN

July 16th, 2018


Nurses are the most trusted professionals in America.

Their reputation is deserved, but nothing comes without a cost.

Natalie offers some straight talk about the joys and challenges that nurses & medical professionals …

HIRELINGS – Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

April 23rd, 2018


Read Father James Dominic Brent’s essay on chastity and contraception (click title below to read):

The link to the 1990 document by the Philippine …

QUASIMODO – Homily for Divine Mercy Sunday

April 8th, 2018



“Quasimodo’s cathedral was enough for him. It was peopled with marble figures of kings, saints and bishops who at least did not laugh in his face …


February 25th, 2018


The kickoff for our Rise Night for the Spring 2018 semester. Michael Duryea, director of liturgy at Sacred Heart in Emporia, KS, was kind enough to …

TALKS ON THE ROCKS – Dale Ahlquist on Chesterton

February 9th, 2018


Thanks to Our Sunday Visitor for making Dale Ahlquist’s visit possible!

You can buy Dale’s (and Chesterton’s) recommended books here: 

DRINK – Homily for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 5th, 2018



I’d like to coin a new acronym: VIPYNHO (pronounced “VIP – in – how”). As in, Very Important Person You Never Heard Of.


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GOD’S RESPONSIBILITY – Homily for the 4th Sunday in OT

January 30th, 2018


Excerpts from “Who is a Christian?” by Hans Urs von Balthasar


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RISE NIGHT – Love in the Family

December 15th, 2017


The final Rise Night of the semester (and wrap up to our theme of “Love in the Ruins” presents some testimony around what it means to love our families well–and discover the sweetness hidden in them.


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ANSELM’S CALL – Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Advent

December 12th, 2017


The prayer of Saint Anselm quoted at length in the homily can be found here.

As promised in the homily, more information on the immigration issue:

The USCCB released a document in 2003 on immigration entitled “Strangers …

THE BIG THREE – Homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent

December 3rd, 2017


“Take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a snare; for it will come upon all who dwell upon the face of …

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