I preached this homily at Saint Rose of Lima Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Sunday, August 6, 2017. I know the intro still says Deacon Joe, but I was ordained a few weeks ago, so I am now celebrating Mass as Father Joe. The website will catch up soon, I promise. Continue reading “Will you preach the Transfiguration or this rotting flesh? Homily for the Feast of the Transfiguration, 2017“
Over the last four weeks here at Saint Edward, I taught a 4-part class on the Mass for any interested adults in the parish. I figured I’d share them here. Continue reading “History and Theology of the Mass”
I preached this homily on Thursday, September 22, 2016, at St. Edward Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Continue reading “Why do we want to meet Jesus? Homily for Thursday of the 25th week of Ordinary Time, Cycle 2“
What does it mean to not throw our pearls before swine? Is Jesus contradicting the great commission, or does he mean something else.
This homily was delivered at St. Edward Church in Nashville, Tennessee on June 21, 2016.
I preached this homily on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at St. Edward Church in Nashville, TN. Continue reading “Pater Noster Homily for Thursday of the eleventh week of ordinary time“
This homily was delivered at St. Edward Church in Nashville, TN on May 31, 2016. I don’t have a full text to offer you of the homily since I only made myself a vague outline for it. Here are the readings on which it was based, though. Continue reading “The promptings of the Spirit Homily for the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady“
This homily was originally preached at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana on Thursday, April 7, 2016. I meant to record it for a podcast, but it’s been so long I forgot to hit the record button while I was preaching. Continue reading “Twenty-first century martyrdom Homily for Thursday of the Second Week of Easter (Cycle II)“
Until I was about 7, I went to a parish that had a “cry room.” In my youth, I thought it a neat idea. This way, children could be loud during Mass. When I was old enough, I graduated from the cry room to sit with the rest of the people. When I was 7, my family moved, and we changed parishes. This new parish, built long ago and with old Spanish architecture, lacked any such accommodation. Continue reading “Mr. Father: Tear down that wall! The curse of cry rooms“
Let me start by warning you that most people will find this post almost, but not quite, entirely uninteresting.*
Out of the gate, I want to be clear, I am a BIG fan of incense in the liturgy. I agree with the thought (if not quote) attributed to the rector here at the seminary that, if something is worth doing, it is worth overdoing. This is the school I come from when it comes to incense. However, at the same time, I am rather persnickety about the rubrics of the Liturgy. Now, that is not to say that I feel the “Say the black; do the red” people are right. Their little mantra is simplified to the point of inaccuracy. As an aside, it is those same people who, ignoring the instructions that have been provided by the Church, that is, the red, insist upon the alterations to the Liturgy against which I am speaking. Continue reading “Smoke! Smoke! SMOKE! or In Persona Christi Corporis A reflection (or perhaps rant) about liturgical incense“
It seems worthwhile to spend a few minutes to look back on my year. 2015 was interesting and had some great news and events and some very sad occurrences. Continue reading “Two thousand and fifteen A year in review“