I preached this homily on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at St. Edward Parish in Nashville, Tennessee. In the Gospel for today (Mark 12:28-34), Jesus is asked which commandment is the greatest. He answers with two commandments: love God and love your neighbor. So this raises the question, what does it mean to fulfill that commandment Jesus identifies as the greatest. I reflect on that question in today’s homily.
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“
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“
This is the preached version of my homily for the Holy Family. I preached this at St. Philip Catholic Church in Franklin, Tennessee, on the weekend of December 26 and 27, 2015. The text for this homily is here. Just remember, what I actually said is not necessarily what I wrote. These often differ a bit. Continue reading “Wives be subordinate to your husbands Husbands love your wives“
I am going to go out on a limb, here. I am going to preach today on Paul’s rule for Christian households. “Wives, be subordinate to your husbands.” (Col 3:18) With that line, the husbands are smiling and nodding – a few probably are elbowing their wives to say, “See?” Believe it or not, There are a lot of wives who aren’t particularly fond of this verse. Continue reading “Homily for the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Year C”
The following is a homily I prepared for a joint assignment between my Homiletics and my Theology of Marriage class. It is based on a section of Pope Saint John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility, a text written before he was pope that could be described as the philosophical companion to his Theology of the Body. Continue reading “Love’s raw materials The need for sensuality and sentimentality in marriage“
I was asked to write a reflection on the definition and nature of pastoral care, especially in a hospital environment, as part of my application for my time as an intern hospital chaplain this past summer. It was a fascinating reflection, and I want to share my thoughts, both from before and refined by my time in the hospital. Continue reading “My experience of pastoral care of the Sick”
This homily requires a quick explanation. I never delivered this homily in a church, and I sincerely pray I will never have to preach one like it. This was an assignment for my homiletics class to preach a funeral homily for a seventeen year old girl who was a victim in a campus shooting. I realize that events like this actually happen in our world. Continue reading “A funeral homily for a tragedy A homily for a fictitious young lady – who exists in many people’s lives“
WARNING: This post contains spoilers. If you haven’t watched Downton Abbey up to and including Season 4, you probably don’t want to read this blog entry. I haven’t watched season 5, yet, so don’t add spoilers for me to the comments.