The example of Saint Francis Homily for the Memorial of Saint Francis

I preached this homily on October 4, 2016, at Saint Edward Church in Nashville, Tennessee. The kids were off on fall break, so I was just preaching to the adults, this time. That’s important since, otherwise, this would have been a homily for Kindergarten through fourth grade. Continue readingThe example of Saint Francis Homily for the Memorial of Saint Francis

We must put the same effort into our spiritual lives Homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

What is love Homily for Thursday of the ninth week of ordinary time

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.

The promptings of the Spirit Homily for the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady

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 readingThe promptings of the Spirit Homily for the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady

I am the vine. You are the branches. Homily for Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter (Cycle II)

A man died.
He came before the throne of God to be judged, and he made his case.
“I served the poor; I gave from my time, talents and treasures to serve the poor and the Church!” God replied, “I am pleased with that, but it is not what I wanted from you.”
“I taught in the seminary. I prepared men to be priests for the Church!” And God sighed, “Thank you, but that wasn’t the heart of my vocation for you.”
“I served as a priest in your Church! I wore myself out in service of you and the people of God!” God shook his head, “But you missed the most important thing I wanted.”
The man was at a loss. “What, then? What more did you want from me?”
“I want you.” Continue readingI am the vine. You are the branches. Homily for Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter (Cycle II)