Come away to a deserted place Homily for July 19, 2015 - Introducing the Podcast

I delivered this homily on Sunday, July 19, 2015, at Saint Pius X Parish and the Church of the Assumption in Nashville, Tennessee. This was the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Continue readingCome away to a deserted place Homily for July 19, 2015 – Introducing the Podcast

Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum I announce to y'all a great joy

Ordination-AnnouncementI admit my announcement is nowhere near as great or big as the announcement of a new pope, but, for me, it is far closer to home. In light of my father’s worsening health condition (he has been battling pancreatic cancer for a few years), Bishop Choby has decided that he will call me to the diaconate a year early. That means I am going to be ordained on May 15, 2015 – in just under 3 weeks – so that my father can be at one of my ordinations, at least. Continue readingAnnuntio vobis gaudium magnum I announce to y’all a great joy

Homily for Corpus Christi “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” (John 6:56)

POPE BENEDICT HOLDS MONSTRANCE DURING VESPERS SERVICE AT ST. PETER'S BASILICAWe come to this great feast every year, and each time, one of your priests or deacons stands up here to remind us of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. There is no question whatsoever that he means precisely that in this passage. He repeats himself over and over as he tries to drive that point home, and yet some of us deny it because “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” or “This saying is hard. Who can accept it?” Continue readingHomily for Corpus Christi “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” (John 6:56)

A confirmation homily

confirmationHere’s the background on this one. I am working on my midterm exam for Sacramental Theology class on the Sacraments of Initiation. It is a take-home exam, and one of the questions asks me to write a homily for celebrating a confirmation. Now, the probability of me ever being a bishop or celebrating a confirmation Mass approaches zero, but it was an interesting assignment, and, since no one will ever hear me say this homily, I thought I’d share it for the world to read. Plus, it’s an easy way to get an extra blog post in this week! Win! Continue reading “A confirmation homily”

I’m a little teapot

Forgive the bad 30-second-Photoshop, but the point here is not to show off my Photoshop skills, but to illustrate the story.
Forgive the bad 30-second-Photoshop, but the point here is not to show off my Photoshop skills, but to illustrate the story.

This entry is my journal entry from my holy hour on Monday, August 25, 2014. I’m trying something new for my journal. I’m using an app for the iPad that I just write in, so I’m gonna try something new here, too. I’m putting up a PDF of my original handwritten (albeit electronically) version. I’m also going to transcribe it (perhaps with minor edits) as my actual entry. Continue reading “I’m a little teapot”

Are Christians made by walls?

One often hears debates over what it means to be Christian. Does it mean participating in an institutional Church? Does it mean “accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior”? Does it mean living out his instructions? Well, I was reflecting and praying about that before Mass this morning, and I wrote about it in my journal. My conclusion: it is all three; they are inseparable; one cannot truly exist without the other two. I should say that this was prompted from an exchange in Augustine’s Confessions Book 8. Continue reading “Are Christians made by walls?”