July 5, 2020
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Searching for Holy Joy

The opening prayer for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time begins with these words: “O God, who in the abasement of your Son have raised up a fallen world, fill your faithful with holy joy…” In our first reading, 500 years before the Incarnation...

My Hand-Pocketed Wisdom

From time to time, one of the most beautiful things that occurs in my life is that of cherishing a nice piece of chocolate after a delicious meal. I know, I should not put you into temptation since Lent has now began! But, is there something wrong...

Moments of Grace

St. John Paul II had one of the longest reigns as Pope in Church history; when he was elected in 1978, he became not only the first Pope from Poland, but the first non-Italian Pope in over 450 years. Most experts agree he helped change the course of...

You Will See My Glory

Our opening prayer for the Third Sunday of Advent provides us with insight that something big is coming: “O God, who see how your people faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity, enable us, we pray, to attain the joys of so...

The Best of Two Worlds

One of my favorite books is Between Heaven and Mirth, written by Father James Martin, S. J. Though he seems to have strayed from the strait and narrow path of Orthodoxy in the last few years, Heaven addresses something that has been sorely lacking...

Our Incentive is Joy

Relax.  The orders from Jesus in the Gospel of Luke (6:27-38) are a string of exaggerations designed to shock us. He doesn’t really intend for us to take them literally. We need only be nice and considerate, and civil with most people and everything...

Where is Joy?

Once there was a little boy in church attending Mass with his mother. He was in a happy mood, and he was looking at all the people in the pews around him and smiling at them. He wasn’t doing anything wrong or creating a disturbance of any sort—he...

The Way to Complete Joy

Let me start with a confession: as I prepared this homily, I realized that all three readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter build on last Sunday’s readings by insisting on the vital importance of loving. Very rapidly I became frightened at the...