February 17, 2020
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How Do You Define Joy?

I know a man named Ralph, (not his real name). As a young man, Ralph met a beautiful woman who he fell deeply in love with. They were married and lived a life together filled with joy and happiness. But, sadly, their blissful existence ended...

The Secret to Lasting Inner Joy

If we were to give a title to today’s liturgy it would be: the role of God’s Word in our life. As individuals, God’s Word is for us a great source of comfort and light, just as it is for our Protestant brothers and sisters. However, it is self...

Jesus Wants To Set Us Free

Some years ago there was a popular and inspiring TV show called Touched by an Angel, in which the Irish actress Rona Downey played an angel named Monica. In each episode she, sometimes assisted by two other angels named Tess and Andrew, took on...

It Is Never Too Late

Once a year I put on my classical duds and go to New York City to see an opera or two. A few years ago I saw Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The story is sometimes called Don Juan. It is the story of a horrible man who uses and dumps as many women as he can;...

His Joy Is Also Ours

On this Gaudete Sunday 2012, it is an understatement to say that the world is shocked and saddened by the senseless deaths of twenty children and eight adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut this past Friday. In his homily for...

Joy: The Infallible Mark Of A Christian

Too many of us are living in a rut. Day in and day out it’s the same old routine — up in the morning, gobble down breakfast and get to work. Work, work, work . . . come home at night, get through dinner, do some more work, go to bed. And the...

Rejoice Sunday

“A body in motion tends to stay in motion, while a body at rest tends to stay at rest.” I’m sure many of you have heard that phrase used in an often repeated TV commercial that has been airing recently. The phrase has caught my attention especially...

Joyful Anticipation

Years ago there was a poor family—a husband, wife, and son—who lived in a simple cabin in a rural area.  They didn’t have very much in the way of material things, but they had plenty of love; the parents in particular made sure to share their love...