Holy Family Homily

Below, please find the homily for today’s celebration of the Holy Family.  Please be assured of my prayers for all of you and your family, as well. I have thought a lot lately about the greatest need of our human family – our modern society.  I am more and more convinced Read more…

Heaven; Our Final Goal

Today’s Solemnity of Assumption reminds us we are on a pilgrimage of faith that leads to something beyond this earth; beyond this life.  The opening prayer for today’s Mass concludes “May we see heaven as our final goal…”  We need this reminder. Mary’s Assumption into heaven reinforces all of what Read more…

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Today the Church celebrates another feast of our Blessed Mother under the title of the Immaculate Heart.  This morning as I was walking and praying the rosary, I had a few thoughts about how much we continue to need Mary. In the first Joyful Mystery, the Annunciation, we see how God Read more…

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus; July 1, 2011:  Homily              For several months, I have looked forward to this celebration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  I’m not sure how to put the desire of my heart into words, and part of that I hope is because Read more…

Surrender To God

Today we celebrate the conversion of St. Paul.  His “immediate conversion” story is perhaps one of the best known accounts in all of Christian history.  For that reason, I am “struck” with the thought that no matter how powerfully God intervened in Saul’s life, there was still for him as Read more…

Christmas Homily

Merry Christmas! I wish to begin my reflection this evening / morning with a story, which seems to capture the event of the Incarnation: Imagine a child’s sandbox.  A young Dad is driving home from work.  In the backyard, in the sandbox, are his little daughter, and her younger brother, Read more…

Gift of Redemption

The summer before I entered the seminary, 1984, I built a grotto in the backyard.  I got the idea from my uncle, Fr. Bernie Voges, who built a shrine for the Blessed Mother in my Grandmother’s backyard.  I planted two small evergreens next to the grotto.  Today, the trees are Read more…

The Father’s Will

Thursday’s Gospel from Matthew clarifies again for us the common and continual focus of the Christian journey: Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.  These words of Jesus call us Read more…