December 28, 2014
Many of you probably heard the story about Pope Francis consoling a young boy whose dog had died. According to the New York Times, the Pope declared that all pets go to heaven. It turns out that this was just an urban legend created by an over eager media, but it still raises a question that I would like to address today: do animals go to heaven?
December 24, 2014
Welcome and Merry Christmas! Perhaps you caught the ceremonial lighting of the National Christmas Tree. This is what the president said about Christmas: "It's the story of hope –- the birth of a singular child into the simplest of circumstances – a child who would grow up to live a life of humility, and kindness, and compassion; who traveled with a message of empathy and understanding; who taught us to care for the poor, and the marginalized, and those who are different from ourselves. And more than two millennia later, the way he lived still compels us to do our best to build a more just and tolerant and decent world."
December 21, 2014
Today we have all four candles lit on our Advent wreath. We celebrate the final Sunday before Christmas and with the Homily, I conclude our series on preparing our hearts for Jesus.
December 14, 2014
Today, I would like to talk about giving our hearts and lives to Jesus. It is easy for us to drift about aimlessly. Some of you may remember the old 1960’s song “Sha la la la live for today, and don’t worry about tomorrow.” It is easy for us to give in to that type of thinking and forget that there is indeed something else beyond earthly life.
December 12, 2014
The phone rings every day at the St. Martin de Porres Residence, a homeless shelter run by a Catholic brother. Homeless people need a place to sleep, house attendant Bob Coffey said. Some have just been released from prison or from mental health or addiction programs. Others simply don't have the means to pay rent. They are poor, down and out with no place to go.
December 7, 2014
We have our second homily on preparing our Hearts. What are we preparing our hearts for? Jesus. Last week, we learned three important things. First, “heart” refers to the inner-core part of us that good people really like! Second, we learned the purpose of our time here on earth is to prepare our hearts for Christ.
December 3, 2014
Hello, everyone! Welcome to Advent. This week, I begin a new homily series, Preparing Our Hearts. For what are we preparing our hearts? The coming of Jesus, of course. Let us begin with a question: what is the heart? Its’ more than just a muscle that pumps blood through the body. Indeed, the heart is the “inner core” of the body. Let me give you an example. This comes from an exchange of letters during the civil war.
December 1, 2014
Today, we celebrate a beautiful national holiday, Thanksgiving day! In this way, the US is unique, in that, as far I as I know, we were the first country to set aside a holiday to give thanks to God. It is a day about gratitude itself.