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A Sure Remedy


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Run Time: approximately 6 minutes.

Gospel: Jn 1:29-34.

I apologize for the audio problems which are ongoing from last week, but it is still possible to understand the Deacon as he explains what the cause for the spiritual aliments that beset us is and what their surest remedy is-

“We were made and designed for life. We Christians understand that [this desire] is for eternal life. Yet in the business of life we sometimes only live a shadow of a life.”

The Kingdom of God


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Run Time: 11:24.

(This homily was recorded at the Extraordinary Form Mass and uses different readings. The Episal was 2 Thess. 1:2-10, and the Gospel was Mt. 13:31-35.)

…that the joy of the Gospel should be contagious from those who have it. This is the Kingdom of God. That the ruler of heaven and earth has chosen to dwell in me and make His dominion in my heart. And that in you and me the world might see Him at work and marvel at what He was wrought.

Help!

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Run Time: 08:48. Gospel: Lk 18: 1-8

All of our efforts at help are grounded in the Lord’s help. When we forget that we get into trouble. To do it on our own was what got us “tossed” out of the Garden of Eden. And so, while we are called to be His instruments, it is God’s power and grace that is delivered.

God Is God And I Am Not

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Run Time: 13:08. Gospel: Lk 17:5-10.

Children have a way of reminding parents that as much as we depend upon these things and try to attend to them, you don’t get to set the schedule. Things do not always go as planned and even the best application of parental wisdom is subject to the veto of a … well timed melt down. To some degree, we are reminded in the exercise of parenthood that even this is less dominion and more stewardship. That there is another Who calls the shots. And it’s as I say a good lesson in detachment which is a necessary condition of faith. To put it another way – that God is God and I am not. And I work and I apply my efforts and I use the gifts and the talents that God has placed at my disposal – but He is still God and I am not.

The Difference Between Following and Discipleship

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Run Time: 18:43. Gospel: Lk 14:25-33.

We have to have the work of perseverance and that attention, that planning and foresight to have prepared for that day when faith is work and discipleship takes effort and intention. That it won’t just happen accidentally, or just by moving with the momentum or moving along with the wind. And it is a serious project that God has in mind and that He calls us to.

We often think – and I think unfortunately – of following Christ as: “well He’s going to keep me out of hell, or get me into heaven.” When faith is so much more and the life of discipleship is so much more. When we were baptized, each of us was told, and fairly so, that we’d put on Christ and in Him we have new life. And this is the project of faith – that the life of Christ might be alive in me, and be nourished and lived each day. And that takes the whole person. Takes the whole of me.

Eucharist: Proof of God’s Desire for Us

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Gospel: Jn 6:41-51.

Christianity, Catholicism, is not a list of do’s and don’ts. Truly that’s part of who we are, but Christianity is more than doing certain things and abstaining from other things; it is about God’s active desire to lead every person to the fullness of life that they yearn for. Everything that Christ taught and did – everything that the Church teaches and does – is directed towards that goal.

Who Then Is This Whom Even Wind and Sea Obey

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Run Time: 14:39.  Gospel: Mk 4:35-41.

[St. Ignatius of Loyola’s] advice – which is very timely – is also good, good reminder. He said that every true Christian should pray as if everything depended on God, but work as if everything depended upon himself. Now this may sound like a contradiction, and in fact we have to make one slight clarification, because we cannot imply, or infer in this that there is anything we can do that will merit salvation. We cannot buy our eternal happiness. But it is this coupling, rather, of dependence upon God and His Providence and using our intelligence – which is also a gift of God – that makes us human. To pray as if everything depended upon the Almighty One, but to work with the gifts that we have as if everything depended upon ourselves.

Essentially Good

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Run Time: 14:58.

Gospel: Mt 28:16-20

How grateful, dear friends, should we be to God? That we have the knowledge though Christ that has saved us from falling into either one of these extremes. We are human beings, created in the image and likeness of God, we are not a blight upon this planet and nor is the earth void of meaning. Rather, this physicality is part of God’s revelation and what does it say to us? That we, because we are created in His image, because we are redeemed by the Blood of the cross, that we are essentially good. It can be difficult for us as Catholics to believe that. We are good. That when our sins are forgiven, they are forgiven and they are forgotten and we are essentially good because we are the image of God on earth.