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There’s More to It


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Run Time: approximately 11 minutes. Reading 2: 1 Cor 7:32-35.

Pray for your priests. It is a beautiful life. It is a sacrifice worth making. But know as surely that I need your prayers as you are guaranteed mine. And that together, we stand as a sign for each other. To direct our thoughts and our works toward those of God and His will, toward that reward in His grace, which this world cannot give.

Which Is More Important?


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Run Time: approximately 11 minutes. Gospel: Mt 22:34-40.

…it’s easy enough when He says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind…” to start with – and end: “already He’s got that L-word in there.’ … “You shall love ~ mind.” – it doesn’t mean “You shall have warm feelings towards the Lord your God with all your heart, your soul and your mind.” Or that you should think nice things. [Not] even that you should have affection for the Lord your God – although this is a fruit of devotion and piety…. But first, when we hear in the bible the word ‘love’ you can almost always substitute ‘sacrifice’. You shall sacrifice to the Lord your God – your whole heart, make an offering of it. Your whole mind, to make a submission and an offering. Your whole soul, that you shall give before the Lord your God your whole self…

Lay Aside Me


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Run Time: approximately 11 minutes. Gospel: Mt 18:15-20.

…we’re made for others. We’re made for the sake of others and the deepest and most important callings in life are about how we recognize – how we acknowledge – that truth of who we are before God and how we live it out. Whether in marriage, or priesthood, or religious vocation, our lives are meant to be built around that fact that I was born to be given and to receive the gift and the blessing of others and the whole of the world and society is built on this.

The Purpose of Suffering


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Run Time: approximately 13 and a half minutes. Gospel: Mt 16:21-27.

… can we speak of the meaning and the purpose and the truth of suffering in this world? I think any proposed gospel that sort of dances around suffering is worse than useless – and it is not of Christ.

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.

The Cross – The Christian Sign

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Run Time: 11 minutes.     Reading 2: Gal 6:14-18.

I don’t know that we think about that so often: That all of the Sacraments, one way or another, draw from the font of grace that is opened at the cross. Baptism that gives new life, born in the waters that flowed forth from His wounded side with His Precious blood. To the sacrament of Confession, where the sins are forgiven and washed away by the power of His cross. Most especially to this Holy Eucharist. Which we ought to remember is that same offering, made to God the Father, in the name of our Lord. It is the same offering of His cross, made present here and now that happened once for all, upon that hill of Calvary. That’s why we’ve begun again to turn together towards the Lord, to show more clearly and more fully, this offering that is made by priestly hands in the name of Christ the high priest. The offering of His cross for the forgiveness of your sins and mine – and the offering of His Body and Blood, pierced for love of us. That is our boast. Not just our acceptance. Not just, ‘well I guess that’s part of the deal.’ It is the boast, that each marriage, each career, each life lived in Christ is in imitation of His cross, and it is in the cross that that life takes meaning and has hope. It is our boast in the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ. That death and sin have been conquered. That my own ego and will have been conquered. It’s selfish “me” has been crucified, and Christ now lives in me. This is our boast. That the powers of this world have no dominion anymore. And that the power of Christ and the life given through Him is now my inheritance.