Category Archives: HOMILIES

Homily 2019 09 15 Prodigal Son and descriptions of (im-)perfect contrition

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The one thing I forgot to mention in this homily was that the “pity” or “compassion” the Father had upon seeing his prodigal son is something rather altogether more precisely the kind of mercy that belongs to Jesus alone. And, indeed, the word used is employed exclusively for the mercy Jesus shows to us sinners. It’s not that Jesus merely had compassion or pity, but rather that His very heart was sacrificed. Yes. And it was, for us, literally, in the agony of the garden and upon the cross and upon our altars.


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Homily 2017* 09 15 Our Lady of Sorrows

Mary pieta

Word-carved Pieta from Austria 1420 AD, not the one I speak about in the homily, but similar to it in a remote kind of way.

[[ I’m reposting this as not many sermons in the world were on Our Lady of Sorrows as the feast fell on a Sunday this year. ]]

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I’ve been recording my homilies these past days, but it never worked, until I realized that I have to but the little flash card in the recorder for it to work. Sigh. But I did it today.

About today. Here’s something humiliating but great for improvement. I realize in listening to this – it is so very painful – that if I’m thinking out a homily on the spot, you can hear me thinking kind of like hearing the grass grow. Sssssllllloooooooowwwww.

Well, now I know. Glad I know. Anyway, I tell two stories, one about my mom and one about Lourdes. Kind of. I need to be more prepared.

I also learned I’ll have to keep the recorder closer to me while I speak. It’s a little fading here and there. So I learn. Anyway, hope you like it.

UPDATE: This is the Pieta I mention in the homily. Originally, the bank of candles surrounded the image in front and to both sides on wooden shelves, in front of which, all the way around, there were kneelers so that many people could be there at the same time.

pieta st mary cathedral st cloud mn


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Homily 2019 06 20 Jesus vs Satan – Translating the Lord’s Prayer…


Dear Pope Francis, if you want to translate the finer points of Sacred Scripture from its original Greek, you might ask a Scripture Scholar. This Missionary of Mercy is at your service.


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Homily 2019 05 29 Assenting to the faith

Holy Spirit Saint Peter Window

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Homily 2019 05 22 NOT as the world

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Homily 2019 May 19 Working for Jesus

angel face palm

When I got to the part of the story in the homily about the man ready plunge the butcher knife into the heart of the priest, pretty much everyone did a guardian angel face-palm.

But then…

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Homily 2019 05 05 Self-Esteem? Jesus!

lightning vatican holy see st peter


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Homily 2019 04 29 St Catherine of Siena

saint catherine of siena

Am I too rough? If I told you the full story, you would have cheered if I had hit the guy.

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Homily 2019 04 28 Divine Justice Sunday


The fiercest Divine Mercy Sunday homily I’ve ever preached, that’s for sure.


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Homily 2019 04 26 Credibility for Jesus, not for apostles, bishops, priests or us

Jesus Peter Fish

Peter: Let’s go fishing because we don’t have the gumption to speak about Jesus because we ran away from Calvary and we have no credibility. Maybe we can regain credibility by having better policies about fishing vacations for priests.

Other ten apostles: Hey! Great idea! Let’s have conversations on how to save ourselves and our credibility while not changing a thing about our lives.

Jesus: To hell with you sinners if you keep that up! You will never be credible. Why would you want to be credible? The point of religion is NOT to give yourselves credibility. Belief is to be directed at God, not yourselves. Do you pretend to be God in seeking credibility? Preach about God and stop congratulating yourselves about what supposed heroes you are. You are not. Admit it, and in that way, being forgiven for your sin, be a good example, pointing people to me, your Savior, the Son of the Living God. It is I who will come to judge the living and the dead and world by fire.

  • In this homily the modus operandi of the abuse crisis is attacked.
  • I never know what I’m going to preach about. I learn at my homilies. I blame my guardian angel for anything good in my homilies. I will surely never look at this Gospel the same way again. I am convicted of my own lack. Jesus, mercy!



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Homily 2018 04 23 – Saint George

saint george stained glass window

Re-posted today, the Feast of Saint George, as the pictures are great!


Well now. That’s scary. I did a massive search for the fellow I mention in this homily and I couldn’t find one single trace of him anywhere.

Anyway, this is how Saint George was put to death by the Roman Empire:

saint george martyrdom

Anyway, Saint George lives! Saint George lives! Saint George lives!

saint george icon



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Homily 2018 03 30 – Good Friday and the Silence of God. Oh my…

holy sepulcher

Too long of a homily, so, just some bullet points:

  • God’s Word, His Son, becomes Incarnate so as to forgive our sin in all mercy but by way of justice, He taking on the punishment for our sin, death, the innocent for the guilty, so that He might have the right in His own justice to have mercy on us.
  • We ask in our idiocy: “Where is God? Why is He silent?” But we don’t mean it. We don’t want to hear God speak to us. That’s why we killed him.

  • Jesus’ corpse answers with silence that screams out His love for us so loudly that our reaction so as not to hear Him is to distract ourselves with such noise that can’t hear His silence speaking to us from the tomb. We seal ourselves off from everything and everyone, especially Jesus in His eloquent silence, through alcohol and drugs and distractions which really cost us lots of money. When I mentioned in my homily about the distractions which really cost us lots of money, there were very many who laughed.
  • When we finally hear the silence of God, of Jesus, in the tomb, speaking His love for us, He having heard us, He coming to the rescue with a mercy founded on justice, doing it the right way, with God knowing what suffering and death means, when we are stunned finally by the goodness and kindness of Jesus right to the end, perhaps then we can say in all the unearthly silence with His blood all over us – along with the soldier who had just shoved his spear into the side, into the Heart of Jesus: “Truly this was the Son of God.” That is: Truly this is the Son of God who hears us and speaks to us so eloquently from the tomb.


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Homily 2019 03 22 – Harvest of Murder

parable of murder in the vineyard

The Parable of the Vineyard and the murderous High Priests and Elders of the people. The more times change, the more they’re the same.

I reference something absolutely disgusting that will shrink the flock of Our Lord’s Catholic Church down to about nothing right around the world, but I don’t say what it is. It’s a policy change on the vetting of seminarians. Sooo disgusting… More on that elsewhere.

But there’s hope. Find out why:

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Homily 2019 03 21 My child: Stay in hell!

dives lazarus

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Homily 2019 03 17 – Transfiguration


In direct proportion to how much I realize I’m bad and evil, that’s also how much I love preaching. Well, to put that differently, preaching draws me into the Tremendous Sacred Mystery of Christ’s love for us. The transfiguration is about all of salvation history. Yikes. I need redemption, salvation. I love preaching. I absolutely love preaching.

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Homily 2019 03 10 – Satan vs Jesus


Jesus tempted on His mandates being a Prophet, Priest and King, tempted from the outside, teaches us how to deal with temptations from the world, the flesh and the devil, that is, in all our weakness.

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Homily 2019 03 07 – “My PRECIOUS!”

Gollum Lord of the Rings

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Homily 2019 03 06 – Ash Wednesday x3 – annoying and aggravating


All that prayer and fasting and almsgiving: so annoying; so aggravating! ;-)

One of our elderly men in the parish was laughing throughout this homily, thinking that what it meant was – as he told someone after Mass – that there was no way that they’re ever going to move me from the parish!

I guess this homily is one of those realistic homilies. It made for a lot of laughter that was admitting that what I was saying is the truth of it.

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Homily 2019 02 21 Calling people Satan


Obviously, the “sex synod” is a total failure even as it only begins. I’m not happy. So, let’s see… Who can we call Satan?

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Homily 2019 02 17 Beatitudes Lightning

lightning vatican holy see st peter

I’m so clever. I can come up with sophisticated meditations on the beatitudes.

And in that self-congratulation, I can avoid the life of the beatitudes. Indeed.

The beatitudes are too scary for me. Too in-your-face. Kind of like lightning. When it’s about to strike you it’s not possible a millionth of a nano-second beforehand to say, “Stop! Let me get out of the way!” No. Lightning strikes you and you are thrown to the ground. You are stunned if not outright unconscious. And in utter stupidity, I rely, I depend, I run to my clever, sophisticated commentary, thus remaining in my stupor.

There’s no way out of this for any of us from inside of ourselves, nor does Jesus say: “Do this! And then you will be happy!” No. The beatitudes are a description of the way things are when they are already being lived.

We can’t just “make a decision” so that then we are living the beatitudes and then we are happy. We can’t lift ourselves up by our own bootstraps, just ending up on our keisters.

If, instead, with the grace of Jesus, He drawing us into His friendship, we are enlivened by love of God and love of neighbor received into our hearts and souls and minds from Him, that is, His love and truth and goodness and kindness, then when we happen to come across the beatitudes on a random Sunday or in our own reading of the Scriptures, it will be like a lightning bolt striking us, but this time not stunning us, but rather vindicating us, strengthening us, encouraging us, we realizing that the joyous beatitudes are ours, not because we have gone after them, but because they have come after us, because Jesus has come after us.

Look up the beatitudes in the Gospels and ask how they strike you. Are you wiped out or enlivened, stunned into a catatonic state or steadfastly happy in your friendship with our Lord Jesus?

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