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HAPPY LITURGICAL NEW YEAR 2019!!!  Here we go again beginning another YEAR of GRACE with the call of ADVENT: Christ is coming soon; so live with hope and WAKE UP!  (Preached at St. Augustine Church 10 am mass on December 2, 2018)

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Have YOU suffered from Amnesia or Identity Theft?  In fact, every Christian, at times, suffers from these afflictions.  It strikes us when we forget WHOSE we are and WHY we even follow Jesus and go to Church.  This homily explores the problem and the ANSWER: BBLP!  (Preached at Shrine of Sacred Heart on November 18 at 10 am mass) 

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In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus praises the extreme generosity of a widow, who gave all she had to the Lord.  Unfortunately, we often hold something back, hedge our bets, resist the CALL to give our ALL.  (preached at Christ the King, Nov. 11, 2018)

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The world is a mess; politics are a mess; the Church is a mess-what year?   No, not 2018 but 1205--the year that Francis of Assisi first heard the call of Jesus--Go and Rebuild my Church for it is falling into ruin.   Taking our lead from St. Francis' own playbook, how do we rebuild the Church today (preached at Capuchin Cafe --Nov. 10,2018)

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This homily was preached during the 40th Anniversary Mass for my dear brother and friend--Br. Bob Herrick, OFM Cap.  The homily reflects on the meaning of both consecrated and baptismal commitment in light of the Sunday Gospel.

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The great St. Bernard wrote the following about the saints: "Let us long for those who are longing for us, hasten to those who are waiting for us, and ask those who look for our coming to intercede for us."  Inspired by St. Bernard's thought, I preached this homily at Archbishop Carroll High School (Nov. 1, 2018).

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When Jesus healed a deaf man (today's Gospel), he groaned out two words--words that can also heal us:  Ephphatha....BE OPENED...OPEN UP!  (Preached at St. Augustine's Church 9/9/18 at 10 am mass)

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Heart disease kills many, but spiritual heart disease kills even more, as it takes away the fullness of Life that Christ longs to give us.    This homily explores 3 simple ways to stay heart smart for Jesus--Eat right, Exercise, and see the DOCTOR regularly. --Preached at St. Michael's in Mt Airy (9/2/18) at 10:30 am.

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The world, the country, the Church--all three are in crisis: a time of danger and yet opportunity.  In every age and at every crisis moment, Jesus asks us a demanding question: "Do you want to leave me too"?  May we find the Grace to say with St. Peter, "But Master, where would we go; you have the words of eternal life."

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Once again, the news about the Catholic Church is tragic: we read about priests doing the most horrific things to the most vulnerable among us--children.  Moreover, we are discovering more institutional cover-ups and malfeasance.  If you went to a Catholic Church this Sunday or chose to stay home, the question must be asked, "Why be Catholic?" at such a moment in history.  This homily was preached in the hopes that folks might draw some hope and inspiration at this dark hour.  (Preached at St. Augustine's on August 19, 2018)

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