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Tim McGraw gave the music world the country song of the year in 2004--a tribute to his deceased father, Tug: "Live Like You were dying."  But 800 years before that, St. Francis of Assisi demonstrated with every fiber of his being how to put McGraw's song into vibrant action.  (Preached at St. Francis of Assisi in Derwood on October 6, 2019--Belated Patronal Feast of the Parish)

In one of the strangest parables of Luke's Gospel, Jesus has a man praise an dishonest employee because he showed ingenuity and enthusiasm for self-preservation.  Then, the Lord draws a stunning observation: "children of this world" often show more initiative than the "children of the light."  This homily explores how Christians might get more fired up for their Faith in Christ--the Source of Fire itself.  (Preached at St. Peter and Paul's Church in Easton, MD--Sept. 22, 2019)

The Parable of the Prodigal Son is THE most revealing example of how DEEP & MARVELOUS is the MERCY of GOD.  God invites us (His prodigal children) to the Banquet of His Mercy; however, there are two forces, two party poopers that can ruin the celebration: Resentment and Shame.  (Preached on Sept. 15, 2019 at St. Augustine's Parish, DC)

Jesus uses parables to explain the inbreaking of God's Kingdom into this world; many of those parables focuse on the theme of unexpected surprise.  Indeed, the famous child's game of peekaboo can reveal much about the coming of God's Kingdom here and now.

St. Augustine towers over Christian history as one of the greatest doctors of the Church; he is true friend to souls feeling weak, lost and wondering "Where is God."  . This homily, preached at the wonderful St. Augustine's parish in DC, is a tribute to how to find our Lord using Dr. Gus as our guide.  (Preached August 25, 2019)

Twenty-five years ago today (July 9,1994) I professed my first vows as a Capuchin-Franciscan friar in Pittsburgh, PA.  I will never find enough words to thank God for HIS Calling--a calling to follow Jesus (my Savior, Lord and Friend), to be a laborer in His Vineyard, to be His ambassador of loving mercy and compassion.  The Church readings for this day (Tuesday of the 14th Week of Ordinary Time) marvelously express my understanding of Christ's call.  How do you spell coincidence?  GOD (This short reflection was preached during mass at Capuchin College with only friars in attendance). 

At the end of John's Gospel, Jesus asks Peter: "do you love me?."  That's the question that should wake us up each morning, animate our day, and focus our entire life:  Do we love Jesus?  This homily explores three ways to REMAIN in the LOVE of the Lord.  (Preached at St. Augustine's 12:30 pm on May 7, 2019)

Divine Mercy Sunday comes with an invitation to know the "PEACE that surpasses all understanding"--to quote a very funny episode of Seinfeld: we are called to "Serenity NOW."  Unfortunately, many Christians don't experience deep PEACE because the don't listen to the Risen Jesus, who invites us to touch/name the wound and claim HIS VICTORY.

Last week the holy mother of a dear friend was called home to the Lord--Camille Palombo.  I had the honor of preaching at her funeral celebration.   Camille was/is a marvelous example of St. Therese's Little Way of Holiness, as she demonstrated in the ordinary tasks of life an extraordinary LOVE, which calls us to believe, bless and belong.  These actions seem perfect point for reflection as we enter this holiest of weeks.

Pope Francis proclaims that the JOY OF THE GOSPEL should fill the hearts of those who encounter JESUS.  Indeed, our hearts will be filled if we take our cue from MARY, OUR MOTHER.  Her Yes (her FIAT) is always the Gateway to God's Promised JOY.   (Talk given on April 7, 2019 to Sodality of St. Gabriel's Parish.)

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