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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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On August 15th, the Church celebrates how God said HIS final glorious YES to that peasant woman, MARY, who always said YES to HIM.  (Preached at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on August 15, 2018 at 8:30 am)

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Throughout the Gospels, we find a Jesus who frequently spends long, intense hours in prayer--communing with His Father  and receiving strength for his ministry.  Do we pray like that?  Do we know how to step aside and rest with the Lord?  This homily explores Christ's command to PRAY  (Preached at St. Matthew's Cathedral on July 22, 2018 at 11:30 mass)

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St. Patrick tried to explain the mystery of the Trinity by holding up a shamrock--a three-leafed clover reflecting the triune nature of God.  However, there exists an even more compelling symbol of the Trinity--a better shamrock: THE HUMAN HEART.  (Preached at St. Peter & Paul's Church in Easton, MD at 10:30 am-May 27)

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Obviously, our culture is fascinated by the SUPERHERO--that seemingly ordinary human who saves the world through extraordinary gifts.  WHY?  Could the call of Christ be buried in our fascination?  (Preached at Christ the King in Silver Spring at 10:30 am on May 13, 2018)

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On the night before Jesus died, he left us THE great commencement speech.  We become graduates from the School of Jesus when we choose to do the one thing HE commanded: LOVE (Preached at Christ the King, Silver Spring on May 7, 2018 at 10:30 am)

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The Risen Jesus asks the disciples, “Why are you troubled?”  The questions that trouble us are innumerable, but to every question—Jesus is the answer.  (Preached Sunday, April 15 at Christ the King, Silver Spring) 

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