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Every Sunday the Church invites Her members to recite together these stunning words: "I believe in the Resurrection of the Dead and life of the world to come."  Wow, do we really believe it?  This homily hopes to strengthen our faith by turning to the HEAD and HEART.  (Preached on November 10, 2019 at St. Augustine's 10 am mass)

The story of short-statured Zaccheus jumping out of tree for Jesus is OUR STORY!  We are always being called by Jesus to jump out of Anger, Self and Shame to experience God's Forgiveness, Mercy and New Life.  (Preached on November 3, 2019 at St. Augustine's 8 am mass)

Everything Jesus did and said were meant to FREE us from our many forms of bondage.  Jesus taught us often to embrace humility--WHY? Because Humility frees us from the Concentration Camp of our BIG FAT EGOS. (Preached at JackYacs 20th Anniversary Mass--St. John's in Philadelphia, Oct. 227, 2019)

In his book The power of Silence Against the Dictatorship of Noise, Cardinal Robert Sara says, "Silence is more important than any other human work." The profound truth of this audacious statement is explored in the following talk/  (Preached at CapCafe, October 26, 2019)

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). 

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