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The Story Behind a Chalice

Here’s a video explaining the symbolism and personal meaning behind all the imagery used in my chalice design! Hope you enjoy.

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Jesus Deserves Good Friends

Homily for Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter Have you ever tried to maintain a friendship, but it just wasn’t working? The person always had something else going on… maybe they had something better to do than spend time with you? Or maybe they were unreliable — They forgot promises, ignored responsibilities, never returned […]

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Look at the Son!

Homily for Our Lady of Fátima “Look at the Sun!” That’s what Lucia, the oldest of the three Fátima shepherd children, cried out on that cold, wet October day — surrounded by 75,000 people, all huddled together in the pouring down rain in the Portugal countryside. It had been raining relentlessly all day up to […]

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Stay Famished

Homily for the Memorial of St. Catherine of Siena In our gospel today, Jesus says point blank: “Whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” On the surface, this seems to totally contradict today’s saint — St. Catherine of Siena — whose words we find in the Office […]

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God became like the sick

God became like the sick, so that the sick might become like God. This humbling truth is perhaps best depicted in a famous image of the Crucifixion in the Isenheim Altarpiece by the artist, Matthias Grünwald.  It is an incredibly gruesome painting, showing Jesus in absolute agony on the Cross: His body is twisted, his […]

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On Idolatry, Fear and Control

Listen to a recording of this homily here: We all want control. And when we finally think have control… we immediately start to worry that we’re gonna lose it. That is exactly the dynamic we see in our first reading today from the first book of Kings. The Davidic Kingdom has recently been divided and […]

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Jesus is Astonishingly Real

Homily for the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul Listen to the recording of the homily here: Before entering seminary, I had an opportunity to go on a pilgrimage in Rome. We arrived later in the evening, and it became quickly apparent that the Wi-Fi  in our hotel was terrible. So, like any good […]

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Eating with Sinners

Listen to the recorded homily: Readings for Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time “Why does Jesus eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Because Jesus is the perfect evangelizer. He is so natural, so smooth, so unassuming in his masterful way of loving people, that he’s able to easily slip into their daily life. […]

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The Time Came – A Christmas Homily

Christmas Readings “The time came for her to have her child.” The time came for each one of us. For me, the time came at 7PM sharp on August 30th, 1988. For my sister, the time came at 2:30AM on May 15th, 1991. For my beautiful little niece, the time finally came at 5:30AM on […]

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Give Jesus, Without Cost

Homily for Memorial of Saint Ambrose Readings for the Day “Without cost you have received. Without cost you are to give.” These words come to us in a season of gift-receiving and gift-giving, with Christmas just two and a half weeks away now. It might be helpful, therefore, to reflect on THE GREATEST gift-giver the […]