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Look Upon Your Own Death | Homily for Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross

Every time we look at the Cross of Jesus Christ, we look upon our own death. This is the boast of the Christian soul, right? That in the Lord Jesus, we have already died. And so looking to the Cross is to look at our own dying and rising in Him. Yes, we look upon […]

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Do We Expect God to be God?

I was so happy to return to Blessed Sacrament in Harrisonburg this past weekend to assist and preach at mass. Here are the readings from this Sunday’s liturgy.

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Life is More Than Roller Coasters

Homily for 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time What do we have that will really last? When I was in high school and up through college, the thing that I staked my entire life on for some reason, and it still seems crazy to this day, was roller coasters. I was a ful-blown roller coaster enthusiast. […]

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Asking, Seeking, Knocking

Homily for 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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You’re Too Weak? Good.

Homily for 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time — Sacred Heart, Prince George, VA “I’m too weak to be a deacon.” I shared these words with a priest in confession a couple of weeks into my life as a brand new baby deacon. And the priest’s response was frustratingly wise: “Good! This is good news!” … […]

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Have I Been With You So Long? – Homily for Corpus Christi

This past January, I went on a silent retreat way out in South Bend, Indiana in preparation for my ordination to the diaconate. Just as I was about to switch off my phone and go into full-on retreat mode, I got the kind of text that nobody ever wants to receive… My Grandma was going […]

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Filled to the Brim – Pentecost

“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.” As I prayed over this weekend’s Scriptures for Pentecost, a word kept jumping off the page over and over — “Fill.” A noise like a strong driving wind… filled the entire house. They were filled with the Holy Sprit. It seems that whenever and wherever the […]

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Give Glory, Receive Peace – Homily for 6th Sunday of Easter

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.” I would like to meditate on the peace Jesus wants to give us — but I’d like to do so through the lens of an incredibly ancient prayer — one that we pray […]

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First Homily: The Church is Worth Loving

This homily was delivered at my first mass I served as a deacon at St. Mary’s in Richmond, VA on May 19, 2019 At the end of mass last weekend, after inviting the entire St. Mary’s community to yesterday’s diaconate ordination, Fr Mike shared some off-the-cuff words with us. He said: “It fills me with […]