Here’s my homily from this morning. We walk by faith, not by sight. The great Catholic writer G.K Chesterton said that what is most true in life are the myths, legends, and children’s imagination, not what can be seen. The kingdom of God is within you.
Jesus uses the word righteous in this morning’s Gospel. As long as it’s God through Jesus that makes us right, and we acknowledge that, it’s a beautiful goal. Self-righteous is arrogance. It is God who makes us right with Him, never ourselves.
Can I remind you of the importance of what we call the Eastern Churches? The Church in Rome didn’t flourish until the time of Constantine, while the Churches in the East had been flourishing for centuries. I reflect on that today, the feast of St. Ephrem
Faith is the pearl of great price. Sometimes people can lose their faith, but, more often, our faith becomes stale. We can never go wrong with putting our faith into the furnace of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. He will enflame the embers of our faith.
June is dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. You can picture the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, can’t you? His face is looking at us in invitation and His Hands are pointing to His broken heart that’s on fire with love and compassion for us.
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It’s a grand weekend before us at the Archdiocese of New York. Tomorrow we have the joy of ordaining 10 to the priesthood. Sunday is the feast of the Most Blessed Trinity and Monday is Memorial Day.
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Did you know where Bartimaeus was? He was pushed aside by the crowd. Jesus always finds those who are forgotten, neglected, and excluded. Watch this morning’s homily here:
It’s fitting we celebrate the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church today. Some say the Church was born when the side of Jesus was opened on the Cross, others say the birthday of the Church is Pentecost. Mary was there for both. Watch today’s homily here:
We learn so much about the first days of the Church in the Acts of the Apostles, and we can see the essentials of Church life already in place. You can watch my homily from this morning’s Mass here: