The year I decided to enter seminary; my Grandfather took a turn for the worse. At the time I was afraid that he would pass away and it would interfere with my first days at the seminary. Unreasonably I thought they might not let me go to my grandfather’s funeral if it happened within the … Continue reading The Cost of Discipleship
When we think about humility, what comes to mind? Whatever comes to your mind, I would like to provide you with an image you may not immediately think of when it comes to humility. That is of hobbits from the Lord of the Rings. If you have seen the movies I’m sure you know who … Continue reading Those who are Humble will be Exalted
I recorded two homilies over the weekend both are included. 4pm 11am When you think of images of strength, what do you think of? Maybe you would think of people who are physically strong, or maybe strong in leadership skills, emotionally strong, or so many other types of strength. We hear Jesus tell us to … Continue reading The Strength we need
There are those moments in our lives where we may face fires and difficulties. In my own life, I had one of those moments. I was a deacon anticipating my priestly ordination and, I get an email from the rector saying he wanted to meet with me. It’s just like being called into the principal’s … Continue reading God’s Joy in the Midst’s of Tribulation
A couple of years ago, I went to visit the Holy Land with some of my classmates from the seminary. One day we went to visit the place Mary went to visit Elizabeth. The same place where Elizabeth welcomed Mary with joy, the same place where Mary sang her great hymn praising the Lord. What … Continue reading Mary’s Assumption
I was asked one time what your biggest fear in life is? After giving it, some thought I said, “that I put a long time and effort into something, and it would be all for nothing.” Maybe we can relate to that in our own lives. There are things that we set our minds to, … Continue reading Building up Treasures in Heaven
When I was in high school, I went on a week-long camp, which we called the Catholic Leadership Institute or CLI. During the week, we had a priest with us and there as spiritual support for us. One evening the priest was available for confession, and some of the leaders put on an examination of … Continue reading God nails our sins to the cross.