Monday, August 29, 2016

Beheading of St. John the Baptist

Today is the memorial of the Death of St. John the Baptist, the only saint outside of the Holy Family to get two feast days in the general calendar. The subject of today's feast has also been a common theme in classical art, leading to some beautiful yet morbid renderings of the event. Regardless of how you feel about the art, HERE's my homily for the day.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Getting Humility Right

I know I've been pretty quiet on the blog lately. I got to chaplain a backpacking trip for Wyoming Catholic College that had me away from technology for eight blessed days. Hopefully I'll be able to share a few pictures from that soon. In the meantime, it's also a joy to be back in Jackson and preaching regularly again. HERE's my homily from this Sunday, and here's the Litany of Humility that I talked about in the homily:

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus. 
From the desire of being loved...
From the desire of being extolled ...
From the desire of being honored ...
From the desire of being praised ...
From the desire of being preferred to others...
From the desire of being consulted ...
From the desire of being approved ...
From the fear of being humiliated ...
From the fear of being despised...
From the fear of suffering rebukes ...
From the fear of being calumniated ...
From the fear of being forgotten ...
From the fear of being ridiculed ...
From the fear of being wronged ...
From the fear of being suspected ...

That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. 
That others may be esteemed more than I ...
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease ...
That others may be chosen and I set aside ...
That others may be praised and I unnoticed ...
That others may be preferred to me in everything...
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

What Really Matters

I just realized I never posted Sunday's homily, and this one was actually asked for after Mass! So sorry for the delay! HERE is my homily from this Sunday.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Persistence, But Trust

Sorry the homily is a day late, but yesterday Jesus gave us one half of his teaching on prayer. The other half of his teaching he demonstrated later. HERE's my homily from the day.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Walk Humbly with your God

The message of Christ, both in our day and in Jesus's day, is very similar to the call of the prophets through the generations of ancient Israel, summarized well by the prophet Micah in today's first reading:
You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.
HERE's my homily from this morning.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The One Thing Needed

We all identify to some degree with either Martha or Mary in today's gospel, and most people I meet say they identify with Martha more than Mary. It's important to note that Jesus doesn't condemn Martha or her activeness, he points out that Mary is doing the one necessary thing, being with Jesus. HERE's my homily from this morning.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Silence and Carmelites

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. For many years now, I've loved Carmelite spirituality but I could never quite figure out why until recently. I was recently pointed to a Carmelite author who wrote:
"If the impossible were to take place and the past were suddenly obliterated and tradition no longer existed, and the call of the living God were to sound for the first time in a soul, this call would carry with it the spirit of Carmel in all its freshness, its newness, its eternal richness. Because it is of God and is pure reference to God, this spirit is distinguished by a clarity, a simplicity, and a limpidity that are absolute. It has nothing to do with techniques. It fears more than all else material and spiritual encumbrances, multiplicity of means, devotion, and spiritual exercises. It is God just as God is that it seeks and desires: God, for the mind all mystery, but for the soul light and delicious knowledge." 
Basically, what I realized is that Carmelite is an utterly simple focus on God. Anyway, HERE's my homily from today, although it is far less eloquent than that quote.