Monthly Archives: December 2014

Leftover Jesus

This article first appeared in The New Wine Press of November 25, 2004. A small addition follows. ***** Imagine that you’ve been invited over to spend a Sunday afternoon to the house of someone that you’d really like to get to know better for the Holy Grail of Real Man activities, watching the NFL. The […]

Homily: Holy Family 2014

Readings of the Day While I’m hanging out and surfing the channels during the holiday season, I enjoy all the retrospectives on TV series and movies from the Sixties, Seventies and so forth. It’s great to hear what was going on backstage: all the struggles to get the project off the ground, all the people […]

Homily: Christmas Midnight, 2014

Readings of the Day Night has had a certain fascination for us ever since our ancestors started building fires to light it. The time without light connects with primordial chaos, with wild unpredictable spirits, with sinister deeds and motives. We are naturally afraid of night, particularly of that absolute pitch blackness which disorients us and […]


Recently I was helping out at a nearby parish, and I ran into someone I’ve known from the first parish I served in. That person said that I sounded “seasoned.” I’ve been a priest for 14 ½ years: when I started I used to mark the first time I did particular sacraments, such as my […]

Homily: 4th Sunday of Advent, Cycle B

Readings of the Day Pope Francis was in the news this week in a big way, more than usual. The United States and Cuba came to an agreement to resume diplomatic relations, and both gave the Holy Father credit for facilitating the process. This doesn’t make everything right this instant, but it is huge step […]

Searching for Peace

We’re happy to describe Middle Eastern terrorists as Muslim or Islamic. It’s hard to separate it, and if I were to try, I imagine most people wouldn’t understand what I’m talking about. This extends to the man who took over a storefront in Australia and eventually died when the police broke in: new reports consistently […]

Homily: 3rd Sunday in Advent, Cycle B

Readings of the Day The first book of the Lord of the Rings is a great escape story as Frodo, Sam and their companion try to reach a save haven, Rivendell. A sanctuary, a place of refuge, a place where things will be all right. It’s a dangerous journey, with unexpected traps and unexpected friends, […]

Loving More Perfectly

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection […]

Homily: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Readings of the Day Do you remember where you were at age 14? Junior High school, probably, or High School perhaps. A time of changes, a time of uncertainty, a time of not knowing what was ahead. In many ways you weren’t a kid anymore, but you didn’t know what you really were or were […]

Second Sunday of Advent, Cycle B

Readings of the Day  Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? Do those of you older than kids remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? If you still don’t know, that’s all right. When you figure out what you’re going to do with your life, even what […]