Homilies

Sixth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Feb 13, 2018 in Homilies

Sixth Sunday of the Year Homily

  SIXTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 11 February 2018 Homily On this last weekend before the beginning of Lent, a story which points us toward Lent. Some of you many remember Bishop Fulton Sheen.  He was a precursor to many of the TV evangelists. He had a style and a flair for the dramatic and was probably the only Catholic church person who knew how to use TV. Once he went to visit a leper colony in Africa. He brought with him enough small silver crucifixes to each of the 500 lepers living in the camp. The first leper to meet him had only a stump of his left arm. His right arm and hand were covered...

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Fifth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Feb 6, 2018 in Homilies

Fifth Sunday of the Year Homily

FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 4 February 2018 Homily About the earliest thing I remember praying for was a horse. By the time I was in second grade Jesus was very real to me and I had learned, that when you are in need, when you want something, you ask Jesus. It may seem silly now but I had it all worked out how the horse would live in our garage. I discussed these plans with Jesus and because my parents seemed so dead set against it, I knew that only Jesus could make a horse appear in our garage. What about you?  What is the first thing you remember asking for in prayer? From Jesus? The strange...

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Fourth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Jan 31, 2018 in Homilies

Fourth Sunday of the Year Homily

FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 28 January 2018 Homily We have this great image of Jesus–kind and gentle, the good shepherd. We’re still recovering from Christmas–the image of Jesus, a baby, a child, harmless, cute. Just last weekend, Jesus calls his first disciples– they are intrigued, attracted and become attached. But then this weekend, the first crack in the picture. Jesus meets a complete stranger and for however you want to explain it, the stranger shrieks at him, is terrified of him, and wants nothing to do with him. Not everyone who meets Jesus thinks he’s so hot. The Marcan author is...

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Third Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Jan 24, 2018 in Homilies

Third Sunday of the Year Homily

THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 21 JANUARY 2018 HOMILY As most of you know I was raised in a small town: 312 people, 7 bars, and 1 Catholic Church. Life was not easy for these people who got some of the worst farming land around. The hard life made them hearty, it also made them a bit contrary. I’ve always said that was one place I would never want to be pastor. There are too many “contentious” people in that parish–most of them are my relatives. Hatley generally did not get the cream of the crop of pastors. However for one brief shining moment of about 15 years, after I was ordained they had...

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Second Sunday of Advent Homily

Posted on Dec 12, 2017 in Homilies

Second Sunday of Advent Homily

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT 10 December 2017 Homily Robertson and Muriel McQuilkin were married for 55 years. They had a wonderful life together. He was a minister and president of a seminary, She an artist, counselor and teacher. In 1979. Alzheimer’s disease began taking hold of Muriel. As the disease progressed, Robertson resigned his position to take care of Muriel. For 25 years he stood by his beloved Muriel as her condition deteriorated. He wrote three articles in Christianity Today about this last chapter of their lives. To all those people who wondered how he could walk away from his...

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First Sunday of Advent Homily

Posted on Dec 6, 2017 in Homilies

First Sunday of Advent Homily

  FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT 3 December 2017 When I was first ordained I used to regularly visit an elderly woman who had had a hard life. Her husband had been an alcoholic who ran off and left her w/ 5 children to raise. Which she did, working a factory job and doing laundry on the side. Her oldest son was killed in World War II. In her old age this woman developed colon cancer. One day I saw her in the hospital. She was in a great deal of pain and a long recovery period was forecast. When I came in she managed a bit of a smile and raised her hand to touch mine. We talked a bit.  She asked...

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Christ the King Homily

Posted on Nov 28, 2017 in Homilies

Christ the King Homily

  FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING 26 November 2017 Several years ago I spent a few days in Waashington, DC.   It is one of my favorite cites. One of the things I did was go to the Vietnam Memorial–the Black Wall with the name of every soldier who died in Vietnam on it. I arrived at about 10:00 pm and was amazed by the number of people who were there. I was moved as well by the number of people who were openly grieving at the site– after all these years, still grieving. Maybe because it was dark, maybe because I too had lived through that era, and maybe because you can’t go to the...

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Thirty-Third Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Nov 22, 2017 in Homilies

Thirty-Third Sunday of the Year Homily

  THIRTY THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 19 NOVEMBER 2017   HOMILY Several years ago I drove to my parent’s home in Hatley to take them out to dinner.   Now, my parents were at that age, where they liked to go for the early bird specials. We left for the restaurant plenty early; as a matter of fact too early.  It wasn’t even open yet. Right next door to the restaurant, however,  was a casino. My parents eagerly suggested we go in to pass the time. I had never been in one of these northern Wisconsin casinos. Amazing places. It was packed. I turned to my father and said: “Why would all of these...

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