Homilies

Seventeenth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Aug 1, 2017 in Homilies

Seventeenth Sunday of the Year Homily

  SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 30 July 2017 Homily As most of you know the first parish to which I was assigned after ordination was St. Pat’s in Eau Claire. It was a great parish, those were my Camelot years. The people were good to me.  I learned a lot. Early on one parishioner said to me: “George you need more balance in your homilies. You seem to be saying it’s all or nothing.  God or nothing. What about people with families   , responsibilities. We can’t all be priests.” His comments stuck with me for a long time. How could I square the ordinary lives of people with a gospel...

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Fifteenth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 in Homilies

Fifteenth Sunday of the Year Homily

  FIFTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR   16 July 2017 Homily She rises each day at 5 am in her tiny prison cell. She spends the first hour of her day in prayer, and then begins her rounds of the prison cells. She brings clothing, soap, blankets to prisoners. She is not the warden, She is not one of the guards, she is a nun, who lives in the prison spending 10 hours a day visiting prisoners. Her life didn’t start out pointed in this direction. She grew up in Beverly Hills–Dinah Shore and Cary Grant were her neighbors. She has raised 7 children and lived through two marriages, the second...

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Fourteenth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 in Homilies

Fourteenth Sunday of the Year Homily

  FOURTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 9 July 2017 Homily We went to elementary   school together. I don’t get to see him much but our meetings set up comparisons–mile markers in my life. If I had chosen a different life, this is what it could look like. The last time we met, it was over dinner. He spoke about walking in on his wife and another man –in his own bedroom. I can only imagine how hard that must have been. Hard because of course this was his second marriage. After the first he swore he’d never let anyone get that close again. He did, and then for this to happen again. Well, it...

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Twelfth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Jun 28, 2017 in Homilies

Twelfth Sunday of the Year Homily

  TWELFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 25 June 2017 HOMILY Almost 20 years ago now a former student offered to take a group of us on a boat trip up and down the St. Croix. My good friend Mike came along. Several other former students also took the trip. It was a good reunion and also a sad one. The students who used to be very active in the church no longer went to church. We were on the river for about an hour when the former student who had organized the trip blanched white. I was sitting next to him and asked, “What’s wrong?” And then, the engine stopped. “Well,” I said, try restarting it.”...

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Corpus Christi Homily

Posted on Jun 20, 2017 in Homilies

Corpus Christi Homily

FEAST OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST 18 June 2017 Homily My good friend Mike spent four years getting his doctorate in Rome at San Anselmo. While he was there I was able to go over twice and do some touring. I have to admit that while I was there I did conclude the best thing about Rome is the food. I know it’s supposed to be the church or the art or something like that, but it’s the food. While Mike was ther e, since he was studying liturgy, he made it a point to experience the great liturgies of the different rites. In some cases he didn’t know much about what he was experiencing and...

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Sixth Sunday of Easter Homily

Posted on May 23, 2017 in Homilies

Sixth Sunday of Easter Homily

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER 21 May 2017 Homily “If you love me…..” Those words from Jesus in the gospel are haunting They are words which put all of us on our guard? They come from our spouses: “If you love me, you would……” From our parents–no matter how old we are: “If you don’t want to disappoint us you would…..” From our friends, again more often implied but still there: “If you were really my friend you would…..” “If you love me……” In most cases, we do love the people who make such statements to us. And yet we all experience this need to be reminded...

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Fifth Sunday of Easter Homily

Posted on May 17, 2017 in Homilies

Fifth Sunday of Easter Homily

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER 14 May 2017 Homily I didn’t intend to wake up to watch John Paul II’s funeral in the middle of the night. I did though.  Accidently. Like many people I was moved by the simplicity of his casket sitting there on the ground in front of St. Peter’s Basilica. This man used to be the most powerful person in the church. There he was, in a simple wooden box, on the ground. His funeral in the end, even though it was attended by the great and powerful, was really not much different than the funeral that anyone of us might have. There is a lesson there. It’s a hard lesson for...

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Fourth Sunday of Easter Homily

Posted on May 12, 2017 in Homilies

Fourth Sunday of Easter Homily

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER 7 May 2017 Homily I have a friend who moved into a “gentrified” neighborhood in St. Paul. It was one of those areas of the city which had basically fallen apart, the government came in and claimed the houses for back taxes and then sold them cheaply. One catch.  You had to live in them. My friend who is a college professor bought one of these homes. It was still a “bad” neighborhood when she moved in and started fixing up her home. It was an attractive place when she got through with it. And it was the perfect place for her to display the art she had collected all her...

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