How easy it would be for a priest, or any Catholic, to get discouraged these days. Reminders of our failures and their consequences seem to be everywhere, including in this morning’s Gospel, where Jesus speaks terrifying words to those who harm children.And yet during the past week, I have had one experience after another of God renewing the Church.It started last Sunday, when young adults gathered to hear one of our parishioners talk about his medical missions in Haiti, Ecuador and Indonesia. Except the message they heard from Dr. Tim Kostamo wasn’t really about his work as an orthopedic surgeon;
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In the Light of the Master
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? James
Today is part 3 of our 5 part homiletic series based on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation (which is a message that encourages a community of people to undertake a particular activity but does not define Church doctrine) Rejoice and Be Glad: a call to Holiness.
This is the third time in four Sundays that I’ve spoken about the current crisis in the Church. My first two homilies are posted here and here.But today I’d like to let some of you speak. Parishioners have reached out to share their thoughts with me—challenging and informed reactions along with heartfelt feelings.The most powerful reaction is anger. People feel betrayed and they’re not going to suppress their feelings. One parishioner wrote “I think parishioners need to feel empowered to [express their anger] without feeling guilt and disloyalty to the Church.”Amen to that. In my first homily on this subject,