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Homily: Hope Required for Endurance
Clean
March 13, 2020 10:03 AM PDT
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God offers us Hope so that we can endure the dark times of life. He offers this to the Apostles as they go up the mountain with Him, and see His glorified nature to be finally revealed after the Crucifixion. We need to treasure these moments when we get tunnel vision with life's difficulties.

HOMILY: The Nature of Temptation
Clean
March 03, 2020 05:30 AM PST
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At the root of all temptation is a lie about our Heavenly Father. It is meant to instill within us a fear that leads to prideful decisions. During Lent we must uproot these lies with Jesus at our side who counteracts each temptation by speaking the Truth about His Father.

Non Nisi te Domine - Beatitude and Resurrection
Clean
February 26, 2020 10:36 AM PST
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Every Lent, in Stratford area, an Ecumenical gathering of various Christian traditions come together to share a meal and have a guest speaker offer a reflection. I was asked to kick things off on Ash Wednesday, and here is the talk I gave. I might mention St. Thomas Aquinas, of course winking

HOMILY: An Apostolic Era of Holiness
Clean
February 23, 2020 07:47 AM PST
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As the Church hears its call to be holy, we rise to the occasion to evangelize. A holy community is not insular but seeks to bring others closer to Christ - it seeks to draw others to the source of all that is Holy: God Himself.

HOMILY: Autonomy and Pride
Clean
February 16, 2020 09:02 AM PST
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Autonomy in its etymology means "self-law" or a type of self-regulation. In our culture it carries with it the connotation of defining for ourselves right from wrong through our own personal freedom. Yet this is not real freedom as a Christian understands it. Rather its pride, and its rooted in an enslavement to fear.

Deadly Sins Series: Part II - Envy and Wrath
Clean
February 10, 2020 04:10 AM PST
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As a logical consequence to the sin of pride Envy enters because of our self-centred centrality. Envy is frustrated when others take the centre stage, because then we are displaced from our own centrality. Wrath then follows envy so that we can eliminate the competition.

Deadly Sins Series: Part I - Introduction and Pride
Clean
February 10, 2020 04:07 AM PST
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Sometimes our reflections on the Seven Deadly Sins are somewhat superficial and only understood from an external show. In reality, the sins try to pass themselves off as something good. So here I try to briefly examine them according St. Thomas Aquinas and Dante.

HOMILY: Words, Deeds, and the Phoney Christian
Clean
February 10, 2020 03:59 AM PST
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Often there has been a debate between words and deeds, and which is the most important. Some argue that deeds prove one to be authentic. Others argue that words make the faith explicit. In reality, both fall short if a person isn't a witness, and doing and saying Catholic things doesn't ensure that one is a witness.

HOMILY: Evangelical Counsels
Clean
February 02, 2020 10:02 AM PST
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In all our discussion on evangelization, it seems odd that a stress on the Evangelical Counsels is seemingly omitted from our preaching. And while it is omitted, we also note that in some places, such living witnesses are absent too. Let's revitalize this vocation, as it is pivotal in Evangelization.

HOMILY: Unity & Mission
Clean
January 26, 2020 09:07 AM PST
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The Church is called to Go UP to God, IN to ourselves for reform, and OUT into the world to express the Gospel. But division gets in the way of this mission. Thus today, as we "check in with ourselves" we might ask ourselves what a Church in Crisis can Change.

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