Monday, April 25, 2011

Jesus Christ is Risen, Alleluia!!!

I hope that you are all having a great Easter. That's right, Easter is still upon us until June 12 when we celebrate Pentecost. However, the octave of Easter only goes until this Sunday, and so you better make sure you celebrate. As a matter of fact, at Mass this morning I preached how I was somewhat disappointed because it didn’t look like anyone was rejoicing, and this is the time when we should be rejoicing the most. So, make sure to put on a smile and rejoice that the Lord has risen from the tomb. Also, don’t forget that every day during the octave of Easter is a Solemnity, so make sure to celebrate in some special way (I think I’m going to celebrate by going golfing).
Go in the peace of Christ, alleluia, alleluia.  
Thanks be to God, alleluia, alleluia.

Boy or Girl?

My Easter homily is below, I hope you enjoy.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Hosanna in the Highest

After reading the passion narrative, I decided to keep the homily shorter than usual. However, I think that it is still a good one to listen too. Talking about homilies I will be posting my Holy Thursday homily on here as well, so make sure to check back Thursday night around 9:00 if you have a chance.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Do you Believe This?

The picture to the right is the burial place of Lazarus. I was able to visit the Holy Land a couple of years ago, and one of the places that we visited was Bethany. The interesting thing about Bethany is that although it is only two miles away from Jerusalem, it took us around an hour to get there because of all of the security check points that they have. Needless to say, the area around Jerusalem has changed quite a bit since Jesus' time. However, it is still worth going to visit if you can, because you will have a much greater appreciation of Scripture.
Below is my homily from Sunday.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Take Time for a Quick Retreat

First off, I’m sorry that it has been so long since I have actually posted anything other than my homilies. You could say that we are in the midst of our “busy season” right now. With that in mind, it got me thinking about things that I will do when I am not so busy, or what I have done in the past. Of course the golf season is right around the corner, so that will replace my hobby of ice fishing for a while. But another thing that I enjoy doing is going to watch baseball games. Not only Twins games, but amateur games as well. 

 Watching a baseball game on a beautiful night is one of the great pastimes in America, and rightly so. You can just sit there and watch, and see the teams battle it out. As a matter of fact, when I was a seminarian I once went to a Twins game all by myself, because I needed some alone time. When I got back to the seminary some of my friends asked me where I was and I told them that I went on a quick retreat. Of course, other games can do this as well (notice the Timberwolves picture and the Wild picture), although these two teams are sometimes not worth watching.

It is good to get away sometimes and refresh your batteries, even if it is just going outside for a quick walk. I hope that everyone is enjoying the spring weather!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Do you Believe in the Son of Man?

       A theme that could have been developed more in the homily is the question of which sin is blinding you the most from experiencing God's love? So, take a couple minutes this week and try to figure out what sin is really effecting your relationship with God.
      Then when you figure out what the sin is, make the necessary changes so that it no longer blinds you from experiencing God's love. Then you can be like the blind man and be able to grow in your faith and love of God.