Homilies

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily for 10/13/19


27th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily for 10/06/19

I reference the court case where Brandt Jean forgives Amber Guyger about the death of his brother.

Go to this link for the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE1VGPKnOu0


26th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily for 9/22/19

 

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily for 9/15/19

Seven Deadly Wounds –  prayer exercise to help us to receive freedom and live into the fullness of life the Christ intends for each and every one of us.


22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily for 9/1/19


21st Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily for 8/25/19


20th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily for 8/18/19


Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Homily for 8/15/19


19th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily for 8/11/19


18th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily for 8/4/19


17th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily for 7/28/19


15th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily for 7/14/19

I quoted Thomas Merton in my homily.  He is talking about saying/celebrating Mass as a priest, but I think it is applicable to ALL who participate in mass.  Here is the quote, though edited slightly:
“If you are afraid to love….never celebrate Mass.  The Mass will draw down upon your soul a torrent of interior suffering which has only one function:  to break you wide open and let everybody in the world into your heart.
If you are afraid of people: never [go to] mass
If you want to guard your heart against invasion: never [go to] mass
For when you begin to say mass, the Spirit of God awakes like a giant inside of you and bursts the the locks of your private sanctuary and calls all the people of the world to come into your heart!
If you [go to] Mass you condemn your soul to the torment of love that is so vast and so insatiable, that you will never be able to bear it alone.  That love is the love of the Heart of Jesus burning within your own miserable heart and bringing down upon you the huge weight of His pity for all the sins of the world!  Do you know what that love will do to you if you let it work on your soul, if you do not resist it?  It will devour you.  It will kill you.  It will break your heart.”
-Thomas Merton, from the article: The White Pebble
And then you will be able to love with a love beyond all imagining.

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily for 7/7/19

In this homily, the book Fr. Kevin refers to is The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis.


13th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily for 6/30/19


Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ: Homily 6/23/19


Most Holy Trinity: Homily 6/16/19

Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water… If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or to be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that country and to help others to do the same.”

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (Book III “Christian Behavior”, Ch. 10 “Hope”)


Sixth Sunday of Easter: Homily 5/26/19

Some themes from this homily were drawn from Fr. Jacque Phillipe’s book, Searching for and Maintaining Peace, which I would HIGHLY recommend for a read!  Click here for the link to the book. 


Fifth Sunday of Easter: Homily 5/19/19


Fourth Sunday of Easter: Homily 5/12/19


Third Sunday of Easter: Homily 5/5/19


Divine Mercy Sunday: Homily 4/28/19


Easter Sunday: Homily 4/21/19

No, you move!

Palm Sunday: Homily 4/14/19

“The Harrowing of Hell” by Fra Angelico

Fourth Sunday of Lent: Homily 3/31/19


Third Sunday of Lent: Homily 3/24/19


First Sunday of Lent: Homily for 3/10/19


Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily for 2/24/10

While it is not included in this homily, Fr. Kevin offers this quote by the Christian writer C.S. Lewis, as it very much connects with the theme of this homily:

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

-C.S. Lewis


Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily for 2/17/19

In this homily, Fr. Kevin shared the prayer the Litany of Trust.  To view this prayer, please go to the following link: Litany of Trust

 


Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily for 2/10/19

The end of life as we know it.


Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: Homily for 1/27/19

Fr. Kevin apologizes that he did not get his homily recorded this past weekend.  However, if you would like to refer back to it, here is a written text of Fr. Kevin’s homily!  Enjoy!

Homily – Jan. 27, 2019 – 2nd Sun. Ord Time – C


The Baptism of the Lord: Homily for 1/13/19

The meditation I used in this homily:
Who do I still need to forgive?  What resentment/bitterness/grudge to I still carry?
  • Pray: In the name of Jesus I forgive…. for….  (name specifically the person and the thing you are forgiving as you pray)
Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is myself.
  • Pray: In the name of Jesus I forgive myself for…. (name the things you need to forgive yourself for)
Also, our bad experiences can leave us wounded; and with those wounds come fears and lies that I tend to believe.  So we renounce fears and lies and other negative things, invoking Jesus’ name:
  • Pray In the name of Jesus I renounce the lie that I am unlovable
  • In the name of Jesus, I renounce the lie that I am not worth loving
  • In the name of Jesus, I renounce the lie that I have to do anything to earn God’s love
  • In the name of Jesus, I renounce the lie that my sins/faults/vices/addictions/darkness are in any way greater than God’s love and grace and mercy. (And you can renounce any other lies or fears you believe about yourself or God)
  • Pray: In the name of Jesus I renounce: hatred, bitterness, resentment, depression, anxiety, darkness… (Whatever other things that seem to have power over your life)
  • Finally, we pray in the name of Jesus that he break the power of all these negative things that have power over my life.
And we close with a prayer, just of how much God the Father loves you, wants to bless you, draw you close to his heart, and remove anything that hinders the words he speaks to you: “You are my beloved….”
(This meditation is based upon Neil Lozano’s method of prayer known as Unbound.  If you would like to learn more you can visit the following link: https://www.heartofthefather.com/about/the-five-keys/ )

Epiphany: Homily for 1/6/19


Holy Family: Homily for 12/30/18


Christmas: Homily for 12/25/18


Fourth Sunday of Advent: Homily for 12/23/18


Third Sunday of Advent: Homily for 12/16/18

In my homily,  I mentioned Bl. Chiara Luce Bodano.  You can read more about her here:https://reallifecatholic.com/portfolio-item/blessed-chiara-luca-badano-pray-for-us/  I also shared a quote from her.  Her is the quote:

“Here everybody is asking for a miracle but I cannot bring myself to ask for it. Maybe this difficulty that I have in asking for it is because I feel that it is not His will. I offer everything, my failures, my pains and joys to Him, starting again every time the Cross makes me feel all its weight. The important thing is to do God’s will. I might have had plans about myself but God came up with this. The sickness came to me at the right time…. However you can’t even imagine what my relationship with Jesus is like now… I feel Jesus is asking me for something more, something bigger. I might be on this bed for years…, I don’t know. I’m only interested in doing God’s will, doing that well, in the present moment… [before this sickness] I still didn’t understand. I was too much absorbed in insignificant things, frivolous and transient things. Another world was waiting for me and all I had to do was to surrender myself to it. But now I feel like I am wrapped into a wonderful design that it’s slowly unfolding itself to me.”    – Chiara Luce Badano

“I suffered a lot but my soul was singing!  I have nothing left, but I still have my heart, and with that I can always LOVE!” – Chiara Luce Badano

These quotes were taken from:  https://piercedhearts.org/theology_heart/life_saints/bl_chiara_luce.html
I also shared a story of St. Francis of Assisi discussing perfect joy:  https://www.soulshepherding.org/true-perfect-joy-st-francis/


First Sunday of Advent: Homily for 12/2/18


Christ the King: Homily for 11/25/18