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Always Say What Needs to Be Said, and Always With Love (Sunday Homily) BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES - February 2, 2016 ... because I love you? Awkward? Probably. But if we can't manage to communicate God's love to people, then don't even claim you're speaking God's message. And if you're not sure just how to explain some of the things we believe, in terms of God's love, then we have more work to do ourselves to understand what God teaches and asks of us. For example, perhaps we're not sure how to explain why marriage is a man and a woman, not two men or two women. And the answer is, because God ...http://frmartinfox.blogspot.com/2016/02/always-say-what-needs-to-be-said-and.html

Still Somewhere in Between THE WILD REED - January 17, 2016 Ten years ago on this 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, I gave the homily at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Minneapolis. (Of course, they couldn't, and still can't call homilies by non-members of the church's clerical caste "homilies," but that's essentially want they are.) My homily on January 15, 2006 was entitled "Somewhere in Between," and drew from both my experience as a gay man in the Catholic Church and the beautiful imagery of ...http://thewildreed.blogspot.com/2016/01/still-somewhere-in-between.html

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time: There Was a Wedding in Cana VOX NOVA - January 17, 2016 A homily for the second Sunday. A beautiful triplet of readings. I really like the reading from Paul, but I could not really see how to work it in with the other two. Writing this was partly influenced by a private detail: last week was the 30th anniversary of the day I proposed. What a long strange trip it has been. As always, thoughts and comments are welcome: help me learn the art of the homily! On this Sunday the gospel reading is ...http://vox-nova.com/2016/01/17/second-sunday-of-ordinary-time-there-was-a-wedding-in-cana/

Our First Permanent Deacons HOMILIES AND OCCASIONAL THOUGHTS - December 9, 2015 ... long last! – in the life of the Archdiocese of Vancouver: the Ordination of these sixteen men now elected to the Sacred Order of Deacons. Not only is this the first group of men who will serve our local Church as permanent deacons, it is the largest Ordination ever held in our beautiful Cathedral. Truly it is a moment of special grace and joy for each one of you, brothers, and for your families, but for all of us as well. We cannot but repeat the words which marked the ...http://gregorynsmith.blogspot.com/2015/12/our-first-permanent-deacons.html

Retreat Notes VIDEO MELIORA, PROBOQUE; DETERIORA SEQUOR - November 10, 2015 ... as illustrative of the difficulty around spiritual prudence. Little things matter hugely in the Kingdom of God: Imagine a child being cuffed by police at the Louvre. "Oh, what could he have possbily done so bad?" you ask. "He drew a mustache on the Mona Lisa!." "Oh yes, now I understand!" Little things matter a lot in the case of a masterpiece. If the child had drawn a mustache on wallpaper of your house, you might smile or not much care. So, are we old wallpaper or God's masterpieces? We see ...http://poncer.blogspot.com/2015/11/retreat-notes.html

Crisis of Vocations LIVING SACRIFICE - October 25, 2015 The Healing of Bartimaeus (30th Sunday in Ordinary Time-Year B; This homily was given on October 24, 2015 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Providence, R.I. and on October 25 at St. Magaret's Catholic Church in Rumford, R.I. ; See Hebrews 5:1-6 and Mark 10 :46-52 ) Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. . . . No one takes this honor upon himself but only when called by God, just as Aaron ...http://fathermahars.blogspot.com/2015/10/crisis-of-vocations.html

Derek and Michelle: Something Beautiful for God HOMILIES AND OCCASIONAL THOUGHTS - October 11, 2015 A wedding homily is very different from marriage itself. A marriage should be long and lovely, but a homily should be short and sweet. I'm afraid there's not much chance of a short homily at this wedding. Michelle and Derek, you have chosen texts from Scripture that have spoken deeply to your hearts, and I know you want them to do the same in our hearts today. But before I say a few words about ...http://gregorynsmith.blogspot.com/2015/10/derek-and-michelle-something-beautiful.html