Unted States of America

I gave a homily this past Sunday that sparked a lot of comments and feedback. Many appreciated my willingness to talk about current political and moral issues from the pulpit. Some disagreed with some of my statements. Some remained silent. Some asked me to post my homily on our website, I did. My plea was[…]

Merry Christmas………..

During this Christmas season, which lasts until January 9, these are exciting times, time to celebrate, and also time step back, reflect on the past year, give thanks, look ahead, etc. We have just experienced the Nativity of the Lord, feast of St. Stephen, Deacon and first martyr; feast of St. John, apostle and evangelist;[…]

We’re about halfway through Advent…………

Sunday is Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday, one of two times in the liturgical year that we wear rose-colored vestments. Do you know when the other time is? We will light the third (rose-colored) candle on our Advent wreath. On Gaudete Sunday, the season of Advent shifts its focus. For the first two weeks of Advent, the[…]

Deacon Tom’s Homily – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

After praying, reflecting, and reading the Bible commentaries, the message of today’s readings became quite clear to me: they are about persistence, perseverance, and remaining faithful. Perseverance of the Israelites in battle against the Amalekites, St. Paul telling Timothy to be persistent, and Jesus teaching his disciples with that parable to be persistent and persevere[…]

Innocence, Division and Prayer

A few weeks ago our Sunday Gospel was about that reading today from Genesis, where Abraham is questioning the Lord, read it here http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/072416.cfm . Abraham asks, “Will you sweep away the innocent with the guilty? Suppose there were fifty innocent people in the city; would you wipe out the place, rather than spare it[…]

Where has the time gone & pilgrimages……….

Yes, my blog does still exist, not much of a blog when you do it every 6 months, I need to be more diligent about this, I guess time sort of got away from me since the first of the year. Oh well, better late than never as they say. At least I’m doing better[…]

Christ in Christmas – the reason for the season……

Christ in Christmas – the reason for the season…… I am quickly realizing that the biggest obstacle with having a blog is first trying to figuring out from all the great things to write about which ones make the most sense to write about, and the secondly making the time to do it – a[…]