Monthly Archives: November 2015

Christ Renews our Lives. Catholic Inspiration

Three Great Things

Fr. Andrew’s Presentation (31 minutes)

This talk was given to Confirmation students from the Cathedral and St. Francis Xavier parishes on November 11, 2015.

Note these four points:

  • God made us to be united with Him
  • Sin destroys our relationships with God and one another
  • Christ restores the relationship through his life, death, and resurrection
  • Each of us can choose to accept the gift of Christ and live as his disciple

This message is not just for kids preparing to be confirmed!  May all of us see the beauty of life, confront our struggles, and embrace the gift of Christ’s saving grace.


Daily Mass: God’s Wisdom in our Lives. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily (Thursday of the 32nd Week of the Year)

God’s Wisdom brings light to our lives, helping us see clearly and inspiring us to shine with the grace and love of Christ.

 


Daily Mass: The Example of St. Leo the Great. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Podcast Homily (Feast of St. Leo the Great)

St. Leo’s life offers us three points to consider for our own faith:

  • We are committed to a long journey
  • There are challenges without
  • There are challenges within

St. Leo, PRAY FOR US!  Help us to turn to Jesus Christ as we face the blessings and burdens of life.


33rd Sunday of the Year – No One Knows the Hour

No one knows the hour

Study:  Recall a couple of times in your life – when you were prepared and when you were caught off guard.  How did if feel?  What was the outcome?

Pray:  Do you have unfinished business in your life?  Take your challenges to prayer and ask the Lord for wisdom and courage.

Serve:  Is there a broken or wounded relationship in your life?  Perhaps you might make the first move to bring healing and reconciliation to the situation.

33rd Sunday of the Year Readings

Fr. Andrew’ s Homily Podcast

The first reading and the Gospel today are direct and to the point: there will be hardship and distress.  Tribulation is part of the journey.  Get ready!

And yet we can sometimes get caught in the (mistaken) sentiment that because we follow Jesus Christ everything is suppose to be sunshine and daisies.  On the contrary – our faith puts struggle front and center, reminding us that we are called to be ready and prepared for the unexpected.  Because just in case you were hoping for some secret sign from the Bible when the world will end, Jesus offers one of my all-time favorite lines of Sacred Scripture:

“But of that day or hour, no one knows,
neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”  (Mark 13:32)

No one knows the hour….this is a very big deal.  Remember these points:

  • Difficulty, hardship, tribulation, and suffering are part of life.
  • The unexpected happens!  Deal with it.
  • And we do not know the hour when our lives will be over…

So how do we live?  The answer is simple – TODAY we speak and act so that if the Lord called us right now we would be ready.  TODAY we say:

  • “I’m sorry.”
  • “I forgive you.”
  • “I love you.”
  • “Can I help you?”
  • “Can you help me?”

We live our lives one day at a time – we can’t go back and we can’t go forward – it is only in the present moment that we can do and say.  Thus, if we stay shackled to the past we can’t live today, and if we keep putting off what is needed we are wasting the moment we have.  TODAY is our opportunity to address any unfinished business, to right wrongs and tell the people in our lives how we feel about them.  In other words, today we squeeze out every opportunity we have  to love the Lord and one another…

…for of that day or hour, no one knows.

 


32nd Sunday of the Year – Giving Generously, as God Gives to Us – Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s 32nd Sunday of the Year Homily Podcast

It’s all about blessings.  God lavishes graces and blessings upon us…let’s take time to acknowledge them!  And then out of gratitude…let’s consider how we might be a blessing to others!  Consider today how we might share our time, talent, and treasure to bless the life of another…drawing us closer to the Lord and one another.


Daily Mass: The God Who Welcomes Sinners. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast (Thursday of the 31st Week of the Year)

Sometimes we need to be reminded that the Lord welcomes us every time we turn from our sins and seek God’s grace.  If there is anything holding us back (you know…fear, doubt, worry, shame, sin, or some other spiritual junk) then perhaps today is our chance to return to the one who loves us completely.


Daily Mass: a Life Infused with Love. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast (Tuesday of the 31st Week of the Year)

Chapter 12 in Paul’s Letter to the Romans offers a beautiful exhortation to live our lives infused with the love of Christ.  Below you will find the link to this daily Mass reading – make a copy and post it on your bathroom mirror as a powerful reminder!

Tuesday of the 31st Week of the Year Daily Mass Reading


32nd Sunday of the Year – Giving Generously, as God Gives to Us

Two Coins

Study:  Reflect on a moment when you gave generously of your time, resources, or money.  What was the cost, and what did you discover?

Pray: Take time to thank the Lord for the blessings lavished upon you.  Cultivate gratitude in your heart and express it in your life.

Serve:  Who has the Lord placed in your life to serve?  How can your life be a blessing of generous giving to another?

32nd Sunday of the Year Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

The theme of generous giving runs through these four readings this week:

  • Old Testament – the widow who gives to Elijah some bread from her scant resources
  • Psalm – the Lord who gives sight, hearing, freedom, justice, food and hope
  • New Testament – Christ who gives his life, once for all, that we might have salvation
  • Gospel – the poor widow who gives two small coins…all that she has

Let’s look at how this theme surfaces throughout these readings.

Earthly blessings.  The psalm reminds us that God is the source of all that we have, and it begs a simple point:  Are we grateful?  I know firsthand how easy it is to take even the simplest blessings for granted.  All it takes is to lose something that is part of our routine (health, work, friendship) to rediscover the gift that was right in front of our eyes.

Spiritual Salvation.  Jesus Christ offers his life once-for-all that through his death and resurrection we might have eternal life.  The Father gave his only Son that we might be saved.  This profound act of divine generosity speaks of a love that is vast and all encompassing.  God does this for us!

Profound human generosity.  These two women gave from their need, not their want.  It was not surplus food or money…it was their livelihood.  It is crucial to note that no gift is too big or small in God’s eyes; what’s crucial is the relationship between the offering and the person – is it given as a token or as something of value?

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Do we take time to acknowledge the blessings we have?  No really…do we pause in the course of our day – in a moment of prayer – and thank the Lord for the gifts we have been given?  Let me be clear: without gratitude generosity means nothing, for without thankfulness we have no appreciation and respect for the gift that is given.

And equally crucial point follows: Do we give generously?  Do we share what we have in a manner that shows our prayer and reflection?  All gifts, great or small, are precious in the Lord’s eyes when they are offered in a spirit of love; all gifts, great or small, lose their significance when they are given without respect for the sacrifices  and blessings they represent.

Simply put: we give generously out of gratitude for God’s generous gifts to us!  Take a moment this week to pause and reflect on your blessings.  Then consider the ways that you can offer your life.  Whether it is with time, talent, or treasure – God will take our gifts, generously given, and make them a blessing in the world.

 


Solemnity of All Saints – Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Solemnity of All Saints Homily Podcast

“Do you want to be a saint?”  When we look at the lives of the saints we see people just like us – young/old, rich/poor, possessing a wide variety of skills, experiences, and abilities.  May their example inspire us to live our faith in Christ…so we can one day rejoice with them in heaven.


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