Sunday, August 26, 2018
Husbands love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church. Last week I have celebrated 2 weddings at Mt St. Mary College. Both brides were graduates. Holy Rosary Chapel is a lovely spot. In the chapel there is a beautiful mosaic of St. Thomas Aquinas – he defined love as – willing the good of the other. As I spoke to the couples, I reminded them that this was the challenge – to love – in good times and in bad, in sickness and health, to love & honor all the days of life. Marriage can be like a roller coaster – ups & downs – be ready for the downs – and keep loving.
When I was a young priest, I was not ready for the downs. The downs led me to believe – I might have made a mistake being ordained. I remember sitting with my mother over a cup of tea talking about it.
She gave me a look.
First, she said – remember – you took a sacrament – you made a promise to God – God has made a promise to you.
Then – you don’t think your father and I have had difficult times – I had no idea – like a good parent – they had shielded their children from their problems as best they could. But we love each other.
So, love is a decision – to will the good of the other.
Mother Teresa would often have visitors who wanted to get involved in her work with the poor. They had to attend Mass first. After, she would say – did you watch the priest – the reverence he has for the Host – when he touches the body of Christ? Tomorrow you will go to the House for the Dying – and you will touch the same Body of Christ- Have the same reverence the priest has for the Host.
If only every priest understood that, every bishop understood that, if every person understood that – we would not be where we are today. To touch the Body of Christ.
Some would not accept this teaching about the Body of Christ and many left – Jesus said - are you going to leave me too – just as many people might be wondering today – is this a mistake, should I leave? Peter was the one – Lord, to whom shall we go, you have the words of everlasting life. I don’t always like the Church, and parts of her I can’t stand right now. But, I love her, and I made a promise, and God made a promise to me.
In the words of Joshua today – As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!
Monday, August 20, 2018
(This is an outline - for the complete homily, it has been recorded on Sound Cloud & posted. Check our Facebook page)
Said more than one – a difficult week to be a Catholic. I’m almost embarrassed to be walking around wearing black.
Felt many different emotions – disbelief – sadness – anger
How could a priest or bishop hurt a young person? I have nieces and nephews – if anything were to happen top them, I don’t know what I would do.
Lives and been hurt – faith has been damaged
Leaders acting more like CEO’s than pastors – showing a basic lack of care for people.
Granted we have come far from 2002 and the Dallas Charter – but clearly we have further to go. So we must continue to speak against any kind of abuse – pray for victim and the church. Evil has entered in “smoke of Satan.” Good we pray St. Michael . . .
In a few moments – we will pray the Creed - One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic
Apostolic – Greece – Paul – great Saints – into today.
Catholic – Untouchables
Holy? – Everything about the Church is holy – our church, the Bible, the Sacraments – allow this holiness to enter us.
One – we are not one when we break Commandments – to receive Communion is to be in Communion. Take sin seriously – confess and become what we receive.
Thank you for being here, for being faithful, for supporting your parish and your priests – together may we continue to walk in holiness – as we journey to the kingdom.