Merit & Mercy

Merit

Two different homilies came together in my reflections about merit. If you have time, take out your Bible and read these readings to get a better picture of where this is coming from. It began with my thoughts on Ezekiel 18:21-28. This is where God is saying that if a virtuous man commits evil, his virtuous deeds will not be …

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The Way of Life or Death?

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For the people of Israel there are two outcomes presented for the covenant they have entered. On one hand they could have life and prosperity, on the other death and doom. Moses even tells them that he has set before them life and death, the blessing and the curse. The people had entered into a covenant with God. A covenant …

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Your Whole Heart in Lent

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Today begins another season of Lent. In his message for the Lent of 2003, St. John Paul II said, “Lent is a season of intense prayer, fasting and concern for those in need. It offers all Christians an opportunity to prepare for Easter by serious discernment about their lives, with particular attention to the word of God which enlightens the …

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Being Prepared For Communion

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Watching carefully how we live goes hand in hand with what it means to be a child of God. We continue to hear St. Paul give instruction to the Ephesians on the manner in which they are to live. An instruction that we have been hearing given in the last few weeks. In it Paul urges them to live in …

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To What End?

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Ezekiel is sent to the people Israel. God explains to the prophet that these people have rebelled and revolted against Him. This would be something that Ezekiel is aware of seeing that he is in exile with the people Israel.¬†Ezekiel is to go to them and say, “Thus says the Lord GOD!” Ezekiel was in exile with the Southern Kingdom …

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Responding In Love (Audio)

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Responding to the decision our Court made in regards to marriage. This is the audio of the video recorded homily posted previously. Some people were having a difficult time with the sound working so I converted it to audio in hopes that it solves the problem.

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Where To Go With The Supreme Court Decision As Catholics

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Recorded from the Sunday Homily on June 28th of 2015. Some people have told me that they can’t get sound. I am not sure yet why this is happening. I will try and find another way too get this out there.

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A Book For Friends

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All of us have friends (hopefully) and some of those friends have become close companions in our lives. A good friend and I decided to read a book together which explores how our good friends can really become people¬†who walk with us in our spiritual lives. The book “Walking Together” by Mary DeTurris Poust was a wonderful read. She used …

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God And Your Heart

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In Ezekiel we hear of God planting from a graft or branch. From this there will form a tree that will have many branches and bear much fruit. He goes on to say that many winged things will find shade in it. Through the prophet God says that it is he that brings low the high tree and lifts high …

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God Does Have A Heart

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In the first reading for today’s Solemnity we hear of Israel being referred to as God’s child, a son that was called out of Egypt. God speaking through Hosea goes on to say that his heart is moved because Israel had not recognized him as their leader. They did not recognize that they were being fed by their Father. It …

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