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Holy Thursday Homily

As we enter the Sacred Triduum, the three holiest days of the Christian year, I begin and end this sermon with two short poems from one of the greatest saints who ever lived, my holy father – St. Francis of Assisi.  These two short poems capture the essence of these three holy days and the essence of the entire Christian life in general.

Palm Sunday Meditation

Let us run to accompany him as he hastens toward his passion, and imitate those who met him then, not by covering his path with garments, olive branches or palms, but by doing all we can to prostrate ourselves before him by being humble and by trying to live as he would wish. Then we shall be able to receive the Word at his coming, and God, whom no limits can contain, will be within us.

Unconditional Love

What is the greatest truth pervading all of the universe? You are the unconditionally loved, child of God, a child of the One who is being, love, and goodness itself. You were loved for millions of years before you were created and will be loved for millions of years after you leave this earth, our island home. This short period of time in between, whether it be 70, 80, or 90 years, is your chance to say with your life, "I love you too."


This Lent may we learn to....
Fast from fear; Feast on Faith
Fast from despair; Feed on hope.
Fast from depressing news; Feed on prayer.
Fast from discontent; Feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger and worry; Feed on patience.
Fast from negative thinking; Feast on positive thinking.
Fast from bitterness; Feed on love and forgiveness.
Fast from words that wound; Feast on words that heal.
Fast from gravity; Feast on joy and humor.

Meditation on the Feast of the Baptism of Christ

The holy day of lights, to which we have come and which we are celebrating today, has for its origin the baptism of my Christ, the true Light that lightens everyone coming into the world, and effects my purification…. It is a season of new birth: let us be born again! We duly celebrated at his birth – I, the one who presided at the feast, and you, and all that is in the world and above the world.

Epiphany Prayer

A prayer to be used all year long, reminding us of the ultimate meaning of our lives.Jesus, as the Magi offered you their finest gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh,may I offer you every day of my lifethe GOLD of loving words and deeds,the INCENSE of continual prayer,and the MYRRH of my sufferings and self denial. Amen.

Meditation on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

Jesus surrendered himself in his death unconditionally to the absolute mystery that he called his Father, into whose hands he committed his existence, when in the night of his death and God-forsakenness he was deprived of everything that is otherwise regarded the content of a human existence: life, honor, acceptance in earthly and religious fellowship, and so on.

Dream for the Church

Let us dream of a church...
in which all members know surely and simply God’s great love, and each is certain that in the divine heart we are all known by name.
In which Jesus is very Word, our window into the Father’s heart; the sign of God’s hope and his design for all humankind.
In which the Spirit is not a party symbol, but wind and fire in everyone; gracing the church with a kaleidoscope of gifts and constant renewal for all.

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