Coming into the Light

“Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her.” These are the words of the traditional entrance antiphon for today’s Mass, which gives it the name, “Laetare Sunday.” On this Sunday, the Church allows a respite from the sobriety that […]

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Perfection in Suffering

“When [Christ] was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” When we look at Christ crucified, my brothers and sisters, perfection is not usually what comes to mind. Tragedy, sorrow, suffering, guilt – these are the thoughts and emotions that normally occur to believers when we see Christ […]

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To Reign Victorious

“Eli, eli, lema sabachthani.” These are, perhaps, the most haunting words in the entire Sacred Scriptures. Jesus Christ, God made man, hangs upon the Cross and cries out from amidst His torture, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” These words have vexed theologians and believers for centuries. Why does the Son of […]

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Taking Mary into Our Homes

Over the past few weeks we have been focusing intently on the figure of St. John the Baptist, the precursor to the Lord who prepared the way for Him. St. John has challenged us with harsh words and a dramatic call to conversion, a call that hopefully we have answered by becoming reconciled to God […]

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Suffering Persecution with Love: A response to the Supreme Court decision on “same-sex marriage”

Homily for the XIV Sunday Through the YEar 5 July 2015 Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, New Haven “I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” Thus St. Paul speaks to us in today’s epistle. Persecutions. (PAUSE) […]

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