Roc Homily – Christmas Midnight Mass 2015

Attention: Irish-Existentialist Christmas ahead. And though I presided & preached at the (10 pm) Midnight Mass at the Church of the Gesu, I share with you this photo of St. John’s Church at Creighton University, Omaha where I served for 13 years. My Gesu photos didn’t work out too well. Merry Christmas all! –roc,sj

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmastide to you from Roc O’Connor, SJ

Mercy… anyone? [2]

Mercy… anyone?  What the heck is this Year of Mercy about? What is Mercy? Welcome to Cathy, Gesu parishioner to share what she understands to be mercy.   Should you wish to add your answer, please send a comment, an audio file, or a video (less than 2 minutes, please) and I will post. May God direct […]

The Year of Mercy – A One Hundred Word Retreat 6

Mary Rose plopped into the driver’s seat exhausted. “How long have I been shopping today? Egad!” She closed her eyes; put her head back. “It’s a hamster wheel, that’s what Christmas is. Yeah, I want my family to feel wanted and loved, but this year… What is it all about? I run from this to […]

Mercy… Anyone?

Mercy… anyone?  What the heck is this Year of Mercy about? What is Mercy? Here is the first in a series of interviews of… well, just people who are willing to give his or her answer to the question. Should you wish to add your answer, please send a comment, an audio file, or a video (less […]

The Year of Mercy – A One Hundred Word Retreat 5

Driving home from Mass last Sunday, Howard stewed. “Geez, what’s all this about mercy? My wife, my kids don’t show me mercy. Not even the dog! Sounds like some church guy came up with a marketing plan. I thought we were just getting ready for the Baby Jesus… What’s mercy done for me lately? Confession? […]

Roc Homily – Fourth Sunday Advent (Cycle C) 2015

Fourth Sunday Advent 2015 +December 20, 2015 Homily by Roc O’Connor, SJ, associate pastor at the Church of the Gesu The gospel of Luke highlights the path of folly (pretense) and the path of wisdom for us. As with last week’s readings and homily, folly has to do with our charade or imaginings about being bigger than we […]

Roc Homily – Third Sunday Advent (Cycle C) 2015

Third Sunday Advent 2015 +December 13, 2015 Homily by Roc O’Connor, SJ, associate pastor at the Church of the Gesu Luke 3:16 (NRSV) — 16 John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong […]

The Year of Mercy – A One Hundred Word Retreat 4

Mary Rose’s parish book club decided to read the pope’s bull about mercy. (Bull???). “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy… Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions, and his entire person reveals the mercy of God.” (Misericordiae Vultus, no.1) Everyone thought that was a nice thought, that Jesus is the face […]

The Year of Mercy – A One Hundred Word Retreat 3

Here is the story of two intrepid spelunkers of the spiritual life who set off to discover what this whole “Mercy” deal is about. Actually, Life itself put them on the journey to God knows where. Meet Howard & Mary Rose. Howard slew his dragons, built his kingdom, his castle, and began to rest secure […]

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