Roc Homily – Feast of the Baptism of the Lord 2016

“Does God have a plan for your life / my life?” YES – NO – YES is my answer… Most of my “God’s plan for my life” thoughts circulate around my need to be famous and successful.  Most of my learnings have been about those thoughts being stepped on by Life then given life by […]

Mercy… anyone? [3]

Mercy… anyone?  What the heck is this Year of Mercy about? What is Mercy? Here’s my musical take on Mercy from my Irish-Existentialist viewpoint. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee commissioned this piece. We recommend it for Lent and beyond. Blessings! –roc,sj  

The Year of Mercy – A One Hundred Word Retreat 8

Howard saw the piece by Pope Francis that Jen posted on the fridge: “The Father, ‘rich in mercy’, after having revealed his name to Moses as ‘God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness’, has never ceased to show, in various ways throughout history, his divine nature. In the […]

The Year of Mercy – A One Hundred Word Retreat 7

Here’s a thought: God is mercy. Jesus Christ is the face of Mercy for all. Through the Holy Spirit and baptism, we enter into relationship with God through Christ’s dying and rising. That’s theology. What does it have to do with anything? Why should I have to seek Mercy in Bethlehem in some barn? Problem is, […]

Roc Homily – Feast of the Epiphany 2016

Feast of the Epiphany – January 3, 2016 Matthew 2:1-12          The Light shines upon our lives revealing two possible journeys. 1) The path to deeper intimacy between Lover and Beloved (listen for section on myrrh) and 2) the path of Herod – do do away with any and all pretenders to my throne, including the Incarnate […]

Roc Homily – New Year’s Day 2016

Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – January 1, 2016 Happy New Year to you! Luke 2:16-21          Mary held all these events in her heart and meditate upon them… What might an Irish-Existentialist Mary reflect on? Here’s a thought…

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