“Remember, you are dust…” [10]

Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Lent (and First Scrutiny) Once again, here’s what the Scrutinies attempt to do… The Scrutinies… are rites for self-searching & repentance and have above all a spiritual purpose: The scrutinies are meant to uncover, then heal all that is weak, defective, or sinful in the hearts of the elect; To […]

“Remember, you are dust…” [9]

To Prepare for 3rd Sunday of Lent… First Scrutiny A number of parishes will celebrate the First Scrutiny Sunday.  Here you will find the Scrutiny defined: The Scrutinies… are rites for self-searching & repentance and have above all a spiritual purpose: The scrutinies are meant to uncover, then heal all that is weak, defective, or […]

Roc Homily – 2nd Sunday Lent 2016 (Cycle C)

Roc Homily – 2nd Sunday Lent 2016 (Cycle C) You’ll need to know that I engaged in a kind of running ‘dialogue’ with a gentleman with Tourette Syndrome (shouting out somewhat uncontrollably to deal with anxiety).  His name is Mike.  He inserted himself into the homily and into the life of the community throughout Mass.  I […]

“Remember, you are dust…” [8]

My life as the Black Knight… I have crashed into the unyielding rocks of mortality repeatedly since my friend, Gerry Stockhausen, SJ died about 6 weeks ago.  I’m not going to go into it all, but here was the latest:  My hard drive failed last Wednesday… No back-up… A local data recovery business is looking […]

Roc Homily – 1st Sunday Lent 2016 (Cycle C)

Roc Homily – 2nd Sunday Lent 2016 (Cycle C) This first temptation is lodged against Jesus’ humanity, actually. The tempter says, “Make this stone be bread.”  This is the most basic human temptation – make X be Y. Or, treat a stone as if it were bread. Pretend this one thing, good in itself, can actually […]

“Remember, you are dust…” [7]

On Temptation as an Armadillo Yep, you got it right. Armadillos are ugly, smelly, disgustingly hard-shelled road kill that can be destructive. Once they move in, they’re really hard to get rid of. And, from what I hear from friends in St. Louis, they are moving north out of Texas!!! Ahhhhh!  Pretty dramatic, eh? Habitual temptations are like […]

“Remember, you are dust…” [6]

“… and unto dust you shall return.” Where do I look? What do I see? Whom do I not look at? I recall taking an extra few block walk down Connecticut Ave. in Washington, DC to catch the Metro on my way to class (liturgical studies) at The Catholic University of America some years back. […]

“Remember, you are dust…” [5]

Being situated within the Lenten dynamic… Luke 5:1ff tells how Jesus sent Simon (Peter) into the Deep to discover Jesus & the mission Jesus gave to him all stemming from his encounter with himself there. [I present a more in-depth study of this passage in my book chapter eight, “In the Midst of Our Storms.”] […]

“Remember, you are dust…” [4]

I fasted on Ash Wednesday… I WIN!!! [The Pelagian Side of Lent] I dislike fasting SOOOO much. ACK!!!  I just don’t like feeling hungry or being consumed with thoughts about when I can eat next.  But I DID IT!  I WIN!!! So, what did I learn about my one day approach to Lent?   It […]

“Remember, you are dust…” [3]

Three Scrutinies are celebrated on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent for the Elect (those formerly known as catechumens) the purpose of which is to uncover and heal all that is sinful in the life of the elect, as well as to raise up and strengthen what is good in the life of […]

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