Roc Homily for Easter Sunday 2016

Easter Sunday (March 27, 2016 – 11:30 am Mass) The author of the Gospel of John used 4 different verbs in Greek to demonstrate some fine distinctions between the Magdalene, Simon Peter, and the disciple whom Jesus loved… as well as possible differences each of us can experience in our walk with and encounter with […]

“Remember, you are dust…” [12]

Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Lent The scribes & Pharisees avoided being seen by putting this woman in between them and Jesus.  Isn’t it so much more delicious to push someone out in front of us, especially one on whom we vent our anger… It’s so much more wonderful than looking at ourselves.  Yet […]

“The Mental Landscape of Liturgical Prayer”

You’re invited! Saturday morning, April 2nd, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 pm at the Church of the Gesu (Milwaukee, WI), I will present for only the second time a new workshop on liturgy. It is necessary to learn about the theology of liturgical prayer. But it is not sufficient. It has seemed to me that […]

“Remember, you are dust…” [11]

Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent  Questions: What did the younger son seek? What did he find? Did he receive mercy really? Same questions about the older son… In either case, what do you and I seek? What do we find? When we return, do we receive mercy or experience relief? What are our conditions […]

“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 […]

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