Homily stories

29 Aug 2021

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Seeing through the cracks

The Baptism ended and George, the child’s uncle, approached the deacon. “That was really good. Thank you for explaining all that and for being so real and authentic. I’m tired of priests that just go through the motions.”

29 Aug 2021

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Times does tell

Traditions come and go. The very thing built to withstand the test of time succumbs to time. Leanne, newly married, is preparing Sunday supper when she insists on slicing off each end of the roast before placing it in the pan. When her husband asks why, she admits she’s not sure but it’s what her mom always did.

29 Aug 2021

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

No kids to blame

What a big difference it made to Tina and Rick when the last of their kids went off to school and just the two of them were in the house. They discovered that they had no one to blame things on!

22 Aug 2021

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Night of the living God

In my memory, it is the most miserable night of my life. My job that summer was at a canoe trip camp. I was a lifeguard and water safety instructor, but I had never paddled a canoe in my life.

22 Aug 2021

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Do you accept these terms?

Contemplative Monk Father Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O. tells the story in a long-ago interview in U.S. Catholic of a fellow monk who receives word that his sister has been murdered. The monk goes to his sister’s apartment and sits in silence as he examines the scene of the crime.

22 Aug 2021

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Promises to keep

The assembled tribes of Israel reaffirmed their faith in God when they remembered what God had done for them in bringing them out of slavery. They remembered God’s promises.

15 Aug 2021

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Cycle B

Awakened blessings

Nowadays, she would have taken out her cell phone and called her cousin. "Guess what?" she'd have exclaimed. But as soon as she found out she was expecting, Mary set out and traveled to see her cousin Elizabeth, who was also expecting.

15 Aug 2021

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Cycle B

Stand for greatness

One of the most moving images in literature and film is at the end of the courtroom scene in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.

8 Aug 2021

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Thanks for the bread, God

Judith, a recent immigrant to the United States, was desperate. She had a young daughter to care for, a job that barely covered the bills, and nowhere to turn for help.

8 Aug 2021

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Comfort food

So, food-wise, what is your guilty pleasure? What do you find yourself craving after a day when everything has gone wrong or after a blow up with a loved one, or upon hearing bad news that you can’t make better?