Homily stories

23 Feb 2020

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The extra mile

A friend relates that she started graduate school without any idea how she was going to pay for it. There was a little money in savings and she guessed that would get her started.

23 Feb 2020

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The key to peace

A truck driver, in a hurry, pulled into a parking spot without much care, jumped out of his car, and ran into a store. A moment later another driver came out of the store, and when she got to her car, she saw that she couldn't open the driver door because the truck had parked too close to her car

16 Feb 2020

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Take it to heart

Years ago a columnist interviewed former President Jimmy Carter during a book tour. At the time, a political candidate was under fire for her unfortunate comments taken from scripture on sexuality.

9 Feb 2020

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Give freely and openly

When Beth unexpectedly inherited a large amount of money, she was scared. She had never managed such a sum before, and she was intimidated by the prospect of handling this responsibility correctly.

9 Feb 2020

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Spice it up

Bland. Not the most appealing trait. It sounds like a punishment: “Since you’ve worked yourself into an ulcer, you need to eat bland food for three months.”

9 Feb 2020

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

My peaceful sister

My sister is discussing the significance of offering the sign of peace at Mass with the students in her catechism class. “Many times you are extending peace to people you know—friends and family. But often you are offering the gesture to a perfect stranger. That is a very powerful thing to do.”

2 Feb 2020

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Cycle A

A godmother to strangers

After the last Sunday Mass, she would stay in church. She kept herself busy gathering the discarded bulletins, spilled Cheerios, and dropped tissues from the pews. She never talked to anyone, but would smile if they acknowledged her.

2 Feb 2020

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Cycle A

Take a balanced approach to the holidays

When it comes to preparing the way for the Lord’s arrival, nobody’s got my brother-in-law beat—at least when it comes to Christmas decorating. Most men have something they like to show off harmlessly about, and for Dan it’s his Christmas tree.

26 Jan 2020

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The call continues

The first vocation invitation or call that I received was from my father. It was my junior year in college and I had yet to declare a major.

26 Jan 2020

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Face your fear

In the movie Home Alone, 8-year-old Kevin McCallister acted surprisingly brave—except when it came to going down into his basement. He was frozen with fear when he had to descend into his spooky basement with its strange sounds, eerie shadows, and monstrous furnace with air ducts flailing out like the arms of a giant squid.