This is the very first homily I preached, at Solemn Vespers of Pentecost, to a Men’s retreat.
The majority of you have come here after a day and a night of a men’s retreat. This is good. And yet some others have gathered here in prayer as well. Let this not distract you men, but rather help you focus. We believe in the “Communion of Saints” which includes the saints in Heaven who pray for us, the souls in purgatory who rely on our prayers, and our brothers and sisters across the world. We are united in prayer most especially in the Eucharist. There is no competition between male and female:there is complementarity.
Now I want to address the men here, and to the women, I encourage each of you: please pray for your husband(if you are married), your father, your sons, and your brothers. Please pray especially to St Joseph that he may help us men to be faithful and courageous.
Men, we are inherently visual creatures. We are constantly on the go or seeking, we are distracted and captivated by beauty. Due to our fallen nature, the devil often uses this to steer us from the path of virtue and holiness. The beauty in liturgy is meant to captivate us-to be a genuine sign of the beauty of God’s revelation. All of creation glorifies God, and in using all these things-vestments, incense, bells, a certain harmony in movement, chanting, musical instruments like the organ, God uses our senses to be captivated by His love and His call to each of us to become a saint. Every fiber of our lives is meant to glorify God! Read More
Frequent meditation on Our Lord’s passion is essential for our spiritual lives. It’s almost like a pitch pipe for a schola. Every now and then, the pipe is played to keep the schola from going flat. The same is true with us. We may be living and practicing the faith, but eventually we may slowly start to slip into acedia, or lukewarmness. We begin to go flat, so we need a little tute to get us back on the right note.
Then we hear the Gospel like we hear it today:
“They shall look on him whom they have pierced” (John 19:37) and in the book of Revelation we hear “every eye will see him, every one who pierced him; and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him” (1:7).
This is the first homily I preached for my good friends, the Sister Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cresson, PA.
“to all who received Him, believed in His name, He gave power to become children of God.”
What a profound statement this truly is! Our Lord took on flesh and entered this world as we all do- in the womb of a Mother. He truly experienced the human condition in all aspects except for sin. This very weakness is His strength that he offers to each of us.
What does it mean to become a child of God? And what is this power that Saint John speaks of? Read More