Saints

Jesus the Great High Priest

I preached this homily on the 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B.

There is a legend that Saint John Neumann and Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos were traveling through Latrobe. Due to the Anti-Catholicism of the time they could not find a place to stay. They found a tavern that would accept them—Francis Xavier Seelos slept on a bench, and Saint John Neumann paced all night reading his breviary and praying. Perhaps an example like this is what our Lord would use to once again explain that being a faithful follower of Christ does entail some difficulties, but it is in those difficulties that we are drawn into a closer union with God. (more…)

Scandal, Sanctity, Saint Therese

[There is a lot to post about these days with some great feast days approaching!]

I recently looked up the weight of a mill stone, because our Lord tells us “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” (cf Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48) (more…)

St Aloysius Gonzaga

I was asked to preach the feast day Mass for St Aloysius Church in Cresson, PA:

After silencing the Sadduccees, (cf. Mt 22:34-39) the Pharisees step up to test our Lord. They ask about the greatest commandment, and he points out that the entirety of our lives must hinge upon two relationships: love for God and love for neighbor. (more…)

Saint Patrick

In today’s day and age, at least in the USA, the memorial of Saint Patrick is often used as an excuse for debauchery. Cities color their rivers green and people go to bars. Saint Patrick would tell these people to use their energy to pray and sacrifice.

A good biography of him can be found here.

Saint Patrick would have no time for the wild sinful partying that happens in his name. (more…)