Matrimonio y familia hoy: la crisis, la vocación

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La Sagrada Familia, Año A: 29 Diciembre 2013
Sir 3, 2-6.12-14; Sal 127; Col 3, 12-17; Mt 2, 13-15.19-23 (more…)

Marriage and family today: the crisis, the calling

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Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Year A:
Dec. 29, 2013
Sir 3:2-6, 12-14; Ps 128; Col 3:12-17; Matt 2:13-15, 19-23

Three years ago, I had the privilege to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with a group of other priests. Of course, one of the places we went was Nazareth. There, we visited the large church called the Basilica of the Annunciation—marking the spot where the angel Gabriel visited Mary and invited her to become the Mother of God; where she said yes; and thus the very spot, marked, where the Word was made flesh.

But there on the same property is a smaller church, the Church of St. Joseph. It was there that we celebrated Mass. This church contains artwork not only of St. Joseph himself, but of the Holy Family: (more…)

¿Quién ama el cuerpo? ¿Quién desea la resurrección?

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Homilía en Novena de la Medalla Milagrosa, 8 Abril 2013
1 Cor 15, 12-20

¿Creemos en la inmortalidad del alma, o en la resurrección de la carne?

Podría parecer que edifico una pregunta con trampa en ponerla de esta manera, ya que la respuesta es: “Ambos.” Pero en realidad es una pregunta útil, porque nos recuerda que los dos conceptos no son exactamente iguales. Y es posible creer en uno sin el otro; o incluso hacer hincapié en uno hasta el punto de accidentalmente olvidar el otro.

Nos encontramos esta tarde en el tiempo de Pascua—estos 50 días del año en que celebramos la verdad sorprendente de la resurrección de nuestro Señor Jesucristo en la carne. (more…)

Who loves the body? Who wants the resurrection?

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Homily at Miraculous Medal Novena, April 8, 2013
1 Cor 15:12-20

Do we believe in the immortality of the soul, or the resurrection of the body?

It might seem that I am creating a trick question in putting it that way, since the answer is actually: “Both.” But it is actually a helpful question, because it reminds us that the two concepts are not exactly the same. And it is possible to believe in one without the other; or even to emphasize one to such a degree that we accidentally forget the other.

We stand this evening within the Easter Season—these 50 days every year when we celebrate the amazing truth of our Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection in the flesh. (more…)

Surprised by joy

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4th Sunday of Advent, Year C: Dec. 23, 2012
Micah 5:1-4; Ps 80; Heb 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45

Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah had had a long, gray life, filled with a certain sadness. They were good people—sincere and faithful—among the People of Israel, living out lives characterized by faith and treating others decently and fairly. St. Luke tells us that “both were righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly.” (1:6)

But they had never been able to have children. Year after year they had tried, before there was medical science that could discover and heal the problem in Zechariah’s body or Elizabeth’s body. Year after year they had prayed, in a culture that emphasized having children much more than ours does. (more…)

Say Yes to God in this New Year

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Mary Mother of God: January 1, 2011
Num 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8; Gal 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21

Today is the Octave Day of Christmas. The Church has long had the practice of celebrating the octaves of certain important feast days: that is, after celebrating the day itself, of then coming back on the 8th day and, in a way, celebrating it again, sort of like an echo or a reprise in music. Because the person, and the mystery, celebrated on those days is just too important to let it just fade away into our memories and into the past so quickly; so it seems important to bring it back again. (more…)