Learn the faith

From the Aug. 24-25, 2013, bulletin of St. Martin of Tours parish, Gaithersburg, Md.

It’s that time of year again!  For the last few weeks, they’ve been getting ready:  buying new clothes, new backpacks, notebooks and pencils and other supplies.  And very soon—even this Monday morning—these students will be headed back to school, to new teachers, new classmates, new things to learn and do.

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Sharing the Good News, here and now!

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: July 7, 2013
Isa 66:10-14; Ps 66; Gal 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

What an adventure these 72 disciples of Jesus experienced! What a commission, and what results! Our Gospel reading today comes within the long, gradual journey that our Lord Jesus is making from Galilee to Jerusalem, where he will give his life for us on the cross. And we hear today about how he sent these 72 disciples of his ahead of him to every town and place he intended to visit.

Can you imagine being sent on that mission? Going with one other person to places you had never been; speaking to people you had never met; traveling light, as he instructed; moving fast; knowing that many would reject your message, but just moving on to those who would receive it? (more…)

¡Compartir la Buena Nueva, aquí y ahora!

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XIV Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 7 Julio 2013
Is 66, 10-14; Sal 65; Gal 6, 14-18; Lc 10, 1-12.17-20

¡Qué aventura experimentaron estos 72 discípulos de Jesús! ¡Qué comisión, y qué resultados! Nuestra lectura del Evangelio de hoy aparece dentro de ese viaje largo y gradual que nuestro Señor Jesús hace de Galilea a Jerusalén, donde dará su vida por nosotros en la cruz. Y hoy escuchamos de cómo envió a estos 72 discípulos suyos por delante de él a todos los pueblos y lugares a donde pensaba ir.

¿Puede imaginar ser enviado en esa misión? ¿Ir con una persona a lugares que nunca había estado; hablar con gente que nunca había conocido; viajar con pocas posesiones, como él pidió; mover rápido; saber que muchos rechazarían su mensaje, pero simplemente continuar a los que lo recibirían? (more…)

Faith, doubts, and difficulties in the Year of Faith

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A talk given as part of the Lenten Mission Series for the Year of Faith, at St. Mary’s of Piscataway, in Clinton, Md., on Feb. 19, 2013.

Faith is our response to God’s revelation to us:  a personal receptiveness to his personal reaching out. Father Dan explores how we can address doubts that might undercut our faith in general, or difficulties that we might feel about particular teachings of the faith. “Be not unbelieving, but believe!” (more…)

Entrar en la oración

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Una homilía dada en la Vísperas Cuaresmal de 15 Febrero 2013.

En empezar este Tiempo de la Cuaresma, nos enfocamos otra vez en las tres prácticas tradicionales, las tres formas de penitencia más insistidas por la Escritura y los Padres de la Iglesia: el ayuno, la limosna, y la oración. (CIC 1434) Hoy hablaré de la oración; y ustedes oirán de las otras dos prácticas en las Vísperas de las semanas siguientes.

Y, ¡qué maravilloso es hablar de la oración! La oración es una forma de la penitencia no por ser un castigo— ¡y espero que no les parezca como castigo!— sino por ser una forma de la conversión verdadera, de girar, no sólo del pecado sino hacia Dios: de acercarnos a él, de comunicar íntimamente con él, de hacernos más como nuestro Señor Jesús en su relación con Dios Padre. (more…)

Entering into Prayer

This is an English translation of a Spanish homily that I gave at a Lenten Vespers service on Feb. 15, 2013.

As we begin this Season of Lent, we turn again to the three traditional practices, the three forms of penance most emphasized by Scripture and by the Church Fathers: fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. (CCC 1434) Tonight I will be speaking about prayer; and you will hear about the other two practices at Vespers in the coming weeks.

And how wonderful it is to speak about prayer. It is a form of penance not because it is a punishment—and I hope it does not feel like a punishment to you!—but because it is a form of true conversion, of turning, not only away from sin but toward God: drawing closer to him, communicating closely with him, becoming more like our Lord Jesus in his relationship with God the Father. (more…)