La Sagrada Familia y la obediencia de la fe

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La Sagrada Familia, Año B: 28 Diciembre 2014 (more…)

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The Holy Family and the obedience of faith

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Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Year B:
Dec. 28, 2014

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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…)

Completely natural

From the July 20-21, 2013, bulletin of St. Martin of Tours parish, Gaithersburg, Md.

Many in our society today are careful about the food that they eat and provide to their family—seeking to ensure that it is free from hormones, chemicals, pesticides, or other substances that might harm their bodies or their loved ones.  Yet how many of these same careful people use or approve of contraceptive methods that fill a woman’s body with hormones or chemicals—quite unaware that there is a method of family planning that does not require pills, patches, implants, or injections, but instead is as all-natural as the food they eat? (more…)

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The choice of faith

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Aug. 26, 2012
Josh 24:1-2, 15-17, 18; Ps 34; Eph 5:2, 25-32; John 6:51-58

This is our fifth and final week in Chapter 6 of the Gospel of John, and we have come to the time of decision. Our Lord Jesus has done much and said much; and now it is time for his disciples to respond, to choose. Just as we heard in the first reading that Joshua had said to the People of Israel some 1400 years earlier, “Choose you this day whom you will serve”—so our Lord’s disciples had a choice to make.

The chapter began the day before, when our Lord Jesus miraculously fed the crowd of 5000 with just five loaves and two fish. And then, the next day, the crowd came looking for him. (more…)

After all the wrong places, the Samaritan woman finally found what she was looking for

This is a translation of the Spanish homily that I preached on the
3rd Sunday of Lent, Year A: March 27, 2011
Exod 17:3-7; Ps 95; Rom 5:1-2, 5-8; John 4:5-52

Because we are corporeal beings—because we are not just souls, but a combination of soul and body—we are characterized by thirst, and by hunger.  Thirst for water; hunger for food.  And also for other things:  for we also need clothing and shelter; security; and things that are less tangible:  hunger for meaning, and for accomplishment; thirst for love, and for yet more.

And when we go without any of these needs for a very long time, it can be said of us—as it was said of the People of Israel in the desert in our first reading—that we are dying of thirst. We need it, but we don’t have it:  we are dying of thirst.  And what are we going to do to satisfy that thirst? (more…)

Después de todos los lugares equivocados, la samaritana finalmente encontró lo que buscaba

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III Domingo de Cuaresma, Año A: 27 Marzo 2011
Ex 17, 3-7; Sal 94; Rom 5, 1-2.5-8; Juan 4, 5-42

Porque somos seres corporales—porque no somos sólo almas sino una combinación de alma y cuerpo—somos caracterizados por la sed; y el hambre. Sed del agua; hambre del alimento; y también de otras cosas: necesitamos también la ropa y el refugio; la seguridad. Y otras cosas más intangibles: hambre del sentido, y del logro; sed del amor, y aún más.

Y, cuando nos falta alguna de estas necesidades de duración muy larga, se puede decir de nosotros—como del Pueblo de Israel en el desierto en la primera lectura—que estamos torturados por la sed. Lo necesitamos; pero nos falta; estamos torturados por la sed. Y ¿qué haremos para satisfacer esta sed? (more…)

Abortion

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Faith Seeks Understanding: The Gift of Life, 1 of 6

Father Dan begins a series of classes on life issues (pressed upon us by new technologies) by examining abortion—taking the life of a child not yet born. What is the Church’s teaching? Is it ever moral? Does it bring on excommunication? What do prenatal diagnosis and contraceptives have to do with it? What are our duties as voters?

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