Faith for the long haul

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Aug. 7, 2016
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The eternal king and priest satisfies our deepest hungers

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Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), Year C: May 29, 2016
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Jesus’ compassion and mercy

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: July 19, 2015
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Does God believe in you?

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2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A: March 16, 2014
Gen 12:1-4; Ps 33; 2 Tim 1:8-10; Matt 17:1-9 (more…)

¿Dios cree en usted?

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II Domingo de Cuaresma, Año A: 16 Marzo 2014
Gen 12, 1-4; Sal 32; 2 Tim 1, 8-10; Mt 17, 1-9 (more…)

En la humildad, liberado y fundado

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XXII Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 1 Septiembre 2013
Sir 3, 19-21.30-31; Sal 67; Heb 12, 18-19.22-24; Lc 14, 1.7-14

En las lecturas de hoy, se nos insta a tener humildad y humillarnos. Pero, ¿qué significa esto?

  • ¿Significa la humildad no hacer nada para aprender más, u obtener un buen trabajo, o mejorar nuestra condición de vida? No.
  • ¿Significa la humildad decir falsamente que no valemos nada, que no tenemos buenas cualidades o talentos o habilidades? No.
  • ¿Significa la humildad pasivamente dejar que la falsedad o el mal nos aplasten, y nunca hablar o actuar por la verdad y la bondad? No. (more…)

Humbly receptive at the great banquet

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 1, 2013
Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29; Ps 68; Heb 12:18-19, 22-24; Luke 14:1, 7-14

In our Gospel reading today, we hear our Lord Jesus advise: “When you are invited to a wedding banquet, go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, ‘My friend, move up to a higher position.'” Now, as literal advice, taking the lowest place with that goal wouldn’t be real humility at all; it would be a manipulative fraud. But we know that our Lord Jesus is telling a parable here, and sometimes when he does so he exaggerates the everyday details of the story in order to make his point.

But imagine for a moment that you did take the advice literally; that you took the lowest place in the banquet; and no one noticed. (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…)