Tag: Charity

Members Of Church Belong To Something Far Greater Than Local Parish

During the June Pilgrimage to Rome, I was aware of many graces, not the least of which is the unity that we share as one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. This truth was represented in a small way by the group that travelled with me, from the various places of my life and ministry – Indiana, Wyoming, and Alaska; and in its fullness as the new Archbishops from around the world celebrated Mass with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square. The universality of the Church is a beautiful mystery and reality, one that calls us […]

Easter Sunday Mass At Covenant House, Alaska; Anchorage

There has been a long standing tradition within the Archdiocese of Anchorage that on Easter Sunday, the Archbishop celebrates Mass at Covenant House.  I happily continued that tradition yesterday morning, celebrating Mass with many of the staff, board members, benefactors, and others who came to join us.  We had an appropriately inspiring celebration of the Resurrection. You can find my homily for the occasion here. It was nice to stay for a brunch which followed Mass, and an opportunity to be with the youth presently staying at Covenant House. Covenant House moved into their present […]

The Great Commandment

In Today’s Gospel, (Mark 12) Jesus summarizes the Ten Commandments and tells us to love God with all our strength, and to love our neighbor as ourself.  The Gospel values are timeless – and always applicable – including these days that we live in.  We have many neighbors who need our attention and love. On a personal level, that is quite simple.  We have only to make an act of the will and an act of charity to love our neighbor.  It is a simple choice.  On a communitarian level, it seems to have become […]

The Cause Of Our Thanksgiving

As this national day of giving thanks dawns, I reflect upon the first reading from St. Paul for today’s Mass of Thanksgiving. St. Paul gets to the heart of it when he says: I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Corinthians 1:4) In a world that seems to be living at a more superficial level, it is good to be reminded of the Priority of God as the creator of all life and Jesus Christ our savior. In a world that knows much division, we […]

Do You Realize What I Have Done For You?

Here is tonight’s Holy Thursday Homily.  Photos will follow in the morning. “Do you realize what I have done for you?” On this holy night, the Church universal returns to the upper room. Truth be known, it returns to a place and time even more distant, to Egypt, during the first Passover of the Lord when he set his people Israel free from slavery and bondage. This night recalls the closeness of God, the fidelity of God, the enduring love of God for all of his people. The God who for centuries had entered into […]

Conversion of Heart; Approach of Lent is the Approach of the LORD

This morning’s reading from the Book of Genesis (Genesis 6:5-8) expresses God’s grief in the face of the human capacity for evil. When the Lord saw how great was man’s wickedness on earth, and how no desire that his heart conceived was ever anything but evil, he regretted that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was grieved. While the Lord was planning to destroy all he had created from the face of the earth, he was moved by the goodness of one man, Noah. As we prepared to begin another season […]

Have You Begun Your Lenten Journey?

Now that the Lenten Season is begun, are you out of the starting gate? Yesterday believers gathered around the globe for Ash Wednesday services.  Ash Wednesday is one of those poignant moments when we allow God to ‘take off the gloves’ and remind us, indeed reveal to us, our sins. It is helpful at the beginning of this penitential season to humbly, soberly allow ourselves to be consciously clear about our sin.  As the First Letter of St. John instructs us: “If we say “We are without sin,” we decieve ourselves, and the truth is […]

Strive To Be Welcomed Into Eternal Dwellings

This Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) reminds us that we are stewards of many gifts in this life.  Just as the steward of the rich man in today’s Gospel (Luke 16:1-13) was eventually called upon by his master to give an accounting of his stewardship, so each of us. At first blush, we can get the sense the Gospel is about wealth and property.  These are only the worldly realities being discussed by Jesus, and probably why we so readily focus on them in this Gospel, and it is important to pay […]

Good Shepherd Tonight; Sacrificial Lamb Tomorrow: Homily for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper:

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper 2013 Homily Good Shepherd Tonight; Sacrificial Lamb Tomorrow   Tonight, we celebrate the beginnings of the Church as Jesus establishes the two great sacraments of Eucharist and Priesthood.  Tonight, we see Jesus as the Good Shepherd.  Tomorrow, we will gaze upon Him as the Sacrificial Lamb. (see Zechariah 10:10-11)  Tonight He gives us the Eucharist, tomorrow He will become the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world.  Tonight as He washes His disciples’ feet, Jesus models the great commandment to love one another.  Tomorrow […]

Lent: A Time For Review of Life Aimed at Growing in Holiness

Lent is clearly a time to examine our holiness of life.  Some have recently asked for greater detail in terms of what exactly holiness entails.  In short, holiness is found through our relationship with God.  That is why Jesus instructs us “to be perfect just as our heavenly Father is perfect.”  (Matthew 5:48)  In other words, our holiness exists in God, who is Supreme holiness; Holiness itself.  St. Thomas Aquinas saw holiness as our capacity to receive God.  “For nothing is worthy to receive God unless it be pure, according to Psalm 92:5: ‘Holiness becomes your […]

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