Tag: Homily

The anatomy of a great homily

The anatomy of a great homily

| June 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

What goes into a good homily?

The Catholic Spirit put the question to Father Thomas Margevicius, who teaches homiletics to men preparing for the priesthood at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St. Paul.

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‘Only Jesus’: Archbishop Hebda’s installation Mass homily

‘Only Jesus’: Archbishop Hebda’s installation Mass homily

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Over the course of the past 11 months, I’ve come to believe that God the Father is calling us as a Church to let go of everything other than Jesus. The circumstances in which we find ourselves have left us humbled and exposed, and at times the object of public scorn and reproach. The bonds of communion that have long been the strength of this local Church have been tested and challenged as we come to grips with our past and strive to make plans for the future.

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Make sure Jesus, king of the universe, is also king of our hearts

Make sure Jesus, king of the universe, is also king of our hearts

| Deacon Doug Liebsch | November 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe is one feast in which we recognize the grand majesty of Jesus. This feast helps deepen our understanding of who Jesus is.

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Amid distractions, prayer helps lead us to Jesus

Amid distractions, prayer helps lead us to Jesus

| Deacon Charles Friebohle | October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Just imagine that you’re going up north on vacation, and on the way you see a blind beggar on the side of the road. You stop to help the man, and he tells you something about yourself that not even your family members can see. This describes the Gospel passage for Oct. 25.

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Jesus’ ‘radical’ command inspires deep faith

Jesus’ ‘radical’ command inspires deep faith

| Deacon Mark Pavlak | August 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the readings this weekend, we arrive at a very pivotal moment in the great bread of life discourse. Until now, Jesus has only required belief in him as the one sent by the father, a belief difficult enough in itself. He has done many things to merit our belief, like feeding the 5,000 and walking on water. But in the Scripture for Aug. 16, he challenges us to put our belief into action in a very unpalatable way: to eat his body and drink his blood.

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Have faith: God uses our lowliness for greatness

Have faith: God uses our lowliness for greatness

| Deacon Kyle Kowalczyk | July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Galileans apparently spoke with a really strong accent. It was probably an accent similar in Israel to a southern accent here in Minnesota: the type of accent at which one likes to poke fun.

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When life’s storms rage, seek Jesus and Mary

When life’s storms rage, seek Jesus and Mary

| Deacon Michael Daly | June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Sea of Galilee is below sea level, within a bowl of hills, and very subject to unpredictable storms. After a hard day’s preaching, Jesus, who governs the universe, is stretched out, asleep in a boat during a violent storm. The apostles’ maritime skills were not enough to endure the waves, so as a last resort, they turn to Jesus to calm the sea.

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Jesus is closest when we receive him in the Eucharist

Jesus is closest when we receive him in the Eucharist

| Deacon Neil Bakker | June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

“Sing, my tongue, the Savior’s glory, of His Flesh, the mystery sing; of the Blood, all price exceeding, shed by our Immortal King, destined, for the world’s redemption, from a noble Womb to spring” (Hymn Pange Lingua, St. Thomas Aquinas).

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Choosing meekness leads us toward union with Trinity

Choosing meekness leads us toward union with Trinity

| Deacon Andrew Windschitl | March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Roman soldiers, who among their other acts of violence against Jesus placed a crown of thorns on his head, were correct about one thing: He is a king. This painful irony is not lost on us, especially when we pray the third sorrowful mystery of the rosary.

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Faith, love lead us to greater sacrifice

Faith, love lead us to greater sacrifice

| Deacon Arthur Roraff | February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

I have a ritual I perform whenever a plane I’m on is about to land. I shut my eyes and say, “Lord, I am yours. I beg for your mercy for my sins and offer myself to you.”

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Preparing for Christmas one papal homily at a time

Preparing for Christmas one papal homily at a time

| Cindy Wooden | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

As Advent got under way, Pope Francis included in his morning Mass homilies specific graces Catholics should pray for as they prepare for Christmas.

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Faith matures through adversity: How we can stand the test

Faith matures through adversity: How we can stand the test

| Deacon John Powers | August 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

For the 20th Sunday in ordinary time, the Church gives us three readings about the Gentiles. Our first two readings give us a positive image of the relationship between God and the Gentiles, and I especially like the first reading, Isaiah’s prophecy about “the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord.” But I find the Gospel challenging because I am a Gentile, and so Christ’s interaction with the Canaanite (Gentile) woman is personally disturbing because he seems unwilling to minister to her and, by analogy, to us.

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