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HOMILY FOR 33D SUNDA O.T. (A) GRACIOUS HOSPITALITY/BL. SOLANUS CASEY 18/19 NOV 2017

Posted by James Silk

 

        Barney Casey became one of Detroit’s best-known priests even though he was not allowed to preach formally or to hear confessions!

        Barney came from a large family in Oak Grove, Wisconsin. At the age of 21, and after he had worked as a logger, a hospital ... Read More »

The Reformation: 500 Year Anniversary

Posted by James Silk

It happened my last semester of seminary at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. One morning in a class on the Holy Trinity, one of the best systematic theologians in the US, Fr. Richard Malone, came into the classroom and said this to us, who would soon be priests:

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HOMILY FOR 23RD SUNDAY O.T. (A) RELATIVISM AND RIGHT AND WRONG

Posted by James Silk

At first glance, it seems that Jesus is being authoritarian in this passage.

        He is explaining to His Apostles, the future leaders of the Church, how they should deal with members of the Church who fall into sin and cause scandal to the family of believers. Here Jesus ... Read More »

HOMILY FOR ASSUMPTION 2017 Reading the Signs of the Times

Posted by James Silk

In the Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes, Joy and Hope, the  Council Fathers said this:

       “Inspired by no earthly ambition, the Church seeks but a solitary goal: to carry forward the work of Christ under the lead of ... Read More »

Reconciliation

Posted by James Silk

It happened 100 years ago this last week.  July 13, 1917.  The Blessed Virgin Mary made her third appearance to the three shepherd children in Fatima Portugal.  This apparition, the third of six, was different however.  This one she had prepared them for in a special way. In this ... Read More »

Baptism in Christ

Posted by James Silk

One of the great things about Ordinary Time, is it gives some flexibility to homilists as to what to preach about. So, during these summer months, I want to give a series of homilies — sermons really, on the Sacraments of the Faith.  And St. Paul’s words to us ... Read More »

Which Came First

Posted by James Silk

HOMILY FOR 6TH EASTER (A)

20/21 May 2017

Which Came First

 

        In all of life there are the eternal questions:  why am I here; is there a God; what is my purpose in life; which came first, the chicken or the egg.  And today's Gospel sets up ... Read More »

Good Shepherd Sunday

Posted by James Silk

HOMILY FOR FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

7 MAY 2017

First Communion/Good Shepherd

 

        News broke this week from Rome, that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has approved some decrees and miracles for the advancement of causes of several candidates for sainthood.  Among them was one American, Venerable Solanus ... Read More »

Mistaken Identity

Posted by James Silk

HOMILY PALM SUNDAY

8/9 APRIL 2017

Mistaken Identity

 

        Many historians tell us that Pontius Pilate despised his posting to the Judean country-side.  This was the outskirts of the Roman Empire.  He considered this posting as the Governor of Judea to be one of the worst assignments of ... Read More »

Adoration and The Holy Spirit

Posted by James Silk

HOMILY FOR SEVENTH SUNDAY O.T. - A

18/19 FEB 2017

ADORATION AND THE HOLY SPIIRT

 

        Our bodies Are Temples of the Holy Spirit

        Many critics of the Catholic Church accuse us of being repressive.

        All these rules that we have about not getting drunk, not ... Read More »