Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pentecost - Happy Birthday Holy Mother Church

Pentecost is the Birthday of Holy Mother the Church.  Jesus had given the Church a bodily form but it had not yet been animated with power from on high.  Pentecost is when the Body of Christ was given a soul.  He is the Soul of our soul, the evangelizer, animator, creator, life-giving lover of our inmost being.

Listen to my homily for Pentecost:

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Mass Readings for the day.

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Who is the Holy Spirit?  The men of Corinth had "never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."  This is like many today, living a life as if there is no God who can help us live holy lives.

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Mass readings for the day

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

St Joseph Helps us to Sanctify Work and Be Sanctified by Work

Listen to my homily for the memorial of St Joseph the Workman:

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From Blessed Pope John Paul II's Encyclical On Human Work, Laborem Exercens

THROUGH WORK man must earn his daily bread1 and contribute to the continual advance of science and technology and, above all, to elevating unceasingly the cultural and moral level of the society within which he lives in community with those who belong to the same family. And work means any activity by man, whether manual or intellectual, whatever its nature or circumstances; it means any human activity that can and must be recognized as work, in the midst of all the many activities of which man is capable and to which he is predisposed by his very nature, by virtue of humanity itself. Man is made to be in the visible universe an image and likeness of God himself2, and he is placed in it in order to subdue the earth3. From the beginning therefore he is called to work. Work is one of the characteristics that distinguish man from the rest of creatures, whose activity for sustaining their lives cannot be called work. Only man is capable of work, and only man works, at the same time by work occupying his existence on earth. Thus work bears a particular mark of man and of humanity, the mark of a person operating within a community of persons. And this mark decides its interior characteristics; in a sense it constitutes its very nature.