Browsing Father's Homilies
Posted by marguerite noga on 12/06/21
Year of the Eucharist: What are we hungry for?
One day a woman was walking through a beautiful meadow, meditating on nature. While strolling about, she came upon a field of golden pumpkins. In the corner of the field stood a majestic, huge oak tree.
She sat ... Read More »
Posted by marguerite noga on 11/15/21
Can you sleep when the wind blows?
When it comes to this end of time stuff, with all its wild imagery, it can leave us confused, if not scared out of our wits. How are we to understand it? What do we do with it?
To help us ... Read More »
Posted by marguerite noga on 11/01/21
Our highest ideal & our greatest gift
I recently read a fascinating story about a great violinist named Nicolo Paganini. Paganini left his exquisite violin to the city of Genoa, the place of his birth, but on one condition—that the instrument never be played again. As it turned out, ... Read More »
Posted by marguerite noga on 10/18/21
It cannot be that way among you!
To help us understand today’s Scripture, I want to begin with a story from the world of sports. It’s a story about the Olympics that were held in Barcelona in 1992. It was near the end of the men’s four-hundred-meter race ... Read More »
Posted by marguerite noga on 10/13/21
Jesus’ formula for success
How would you define success?
A troubled man made an appointment with a rabbi who was known to be wise and gentle. “Rabbi,” said the man, wringing his hands, “I’m a failure. More than half the time I do not succeed in doing what ... Read More »
Posted by marguerite noga on 10/04/21
No one is expendable!
This weekend, after a layoff because of the Covid-19 pandemic, our religious education classes are starting again, and our young people are returning. For this reason, I want to begin with the second part of today’s gospel—about children.
Let’s begin with a story. ... Read More »
Posted by marguerite noga on 9/20/21
A Call to put aside jealousy and selfish ambition
I want to take a look at today’s readings from the point of view of ambition: when is ambition a good thing, and when is it bad? Let’s begin with a story…
The story is told of a ... Read More »
Posted by marguerite noga on 9/13/21
Heading toward Jerusalem: Jesus and 9/11
We are observing the twentieth anniversary of 9/11. In a recent issue of St. Anthony Messenger memories are shared about a Franciscan priest whose name came to be known around the world. The article states, “Franciscan Father Mychal Judge is ... Read More »
Posted by marguerite noga on 9/07/21
Homily for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 5, 2021
Am I my brother’s (and sister’s) keeper?
Let me begin with a story….A woman was standing on a curb, waiting for the traffic light to change. On the opposite curb was a girl about 17 years ... Read More »
Posted by marguerite noga on 8/23/21
"Grab the Bull by the Horns"
After taking a weekend off last week to honor Mary, we now return to Jesus’ teaching on the Eucharist in what is called the Bread of Life Discourse, Chapter 6 of John’s gospel.
To help us understand what is happening in this ... Read More »