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Browsing Father's Homilies

Browsing Father's Homilies

Homily for the First Sunday of Lent February 18, 2024

Posted by marguerite noga on 2/19/24

The God of the Flood? Or the God of the Rainbow?

 

A young boy sat on the front porch of a farmhouse with his grandfather. They heard a car coming down the seldom traveled dirt road. When the driver of the car, bearing out-of-state plates, saw them on ... Read More »

Homily for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time February 11, 2024

Posted by marguerite noga on 2/13/24

  Lobsters & Leprosy

I recently read an interesting story about some people who were at the seashore, watching some lobsters that had been brought in, in a bucket. They noted the strangest thing. From time to time, one of the lobsters would start to climb its way out ... Read More »

Homily for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time February 4, 2024

Posted by marguerite noga on 2/07/24

  Human Suffering: Come Unto Me

 

One of my favorite stories about the power of art…A well-known sculptor had a burning ambition to create the greatest statue of Jesus Christ ever made. He began in his Oceanside studio by shaping a clay model of a triumphant, regal figure. ... Read More »

Homily for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time January 28, 2024

Posted by marguerite noga on 1/29/24

    Paying Attention to God

 

One of my all-time favorite cartoons (I’ve used this before) was Dennis the Menace. One I’ll never forget has Dennis with his dog, Ruff, at his side, walking along with Margaret. Dennis is merrily pulling a red wagon, while Margaret, clutching her ... Read More »

Homily for Christmas December 25, 2023

Posted by marguerite noga on 12/27/23

    LOVE NEEDING FLESH

 

To probe and reflect on the essential meaning of Christmas, I want to begin with two stories…

Story #1

Once upon a cold Christmas Eve, a man sat in reflective silence before the flames flickering in the fireplace, thinking about the meaning of Christmas. ... Read More »

Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent December 12, 2023

Posted by marguerite noga on 12/13/23

   A Light Shines on in the Darkness

 

A Greek philosopher and teacher ended a lecture by asking, “Are there any questions?” One student asked, “Dr. Papaderos, what is the meaning of life?” Some laughter followed, and some started to leave, but the professor held up his hand, ... Read More »

Homily for the First Sunday of Advent December 3, 2023

Posted by marguerite noga on 12/04/23

   You Are the Potter, We Are the Clay

Hoping to find a few days’ work, a traveling portrait painter stopped in a small town. One of his first clients was a person with a dirty, unshaven face and bedraggled clothes, and his breath smelled of alcohol. Nonetheless, he ... Read More »

Homily for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time November 19, 2023

Posted by marguerite noga on 11/20/23

  Using Our Gifts with a Song in Our Hearts

Three neighborhood boys, Salvator, Julio and Antonio, lived and played in Cremona, Italy, around the mid-1600s. Salvator had a beautiful tenor voice and Julio played the violin in accompaniment as they strolled the piazzas. Antonio also liked music and ... Read More »

Homily for the Thirty-First Sunday of the Year November 12, 2023

Posted by marguerite noga on 11/13/23

Making Sure Our Lamps Don’t Go Out

 

I came across an intriguing story told by a monk who lived many hundreds of years ago:

 

A middle-aged woman went to a distant monastery for her first weekend retreat in many years. When she arrived at the guest house ... Read More »

Homily for the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time November 5, 2023

Posted by marguerite noga on 11/06/23

   A Sermon Walking

 

I have two stories today to help us reflect on today’s Gospel reading…

 

One afternoon in 1953, reporters and officials gathered at a Chicago railroad station to await the arrival of the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize winner. He stepped off the train—a giant ... Read More »