Browsing the 2021 archive of Father's Homilies
Posted by marguerite noga on 12/31/21
The darkness didn’t overcome the light
A man built a prosperous business through hard work and honest dealings. As he advanced in age, he felt concerned about the future of his enterprise because he had no children or close relatives, except for three nephews.
One day he summoned ... Read More »
Posted by marguerite noga on 12/20/21
Remember the Gift of Christmas
I’d like to begin today’s reflection with a story… I read somewhere that both the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea are formed by the same water supply. It flows down, cool and clear from Mount Hermon. The Sea of Galilee is gorgeous ... Read More »
Posted by marguerite noga on 12/13/21
Can we still find joy?
Today we light the pink candle on our Advent Wreath, a candle different from the others and standing for joy. Back in the old days when preparation for Christmas had a strong spiritual dimension, and included doing some penance and fasting, this Third Sunday ... Read More »
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 »