Browsing Father's Homilies

Homily for the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time October 31, 2021

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 »

Homily for the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time October 17, 2021

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 »

Homily for the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time October 10, 2021

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 »

Homily for the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time October 3, 2021

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 »

Homily for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time September 19, 2021

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 »

Homily for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time September 12, 2021

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 »

Homily for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time September 5, 2021

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 »

Homily for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time August 22, 2021

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 »

Homily for the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary - August 14, 2021

Posted by marguerite noga on 8/17/21

  What Kind of Mansions  

During my vacation these past two weeks, I toured some of the famous mansions that the very wealthy built as summer retreats in Newport, RI. Not only were the buildings themselves impressive on the outside, but the buildings were filled with the best of ... Read More »

Homily for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time August 1, 2021

Posted by marguerite noga on 8/02/21

    How hungry are you?

Three seekers were encouraged to find what had been called the cave of wisdom and life. They made careful preparations for what would be a challenging and arduous journey. When they reached the place of the cave they noted a guard at the ... Read More »