Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Memorial and Promotional Mass for the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem

October 16, 2021
Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church
Arlington, Texas

Sirach 2:1-11
Psalm 23
1 John 3:1-2
John 14:1-6

Today the Lord has gathered and summoned us as His People to offer and to celebrate this Mass for the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jesus. We pray for the repose of the souls of those Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher who have died during the past two years. We also pray for those members who are to be promoted within the ranks of our order for the sake of the mission entrusted to us.

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Homily for the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Opening Mass of the Diocesan Synodal Process

October 17, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Isaiah 53:10-11
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22
Hebrews 4:14-16
Mark 10:35-45

Synod is a word from Greek that means a meeting of people. In 1965, as a means of the continuing implementation of the teaching of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Saint Paul VI created a new structure of the Holy See called the Synod of Bishops, and he planned for that standing office to organize regular meetings of bishops from around the world who would be given a topic to address by the Pope and then make recommendations based on their deliberations.

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Homily for the Memorial of St. Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Diocesan In-Service for Teachers

October 15, 2021
Nolan Catholic High School
Fort Worth, Texas

Romans 8:22-27
Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11
John 15:1-8

Today in our life as the Church we celebrate the memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus also known as Saint Teresa of Avila, the great Carmelite Reformer and Doctor of the Church. Saint Teresa writes, “Let nothing trouble you, let nothing frighten you, everything passes but God remains. Patience attains all, he who possesses God lacks for nothing; God alone suffices.”

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Homily for the Mass for Babies who Died before Baptism

October 9, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Isaiah 25:6-10a
Psalm 23
Mark 10:13-16

The Rite for Baptism of Infants calls for two anointings. The first anointing is to be administered by the priest and deacon with the Oil of Catechumens applied to the chest of the infant. This anointing is to take place before the Baptism is administered with the pouring of water. Then Baptism is administered by the priest or deacon by pouring the water over the head of the infant while saying simultaneously the words, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” There soon follows the second anointing with the Holy Chrism applied by the priest or deacon on the crown or forehead of the infant which signifies the newly baptized infant’s being anointed into the common priesthood, the prophetic office, and the kingship of Christ. Two anointings. One takes place before Baptism and the second one takes place after Baptism. Why?

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Homily for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 25, 2021
St. Michael Catholic Church
Bedford, Texas

Numbers 11:25-29
Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14
Daniel 10:10-21
Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

The book of Numbers recalls how God bestowed the gift of prophecy on 70 elders of Israel, or at least on 68 of them as Medad and Eldad were busy outside of camp. These elders were appointed by God at Moses’ request to assist Moses in his work as leader, however Joshua was upset and jealous at God’s generosity.

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Homily for the Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

September 19, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Wisdom 2:12, 17-20
Psalm 54: 3-4, 5, 6, 8
James 3:16-4:3
Mark 9:30-37

The reading from the Book of Wisdom today lets us hear the thoughts of the wicked. They devise ways to attack and persecute the just person for opposing them and bringing to light their wickedness; so, they torture and condemn the just to see if God will protect them. “Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings, reproaches us for transgressions of the law and charges us with violations of our training. Let us see whether his words be true; let us find out what will happen to him.” The just one is a cause for their own insecurity and fear and they resent him as an adversary.

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Homily for the Mass for the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church

September 18, 2021
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Cisco, Texas

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 4-15
Psalm His Steadfast Love Endures Forever
1 Peter 2:2-9
John 2:1-12

There are two Greek words for the word “time.” There is chronos and there is kairos. Chronos refers to time as it is measured by history and recorded in the way that a wristwatch, schedule, stopwatch, or calendar does. Kairos refers to time as the point where circumstances and needs converge for the right human decision or intervention by God into human affairs.

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Homily for the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Monday, September 13, 2021
Theological College
Washington, D.C.

1 Timothy  2:1-8
Psalm 28:2, 7, 8-9
Luke 7:1-10

The Gospel today offers us an important distinction for our reflection. It offers us the distinction between the religion born of culture and religion born of faith. First, the Gospel tells us this story, “A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die, and he was valuable to him. When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and save the life of his slave. They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying, “He deserves to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation, and he built the synagogue for us.”

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