Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 19, 2020
Saint Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Wisdom 12:13, 16-19
Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
Romans 8:26-27
Matthew 13:24-43

We read in our first reading from the Book of Wisdom regarding the justice and mercy of God, “though you are master of might, you judge with clemency, and with much lenience you govern us; for power, whenever you will, attends you. You taught your people, by these deeds, that those who are just must be kind; and you gave your children good ground for hope that you would permit repentance for their sins.” It is revealed to us in the Word of God that all human justice is imperfect so we must pray for divine justice; all human mercy is imperfect, so we pray for divine mercy. To do this is itself a gift from God, an action of His grace.

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Commencement Address to the Class of 2020 Nolan Catholic High School

Commencement Address
Nolan Catholic High School: Class of 2020

July 11, 2020
Globe Life Field
Arlington, Texas

The light of God’s providence has shone brightly in the darkness of the fear of the COVID-19 pandemic and of the scalding rage of recent civil unrest and rioting. The light of God’s providence has lovingly guided the class of 2020 of Nolan Catholic High School to Globe Life Field in Arlington, in the Diocese of Fort Worth for your graduation exercises. We are grateful that we are able to be assembled here tonight to demonstrate what Nolan Catholic High School has demonstrated most recently during these past several months: that physical distancing need not be social distancing and that common purpose can transcend common space.

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