Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

March 25, 2022
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Isaiah 7:10-14; 8-10
Psalm 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11
Hebrews 10:4-10
Luke 1:26-38

God made the original world order good; man destroyed that order by following Satan instead of God. Christ comes to restore that original order and to elevate it beyond our expectations through His Incarnation which begins through the purity of Mary’s Immaculate Heart and her “yes” to the Word of God. She is the example for each of us as disciples of Jesus in saying “yes” to the will of God. She is even more our mother and intercessor by assisting us in saying “Yes,” with the gift of God’s grace, which only she enjoys fully.

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Homily for the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Diocesan Day of Stewardship

March 19, 2022
St. Michael Catholic Church
Bedford, Texas

2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a,16
Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29
Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22
Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a

In Sacred Scripture, we see several instances where God chooses to reveal Himself and His plan for salvation through the dreams of human beings as visions of light amidst the cloudy darkness of the night: Joseph and his coat of many colors, the call of Samuel, the prophet Daniel, and in our Gospel today, Saint Joseph the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus.

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