Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

50th Anniversary of Deaf Ministry in the Diocese of Fort Worth

October 2, 2022
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, TX

Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:3-4
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14
Luke 17:5-10

“If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts.” Amidst being taken captive by the Babylonians, Habakkuk the prophet cries out to God asking why God is allowing this violence and ruin. The vision God sends the prophet is that the faithful and just will live, but God works in His own time and the people must wait for fulfillment of God’s plan. Waiting for its fulfillment means living focused on making God’s love and faithfulness a reality. Jesus brings and is that fulfillment promised to Habakkuk and proclaimed by Paul to Timothy.

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Homily for the Memorial of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face

Blessing of Blessed Imelda Convent

October 1, 2022
Fort Worth, TX

Nehemiah 8:1-6, 8-10
Psalm 19B
Ephesians 2:19-22
John 2:13-22

“Today is holy to the LORD your God. Do not be sad, and do not weep.”

Fifty-seven years ago, Perfectae Caritatis, the Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life of the Second Vatican Council, advocated for “the constant return to the sources of all Christian life and to the original spirit of the institutes and their adaptation to the changed conditions of our time.” In so doing, the Council enumerated five principals for the advancement of the authentic renewal of religious life.

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Homily for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 24, 2022
St. Mary Catholic Church
Graham, Texas

Amos 6:1a, 4-7
Psalm 146:7,8-9, 9-10
I Timothy 6:11-16
Luke 16:19-31

Last Sunday we heard the prophet Amos denounce injustice, and today he goes after people who live in luxury and are oblivious to the poverty and need of their neighbors. This is the situation in the parable today about the nameless rich man and Lazarus.

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Homily for the Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time


Mass and Visit to Sacred Heart Catholic School

August 31, 2022
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Muenster, TX

1 Corinthians 23:1-9
Psalm 33:12-13, 14-15, 20-21
Luke 4:38-44

No one is born alone. No one lives alone. No one sins alone. No one is saved alone. No one achieves important things alone. No one should die alone. These are important lessons that you learn in your time here at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Muenster, Texas. They are also lessons about which you remind your parents and families by your sharing these lessons with them at home.

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Homily for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 28, 2022
Saint Thomas Becket Catholic Church
Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter
Fort Worth, Texas

Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Psalm 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11
Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24a
Luke 14:1, 7-14

“Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God. What is too sublime for you, seek not, into things beyond your strength search not.” This wisdom revealed to us in our first reading from the Book of Sirach offers us much needed counsel and direction for matters of the spiritual and moral life. Too often we attempt with futility to live a good life and to pray dutifully – yet we too frequently attempt to accomplish each of these activities without first turning to God for His grace. Too often we fall into the trap of attempting to live an ethical life as a matter of self-help or will power. Likewise, without grace, our prayer life neglects the essential dimension of listening first for God’s voice and immediately proceeds to selfish petition without worship or adoration.

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Homily for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sacrament of Confirmation

August 21, 2022
Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church
Hillsboro, TX

Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b
Psalm 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21
Ephesians 5:21-32
John 6:60-69

When someone asked Jesus if only a few people would be saved, His answer was not immediately very comforting. “Try to come in through the narrow gate; many will try but few will be strong enough.” He says the master of the household doesn’t seem to recognize those who stand outside knocking, even though they had been his companions. And the wailing and grinding of teeth that awaits those outside the door is not a pretty thought. Their love for sin has made them to become unrecognizable to God because they have become what they love: sin.

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Homily for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sacrament of Confirmation

August 14, 2022
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Fort Worth, Texas

Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10
Psalm 40:2, 3, 4, 18
Hebrews 12:1-4
Luke 12:49-53

At the end of this Sunday, by the grace of God I will have administered the sacrament of Confirmation to 2185 young adults since November of last year. It is by God’s grace alone that I have become familiar but not complacent with the rite and catechesis of this vital sacrament of Initiation. One of the practices that I have noticed with more attention is the choice of a patron saint and accompanying Confirmation name. What I have noticed is that in this custom I can learn a little about the interests of the candidate for Confirmation simply by the name of the saint that they have chosen.

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Homily for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 7, 2022
St. Peter Catholic Church
Lindsay, TX

Wisdom 18:6-9
Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22
Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
Matthew 12:32-48

The Letter to the Hebrews tells us that faith is confident assurance that our hopes will be answered and conviction about the things we do not see. We do not hope for what we see; faith is a not a matter of mathematical certainty nor is it a command for us to become gullible or naive. We have hope because God, who can do all things and who knows and loves us completely, has promised to be with us always in His love. Faith is believing God and in God’s promise, but we need someone to tell us about the promise.

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