Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Memorial of Saint Dominic – Mass for the Convocation of Teachers of the Schools of the Diocese of Fort Worth

August 8, 2022
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
Keller, Texas

1 Corinthians 2:1-10a
Psalm 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a,10
Luke 9:57-62

In our first reading today, Saint Paul writes to the Church in Corinth, “Yet we do speak a wisdom to those who are mature, but not a wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age who are passing away.” In a recent editorial published in the Los Angeles Times, the author puts forth the position that there “is an inverse relationship between a society’s religiosity and its measurable well-being.” The author continued, “Places like Japan (with no history of Christianity) and Scandinavia (historically Christian but predominantly nonreligious today) take better care of their elderly and have lower murder and poverty rates than the United States of America.”  

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Homily for the Memorial of Saint Clare of Assisi; Mass for the Convocation of Teachers of the Schools of the Diocese of Fort Worth

August 11, 2021
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
Keller, Texas

Philippians 3:8-14
Psalm 16:1b-2a, 5, 7-8, 11
Matthew 19:27-29

“I consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having any righteousness of my own based on the law but that which comes through faith in Christ.” These words of Saint Paul written by him to the Philippians almost two thousand years ago as both a witness and an admonition of his brothers and sisters in the Church at Philippi, are offered to us by the Liturgy of the Church for our meditation as we celebrate this Eucharist on the Memorial of Saint Clare and at the beginning of our convocation of our priests, administrators, and teachers in our apostolate of Catholic education in the Diocese of Fort Worth.

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