Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

May 30, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40
Psalm 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22
Romans 8:14-17
Matthew 28:16-20

Walker Percy, a doctor turned novelist and a Catholic convert, wrote what he called the last self-help book, and entitled it Lost in the Cosmos. In it he muses about us who spend huge amounts of money to attempt to communicate with animals and who spend even more money on equipment to attempt to communicate with extraterrestrial beings. Meanwhile, we spend little or no time communicating with God or with each other, even if we consider ourselves faithful believers. We might even ask if we have anything meaningful to say to one another. Our relationships with each other, not to mention God, are impoverished.

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Homily for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

June 7, 2020
Saint Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Exodus 34:4B-6,8-9
Psalm: Deuteronomy 3:52-56
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
John 3:16-18

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. How many times do we say that? It is one of the first things that our parents teach us when they are teaching us our prayers. We are frequently able to say and to do it without thinking much about what we are saying and what we are doing. Yet, we know somehow, as Catholics, that we are supposed to do it and that there is something important about praying with it and repeating it. We can either do it redundantly or repetitively.

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