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Homiles may be based on the Lectionaries of three different Liturgical Traditions, identified by the following legend:

[OF] = The Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
[EF] = The Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
[RR] = The Ruthenian Recension of the Byzantine Rite.

7:20 PM 5/3/2020 [OF] The Fourth Sunday of Easter. [EF] The Third Sunday after Easter. The Good Shepherd is Only as Good as the Sheep He Leads.

5:21 PM 4/26/2020 [OF] The Third Sunday of Easter. [EF] The Second Sunday after Easter. The Whisper of a Gentle Breeze.

6:28 PM 4/19/2020 [OF] The Second Sunday of Easter (the Sunday of Divine Mercy). [EF] The Octave Day of Easter; Low Sunday; the Sunday in Albis; or, Quasimodo Sunday. [RR] Thomas Sunday. Why Was I not Made of Stone Like Thee?

6:45 PM 4/12/2020 [OF] & [EF] Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord. [RR] Pascha. No One is Truly Alone.

5:43 PM 3/1/2020 [OF] & [EF] The First Sunday of Lent. The Leaven of Malice in the Bread of Our Souls.

6:23 PM 2/27/2020 [OF] & [EF] The First Thursday of Lent. Nulla Dies sine Cruce!

10:56 AM 2/26/2020 [OF] & [EF] The First Day of Lent, known as Ash Wednesday. The True Measure of Our Penance.

6:34 PM 2/23/2020 [OF] The Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time. [EF] Quinquagesima Sunday. A Bitter Pill to Swallow.

10:12 AM 2/19/2020 [OF] The Sixth Wednesday of Ordinary Time. [EF] Sexagesima Wednesday. You See Everything, but You Notice Nothing.

4:39 PM 2/18/2020 [OF] The Sixth Tuesday of Ordinary Time. [EF] Sexagesima Tuesday; and, the Commemoration of Saint Simeon, Bishop & Martyr. The Leaven of the Pharisees.

7:13 PM 2/16/2020 [OF] The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time. [EF] Sexagesima Sunday. …to Avoid the Near Occasions of Sin.

7:00 PM 2/10/2020 [OF] The Memorial of Saint Scholastica, Virgin. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Scholastica, Virgin. Living Temples of God.

7:02 PM 2/9/2020 [OF] The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time. [EF] Septuagesima Sunday. Let God Do It.

8:44 AM 2/5/2020 [OF] The Memorial of Saint Agatha, Virgin & Martyr. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Agatha, Virgin & Martyr. The Act of Faith Must Come First.

7:17 PM 2/4/2020 [OF] The Fourth Tuesday of Ordinary Time. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Andrew Corsini, Bishop & Confessor. Thou Hast Made Us for Thyself, O Lord, and Our Hearts Are Restless until They Rest in Thee.

10:06 PM 2/3/2020 [OF] The Fourth Monday of Ordinary Time; the Memorial of Saint Blaise, Bishop & Martyr; or, the Memorial of Saint Ansgar, Bishop. [EF] The Fourth Monday after Pentecost; and, the Commemoration of Saint Blaise, Bishop & Martyr. I Do Not Recommend the Fish.

12:17 PM 2/2/2020 [OF] The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. [EF] The Second Class Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. How to Recognize God When You See Him.

6:41 PM 1/19/2020 [OF] The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time. [EF] The Second Sunday after Epiphany. A Plurivalent and Divine Reality.

12:39 PM 1/18/2020 [OF] The First Saturday of Ordinary Time; or, the Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary. [EF] The Fourth Class Feria of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday; and, the Commemoration of Saint Prisca, Virgin & Martyr. Conversion Never Ends.

8:12 PM 1/17/2020 [OF] The Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Anthony, Abbot. Free Will Is a Two-Edged Sword.

8:08 PM 1/15/2020 [OF] The First Wednesday of Ordinary Time. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Paul, the First Hermit; and, the Commemoration of Saint Maurus, Abbot. The One Thing Necessary.

9:13 PM 1/14/2020 [OF] The First Tuesday of Ordinary Time. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Hilary, Bishop & Doctor of the Church; and, the Commemoration of Felix of Nola, Priest & Martyr. There Is Nothing More Threatening to an Uncertain Man than a Man Who Is Certain.

6:24 PM 1/12/2019 [OF] The First Sunday of Ordinary Time: the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. [EF] The First Sunday after Epiphany: the Second Class Feast of the Holy Family. If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him.

9:55 PM 1/11/2020 [OF] The Saturday after Epiphany. [EF] The Fourth Class Feria of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. He Must Increase; I Must Decrease.

9:23 PM 1/10/2020 [OF] The Friday after Epiphany. [EF] The Fourth Day after Epiphany. Can You Keep a Secret?

8:29 PM 1/9/2020 [OF] The Thursday after Epiphany. [EF] The Third Day after Epiphany. Keep Your Hands to Your Self.

6:29 AM 1/8/2020 [OF] The Wednesday after Epiphany. [EF] The Second Day after the Epiphany. Christ is Passing By.

8:31 PM 1/7/2019 [OF] The Tuesday after Epiphany; or, the Memorial of Saint Raymond of Penyafort, Priest. [EF] The First Day after the Epiphany. Love.

10:57 AM 1/6/2020 [OF] Monday after the Epiphany; or, the Memorial of Saint André Bessette, Religious. [EF] The First Class Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. Down to Business.

4:47 PM 1/5/2020 [OF] The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. [EF] The Sunday after the Octave Day of the Nativity: the Second Class Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. The Poor Man's Epiphany, Part Two: Our Own Star to Follow.

5:08 AM 1/1/2019 [OF] The Octave Day of the Nativity: the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. [EF] The Octave Day of the Nativity. The Poor Man’s Epiphany.

6:51 PM 12/29/2019 [OF] The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph. [EF] Sunday Within the Octave of the Nativity of Our Lord. Hate Your Family Sometimes? What You Need is Some Sawdust.

6:42 PM 12/28/2019 [OF] The Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs. [EF] The Second Class Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs; and, the Commemoration of the Fourth Day of Christmas. When Bad Things Happen to Good People; or, Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?

6:37 PM 12/27/2019 [OF] The Feast of Saint John, Apostle & Evangelist. [EF] The Second Class Feast of Saint John, Apostle & Evangelist; and, the Commemoration of the Third Day of Christmas. If You Did Nothing More, It Would Suffice.

6:35 PM 12/26/2019 [OF] The Feast of Saint Stephen, the First Martyr. [EF] The Second Class Feast of Saint Stephen, Protomartyr; and, the Commemoration of the Second Day of Christmas. Sanguis Martyrum Semen Christianorum.

7:36 PM 12/25/2019 [OF] [EF] [RR] The Nativity of Our Lord, God & Savior, Jesus Christ. From the Manger to the Cross.

6:07 PM 12/23/2019 [OF] & [EF] The Seventh Day of the Greater Antiphons. What's In a Name?

7:39 PM 12/20/2019 [OF] The Fourth Day of the Greater Antiphons. [EF] The Fourth Day of the Greater Antiphons; and Ember Friday of Advent. Be Not Afraid.

6:53 PM 12/19/2019 [OF] & [EF] The Third Day of the Greater Antiphons. I Never Said There Would Be No Math Questions.

6:33 PM 12/18/2019 [OF] The Second Day of the Greater Antiphons. [EF] The Second Day of the Greater Antiphons; and, Ember Wednesday of Advent. Be a Man!

6:31 PM 12/17/2019 [OF] & [EF] The First Day of the Greater Antiphons. Star Wars Theology and the Scandal of the Incarnation.

6:23 PM 12/15/2019 [OF] & [EF] The Third Sunday of Advent, known as Gaudete Sunday. In this World, There Are Only Heroes and Cowards.

6:11 PM 12/12/2019 [OF] The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. [EF] The Third Class Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Guadalupe; and, the Commemoration of the Second Wednesday of Advent. I Have the Need … the Need for Speed.

4:07 PM 12/10/2019 [OF] The Second Tuesday of Advent. [EF] The Second Tuesday of Advent; and, the Commemoration of Saint Melchiades, Pope & Martyr. Christ is the Good Shepherd, but Are We Good Sheep?

10:37 AM 12/9/2019 [OF] The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. [EF] The Second Monday of Advent. Where is That in the Bible? Try Starting at the First Page, and Go from There.

10:18 AM 12/8/2019 [OF] & [EF] The Second Sunday of Advent. Prepare the Way of the Lord.

10:06 AM 12/6/2019 [OF] The First Friday of Advent; or, the Memorial of Saint Nicholas, Bishop. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Nicholas, Bishop & Confessor; and, the Commemoration of the First Friday of Advent. A Teacher of Moderation, a Model of Faith, and an Example of Virtue.

10:00 AM 12/4/2019 [OF] The First Wednesday of Advent; or, the Memorial of Saint John Damascene, Priest & Doctor of the Church. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Peter Chrysologus, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor of the Church; the Commemoration of the First Wednesday of Advent; and, the Commemoration of Saint Barbara, Virgin & Martyr. Even Miracles Need Raw Materials.

8:26 AM 12/2/2019 [OF] The First Monday of Advent. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Bibiana, Virgin & Martyr; and, the Commemoration of the First Monday of Advent. The Harder the Nut, the Bigger the Nut Cracker.

7:13 AM 12/1/2019 [OF] & [EF] The First Sunday of Advent. Should You Ever Visit the Yale Club, Don't Mention My Name.

Archive of homilies from December 1st, 2018, through November 24th, 2019.

Archive of homilies from December 3rd, 2017, through October 6th, 2018.

Archive of homilies from November 27th, 2016, through December 2nd, 2017.

Archive of homilies from November 29th, 2015, through November 24th, 2016.

Archive of homilies from November 30th, 2014, through November 28th, 2015.

Archive of homilies from January 5th, 2014, through November 22nd, 2014.

Archive of homilies from January 7th, 2013, through December 29th, 2013.

Archive of homilies from January 2nd, 2012, through December 30th, 2012.

Archive of homilies from October 26th, 2006, through December 25th, 2011.



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