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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.

9:15 AM 4/21/2018 [OF] The Third Saturday of Easter; or, the Memorial of Saint Anselm, Bishop & Doctor of the Church. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Anselm, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor of the Church. Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus.

8:28 PM 4/19/2018 [OF] The Third Thursday of Easter. [EF] The Second Thursday after Easter. The Blessed Times in Which We Live.

9:07 AM 4/15/2018 [OF] The Third Sunday of Easter. [EF] The Second Sunday after Easter, known as Good Shepherd Sunday. The Eucharist Is Not a Sign or Symbol.

6:31 AM 4/13/2018 [OF] The Second Friday of Easter; or, the Memorial of Saint Martin I, Pope & Martyr. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Hermenegild, Martyr. God Helps Those Who Help Themselves.

7:13 AM 4/12/2018 [OF] The Second Thursday of Easter. [EF] The First Thursday after Easter. The Fine Line Between Fear and Faith.

4:22 PM 4/9/2018 [OF] The Solemnity of the Annunication of the Lord. [EF] The First Class Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Be Not Afraid.

7:09 AM 4/8/2018 [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. Why Was I not Made of Stone Like Thee?

9:20 AM 4/7/2018 [OF] & [EF] Easter Saturday. What We Have Seen and Heard.

6:24 AM 4/5/2018 [OF] & [EF] Easter Thursday. Neither the Resurrection nor the Eucharist Is a Metaphor.

7:02 AM 4/1/2018 [OF] & [EF] Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord. No One Is Truly Alone.

6:40 PM 3/30/2018 [OF] Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday). [EF] The First Class Feria of Good Friday. How to Get to Heaven.

6:27 AM 3/26/2018 [OF] & [EF] Holy Monday. Activism the Enemy of Salvation.

2:38 PM 3/25/2018 [OF] Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. [EF] The Second Sunday of the Passion or Palm Sunday. Maybe We're Not as Bad as We Think We Are.

6:35 AM 3/24/2018 [OF] The Sixth Saturday of Lent. [EF] Passion Saturday; and, the Commemoration of Saint Gabriel, Archangel. Jesus Didn't Die for "Us"; He Died for "You."

7:01 AM 3/22/2018 [OF] The Sixth Thursday of Lent. [EF] Passion Thursday. Sticking to the Script.

6:37 AM 3/19/2018 [OF] The Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. [EF] The First Class Feast of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Confessor; and, the Commemoration of Passion Monday. Manliness Redefined.

7:27 AM 3/18/2018 [OF] The Fifth Sunday of Lent. [EF] The First Sunday of the Passion. This Preview Has Been Approved for All Audiences.

6:18 AM 3/17/2018 [OF] The Fifth Saturday of Lent; and, the Commemoration of Saint Patrick, Bishop. [EF] The Fifth Saturday of Lent; and, the Commemoration of Saint Patrick, Bishop & Confessor. The Only Adult in the Room.

6:48 AM 3/16/2018 [OF] & [EF] The Fifth Friday of Lent. The Slow Germination of the Seeds of Kindness.

9:13 AM 3/15/2018 [OF] & [EF] The Fifth Thursday of Lent. The Eternal Link Between the Altar and the Confessional.

10:25 AM 3/14/2018 [OF] & [EF] The Fifth Wednesday of Lent. The Lord Comforts His People and Shows Mercy to His Afflicted.

6:37 AM 3/12/2018 [OF] & [EF] The Fourth Monday of Lent. It's Not the Years, It's the Mileage.

6:41 AM 3/11/2018 [OF] & [EF] The Fourth Sunday of Lent, known as Lætáre Sunday. "Snakes! Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?" (Indiana Jones).

2:38 PM 3/10/2018 [OF] The Fourth Saturday of Lent. [EF] The Fourth Saturday of Lent; and, the Commemoration of the Forty Holy Martyrs. Don't Make God a Liar.

6:54 AM 3/8/2018 [OF] The Fourth Thursday of Lent; and, the Commemoration of Saint John of God, Religious. [EF] The Fourth Thursday of Lent; and, the Commemoration of Saint John of God, Confessor. Silence Is Not Always Golden.

9:34 AM 3/5/2018 [OF] & [EF] The Third Monday of Lent. Not Will-Power, but Surrender.

8:01 AM 3/4/2018 [OF] & [EF] The Third Sunday of Lent. There's Nothing Wrong with Taking Up a Collection.

7:11 AM 3/3/2018 [OF] The Third Saturday of Lent; and, the Commemoration of Saint Katharine Drexel, Virgin. [EF] The Third Saturday of Lent. Can We Forgive Without Collecting Our Pound of Flesh?

12:24 PM 3/2/2018 [OF] & [EF] The Third Friday of Lent. Tending the Vineyard of Our Souls.

6:41 AM 3/1/2018 [OF] & [EF] The Third Thursday of Lent. The Man with No Name.

7:13 AM 2/26/2018 [OF] & [EF] The Second Monday of Lent. Don't Be Afraid to Blush.

7:58 AM 2/25/2018 [OF] & [EF] The Second Sunday of Lent. Our One Purpose for Being on This Earth.

6:57 AM 2/22/2018 [OF] The Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle. [EF] The Second Class Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter; and, the Commemoration of Saint Paul, Apostle. Not "Who Is Jesus to Me?" but "Who Am I to Jesus?"

6:42 AM 2/18/2018 [OF] & [EF] The First Sunday of Lent. The Leaven of Malice in the Bread of Our Souls.

6:04 AM 2/17/2018 [OF] The First Saturday of Lent; and, the Commemoration of the Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order. [EF] The First Saturday of Lent. Our Lord Will Meet Us Half-Way; We Just Can't Stay There.

11:00 AM 2/16/2018 [OF] & [EF] The First Friday of Lent. Not a Therapist, but a Savior.

7:05 AM 2/15/2018 [OF] & [EF] The First Thursday of Lent. Nulla Dies sine Cruce!

5:17 AM 2/14/2018 [OF] & [EF] The First Day of Lent, known as Ash Wednesday. Angels with Dirty Faces.

7:05 AM 2/11/2018 [OF] The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time. [EF] Quinquagesima Sunday. As Long as You Have Your Health … and a Full Head of Hair.

8:49 AM 2/8/2018 [OF] The Fifth Thursday of Ordinary Time; the memorial of Saint Jerome Emiliani; or, the Memorial of Saint Josephine Bakhita, Virgin. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint John of Matha, Confessor. How Deep Is the Mine of God's Wisdom.

8:28 AM 2/4/2018 [OF] The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time. [EF] Sexagesima Sunday. The Parting of Friends, Part Two.

8:12 AM 2/3/2018 [OF] The Fourth Saturday of Ordinary Time; the Memorial of Saint Blaise, Bishop & Martyr; the Memorial of Saint Ansgar, Bishop; or, the Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary. [EF] Septuagesima Saturday; and, the Commemoration of Saint Blaise, Bishop & Martyr. I Do Not Recommend the Fish.

7:04 AM 2/2/2018 [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.

7:38 AM 1/31/2018 [OF] The Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint John Bosco, Confessor. Don't Put the Cart Before the Horse.

8:15 AM 1/28/2018 [OF] The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time. [EF] Septuagesima Sunday. The Parting of Friends, Part One.

9:05 AM 1/24/2018 [OF] The Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop & Doctor of the Church. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Timothy, Bishop & Martyr. The Gasoline of Grace, Part Two.

8:29 AM 1/21/2018 [OF] The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time. [EF] The Third Sunday after Epiphany. Dressing the Windows.

8:02 AM 1/14/2018 [OF] The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time. [EF] The Second Sunday after Epiphany. How to Listen to God.

9:22 AM 1/12/2018 [OF] The First Friday of Ordinary Time. [EF] The First Friday after Epiphany. When God Says, "No."

6:55 AM 1/11/2018 [OF] The First Thursday of Ordinary Time. [EF] The First Thursday after Epiphany; and, the Commemoration of Saint Hyginus, Pope & Martyr. Can You Keep a Secret?

8:30 AM 1/7/2018 [OF] The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. [EF] The First Sunday after the Epiphany: the Second Class Feast of the Holy Family. The Poor Man's Epiphany, Part Two: Our Own Star to Follow.

8:27 AM 1/3/2017 [OF] The Second Day after the Octave of the Nativity; or, the Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. [EF] The Second Day after the Circumcision. At the Name of Jesus, Every Knee Should Bend.

8:30 AM 1/1/2018 [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.

8:18 AM 12/31/2017 [OF] The Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord: the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph. [EF] The Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity of Our Lord. When Love Hurts.

8:02 AM 12/30/2017 [OF] & [EF] The Sixth Day of Christmas. The Sound of Silence.

7:25 AM 12/29/2017 [OF] & [EF] The Fifth Day of Christmas; and, the Commemoration of Saint Thomas Becket, Bishop & Martyr. How to Recognize God.

7:38 AM 12/28/2017 [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?

7:46 AM 12/27/2017 [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.

7:46 AM 12/25/2017 [OF] & [EF] The Nativity of Our Lord, God & Savior, Jesus Christ. The Real Christmas Tree.

7:53 AM 12/24/2017 [OF] The Eighth Day of the Greater Antiphons; and, the Fourth Sunday of Advent. [EF] The Vigil Day of the Nativity of Our Lord. Sometimes, You Just Have to Close Your Eyes and Jump.

8:26 AM 12/21/2017 [OF] The Fifth Day of the Greater Antiphons; and, the Commemoration of Saint Peter Canisius, Priest & Doctor of the Church. [EF] The Second Class Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle; and, the Commemoration of the Fifth Day of the Greater Antiphons. Let's Not Go to Hell.

8:04 AM 12/20/2017 [OF] The Fourth Day of the Greater Antiphons. [EF] The Fourth Day of the Greater Antiphons; and, Ember Wednesday of Advent. Be Not Afraid.

9:05 AM 12/18/2017 [OF] & [EF] The Second Day of the Greater Antiphons. Be a Man!

7:50 AM 12/17/2017 [OF] & [EF] The First Day of the Greater Antiphons; and, the Third Sunday of Advent, known as Gaudete Sunday. A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

9:07 AM 12/14/2017 [OF] The Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest & Doctor of the Church. [EF] The Second Thursday of Advent. Hand-Wringing is Never an Appropriate Posture for Prayer.

8:17 AM 12/13/2017 [OF] The Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin & Martyr. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Lucy, Virgin & Martyr; and, the Commemoration of the Second Wednesday of Advent. The Gasoline of Grace.

10:53 PM 12/12/2017 [OF] The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. [EF] The Second Tuesday of Advent. I Have the Need … the Need for Speed.

8:14 AM 12/11/2017 [OF] The Second Monday of Advent; or, the Memorial of Saint Damasus I, Pope. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Damasus, Pope & Confessor; and, the Commemoration of the Second Monday of Advent. God Is Not a Vending Machine.

7:53 AM 12/10/2017 [OF] & [EF] The Second Sunday of Advent. All So Transitory…

7:49 AM 12/9/2017 [OF] The First Saturday of Advent; or, the Memorial of Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. [EF] The First Saturday of Advent. Hurry Up and Wait.

8:10 AM 12/8/2017 [OF] The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. [EF] The First Class Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary; and, the Commemoration of the First Friday of Advent. Where is That in the Bible? Try Starting at the First Page, and Go from There.

9:37 AM 12/6/2017 [OF] The First Wednesday of Advent; or, the Memorial of Saint Nicholas, Bishop. [EF] The Third Class Feast of Saint Nicholas, Bishop & Confessor; and, the Commemoration of the Second Tuesday of Advent. A Teacher of Moderation, a Model of Faith, and an Example of Virtue.

8:04 AM 12/4/2017 [OF] The First Monday 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 Monday of Advent; and, the Commemoration of Saint Barbara, Virgin & Martyr. The Harder the Nut, the Bigger the Nut Cracker.

7:10 AM 12/3/2017 [OF] & [EF] The First Sunday of Advent. His Judgment is Without Malice.

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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