Catholic Homilies

(by Fr Phil Bloom)

Disciple Makers Week 9: The Final Goal "The Trinity is also the goal. If you and I can grasp that, it will help us enormously. Let me illustrate..." (May 31, 2015 - Trinity Sunday)

Disciple Makers Week 8: Holy Spirit Makes It Possible "When Hitler began his attacks against European Jews, Pope Pius XI declared that we Christians are "spiritual Semites." The Nazis were anti-Semites. You and I are Semites..." (May 24, 2015 - Pentecost Sunday)

Disciple Makers Week 7: Be Part of the Story "She hardly has the stunning beauty of Arwen or courage of Eowyn. But for me the Lord of the Ring would not be the same without Rosie Cotten..." (May 17, 2015 - Ascension of the Lord)

Disciple Makers Week 6: Assurance & Requirement "It is difficult to talk about commandments. But there's one commandment that young people recognize. This is going to surprise some parents..." (May 10, 2015 - Sixth Sunday of Easter)

Disciple Makers Week 5: All We Can Ask "And you know something else? St. Paul took up collections!..." (May 3, 2015 - Fifth Sunday of Easter)

Disciple Makers Week 4: Smell of the Sheep & Smile of a Father "There is a good and healthy tiredness. It is the exhaustion of the priest who wears the smell of the sheep..." (April 26, 2015 - Fourth Sunday of Easter)

Disciple Makers Week 3: Try Prayer "Prayer is the essential step to becoming a disciple. If you've never done it, why don't you try today?..." (April 19, 2015 - Third Sunday of Easter)

Disciple Makers Week 2: Receiving Mercy "St. Faustina received Divine Mercy revelations at Lagiewniki - about an hour distant from Auschwitz: arguably the most merciless place in human history..." (April 12, 2015 - Second Sunday of Easter - Divine Mercy Sunday)

Disciple Makers Week 1: Totally Fixable "A journalist tracked down survivors of suicide attempts on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. He asked them what was going in their minds during the 4 seconds of that fall..." (April 5, 2015 - Easter Sunday)

Homilies for Triduum 2015:

Holy Thursday
Good Friday
Easter Sunday

New Mind and Heart Week 6 "If you are like me, you hate waste. I take home food from funeral buffets. I pick up pennies..." (March 29, 2015 - Palm Sunday)

New Mind and Heart Week 5 "It's not easy to die. C.S. Lewis tells about a young man who falls into hell because of his attachment to a lizard that perches on his shoulder. The lizard whispers in the boy's ear and gives him pleasure..." (March 22, 2015 - Fifth Sunday of Lent)

New Mind and Heart Week 4 "The devil has bitten all of us. Wounds of envy, anger, lust and spiritual boredom - those wounds fester and can lead to death. We have only one remedy - the cross..." (March 15, 2015 - Fourth Sunday of Lent)

New Mind and Heart Week 3 "I have a lot of sympathy with an honest atheist - with someone who rejects God not because he wants to do his own thing, but because he feels God-forsaken. I ask him..." (March 8, 2015 - Third Sunday of Lent)

New Mind and Heart Week 2 "Unless you are a dermatologist, when you look at a face, you want more than what science can provide..." (March 1, 2015 - Second Sunday of Lent)

New Mind and Heart Week 1 "Wild beasts represent not only the dangers that surround us, but also dangers within. We humans do sometimes act like animals..." (February 22, 2015 - First Sunday of Lent)

New Mind and Heart "As a symbol of repentance, you will receive a cross of ashes on your forehead. And what is repentance? In his book, A Lenten Journey, Archbishop Sartain defines repentance..." (February 18, 2015 - Ash Wednesday)

Jesus' Authority Week 3 "A guy can consider himself compassionate and generous, but the people he lives with tell a different story. Like the first stages of leprosy, it's difficult to see personal faults..." (February 15, 2015 - Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Jesus' Authority Week 2 "Even during Mass I was thinking about how I was going to respond to him. A fever gripped me, but hardly the kind described in a popular song!..." (February 8, 2015 - Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Jesus' Authority Week 1 "Acknowledging one's sin and accepting Jesus' mercy are huge. In some ways they seem like everything. Still there is more..." (February 1, 2015 - Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

A Scientist Who Renewed His Baptism "Steno - a man who investigated the mysteries of the created world - shows the fruitfulness of an adult renewal of baptism..." (January 11, 2015 - Baptism of the Lord)

Two Uses of Science "In the attitudes of Herod and the Magi we can see that science is neither good nor bad in itself. It all depends on how a person uses it. Science has given us Zyklon B, napalm and the atom bomb. It has also given us kidney transplant surgery, MRI's and pasteurized milk..." (January 4, 2015 - Epiphany of the Lord)

The Battle for Our Young People's Hearts " We are in a battle, but we fight not by attacking today's Epicureans. No, it is a spiritual battle. We fight as Mary did by contemplation, especially before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. And we fight as Aaron did - by blessing others..." (January 1, 2015 - New Year's Day - Mary Mother of God)

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