Catholic Homilies

(by Fr Phil Bloom)

Life in Christ Week 8: Source of Power "How can you and I tap into that power? Let me suggest one way: Pay attention to the peaks and valleys..." (June 4, 2017 - Pentecost Sunday)

Life in Christ Week 7: Mission "Jesus does not give heaven on earth; he gives a mission..." (May 28, 2017 - Ascension of Jesus)

Life in Christ Week 6: Ask "I remember once facing financial difficulties. It seemed like my parish was sinking and me with it...." (May 21, 2017 - Sixth Sunday of Easter)

Life in Christ Week 5: Give Thanks to the Lord "a Jewish prayer called Dayenu which means, 'It would be sufficient.' I've been thinking about that prayer in relation to the death of my Peruvian godson..." (May 14, 2017 - Fifth Sunday of Easter)

Life in Christ Week 4: Gratitude "Archbishop Sartain tells a humorous story about how much we have received and how little gratitude we have..." (May 7, 2017 - Fourth Sunday of Easter)

Life in Christ Week 3: Walk with Jesus "Word and Sacrament; the Bible and the Mass - both are essential to our walk with Jesus. And the Gospel shows another detail..." (April 30, 2017 - Third Sunday of Easter)

Life in Christ Week 2: Take the Plunge "This Sunday I offer...a Bible study appropriately titled, 'Take the Plunge!"' It will give you a method for using the Bible to pray and for understanding the original meaning - the text in context..." (April 23, 2017 - Divine Mercy Sunday)

Life in Christ Week 1: His Will is Our Peace "Life in Christ involves obedience, that is, listening to God, embracing his will. An Italian poet helped me understand this...." (April 16, 2017 - Easter Sunday)

Three Responses to Innocent Suffering "To this suffering there are three responses: One, to turn it off, to shut it out and say there is nothing I can do. A second response is guilt: Why do I...." (April 14, 2017 - Good Friday)

Testimony from Bishop-Elect Mueggenborg "Bishop-elect Daniel Mueggenborg said he felt reluctant to serve the Mass, but finally accepted. It turned out that the priest saying the Mass was Fr. Stanley Rother, also a native of Okarche a small town in central Oklahoma...." (April 13, 2017 - Holy Thursday)

Best Lent Ever Week 6: Thy Will Be Done "What does it mean to do the will of the Father? For each of us, it will mean something different. A famous story illustrates that..." (April 9, 2017 - Palm Sunday)

Best Lent Ever Week 5: If You Died Today "Matthew Kelly interviewed hospice nurses concerning what dying people talk about. He lists 24 things they say they would have done differently. I'll let you read them all, but three stood out..." (April 2, 2017 - Fifth Sunday of Lent)

Best Lent Ever Week 4: Become a Continuous Learner "A good book merits re-reading. Books that I value I have read 3 or 4 times - and one book I have read dozens of times..." (March 26, 2017 - Fourth Sunday of Lent)

Best Lent Ever Week 3: A Good Listener "As Matthew Kelly observes in Resisting Happiness, 'Most people think they are good listeners...But compared to what?'" (March 19, 2017 - Third Sunday of Lent)

Best Lent Ever Week 2: Create Life-Giving Habits "These destructive habits we can overcome by replacing them with life-changing habits. And where's the best place to start?..." (March 12, 2017 - Second Sunday of Lent)

Best Lent Ever Week 1: Prayer Changes Everything "I've noticed that when I sit down to pray, certain thoughts will flood my mind. I remember what I have in the refrigerator and how good a grilled cheese sandwich would taste. Or I start thinking about..." (March 5, 2017 - First Sunday of Lent)

Best Lent Ever: Even Now "Take a small step. Surprising as it sounds, you may have never really prayed. A study showed..." (March 1, 2017 - Ash Wednesday)

Hidden Wisdom Week 5 - Do Not Worry "I'm not responsible for the pope or the president.* I have to admit, I do enjoy judging him and other politicians, but maybe I need to listen to Paul..." (February 26, 2017 - Eighth Ordinary Sunday)

Hidden Wisdom Week 4 - Be Perfect "How do people typically look at each other? Well, you already know: we divide into factions and we look at the other side as if they were idiots. I've used the word, haven't you?..." (February 19, 2017 - Seventh Ordinary Sunday)

Hidden Wisdom Week 3- About Adultery, Murder & Perjury "Jesus is telling us that, contrary to what many think, lust, anger and equivocation have serious consequences. These failings are difficult to avoid, but there is a remedy..." (February 12, 2017 - Sixth Ordinary Sunday)

Hidden Wisdom Week 2- Salt and Light "You and I may not have such dramatic moments to be salt and light. But even in our abundant society we encounter the abandoned and lost - perhaps in our own families..." (February 5, 2017 - Fifth Ordinary Sunday)

Hidden Wisdom Week 1- Beatitudes "We see that hidden wisdom in today's Gospel - the Beatitudes. We've heard them so often that they tend to have a soothing quality but really they should jar us. Jesus describes things that people naturally avoid: poverty, loss of loved ones, sexual abstinence, insults, getting put down with no way of getting back.." (January 29, 2017 - Fourth Ordinary Sunday)

They Left their Boat and their Father "Why wait? Studies show that when a man and woman have made a basic commitment of their lives, they gain little and can lose a lot by waiting..." (January 22, 2017 - Third Ordinary Sunday)

Meaning of Gifts of Magi "the second century writer, Irenaeus of Lyon, gives the most likely interpretation: the gifts signify..." (January 8, 2017 - Epiphany Sunday)

How to Bless Your Children "'As we begin the New Year, I ask you to make this resolution: Bless those who are close to you. At first it may be awkward..." (January 1, 2017 - New Years Homily)

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