Catholic Homilies 2006

(by Fr Phil Bloom)

Current Homilies

That Sacred Jest: "The story is told about a priest who spent weeks preparing his Christmas homily. By Christmas eve he had it carefully written out. But the priest was nervous and - as was his custom - he took a shot of whiskey to calm his nerves..." (Christmas Homily, December 25, 2006)

Only the Mother of Jesus?: "An insider's book on the presidency of George W. Bush illustrates the very limited role a mother has today. According to the book, Barbara Bush was quite concerned that her son would get involved in a war with Iraq...." (Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 24, 2006)

To Be a Happier Priest: "Today, on my 35th Anniversary, I am feeling enormous gratitude for the gift of the priesthood - and I am asking myself how to be a happier priest, so that I can serve you better. St. John gives one important way..." (Third Sunday of Advent, December 17, 2006)

The Affection of Christ Jesus: "The devil appears to have the winning side, but at a certain point, Screwtape admits to his nephew that their enemy (God) is not be underestimated. Almost in exasperation, Screwtape says: 'We must never forget what is the most repellent and inexplicable trait in our enemy; He really loves the hairless bipeds.'" (Second Sunday of Advent, December 10, 2006)

Under Her Motherly Care: "He saw the heavens open with Christ in the center and the Blessed Virgin Mary next to him. As St. Dominic looked around, he began to weep bitterly. The Lord asked him why he was so sad." (Feast of Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2006)

Patience: "Tertullian wrote wonderfully about patience, but he himself had a terrible time practicing the virtue. Toward the end of his life, he grew impatient with the human weakness of the Church and he joined a charismatic sect..." (First Sunday of Advent, December 3, 2006)

I Am the Alpha and the Omega: "She looked at her dad and said, 'you don't treat me like a daughter. You treat me like a pet. I am not your pet.' The man was so stunned he did something he had not done in a long time. He prayed..." (Christ the King Sunday, November 26, 2006)

Thanksgiving and Salvation: "On this Thanksgiving Day, I would like to take a closer look at that process of salvation. From our Scripture readings we can see that salvation has two parts. The first part, we can say, is gold; the second part is silver..." (Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2006)

God's Election and Human Choice: "A few years back Princess Anne of England visited the Smithsonian Museum. As part of her tour, Astronaut Neil Armstrong showed her a space suit used for the moon landing..." (Thirty-Third Ordinary Sunday, November 19, 2006)

God Gives It All: "I want to begin by putting your minds at ease. I am not going to ask you to tithe..." (Thirty-Second Ordinary Sunday, November 12, 2006)

Men Have Forgotten God: "For many people removing God is a vital step to a bright future, especially as we embark on a new revolution based on biological engineering. Others - including Solzhenitsyn - are not convinced the future is so bright..." (Thirty-First Ordinary Sunday, November 5, 2006)

Get Yourself in Trouble: "The first step might surprise you, but I want you to think about it. The first step toward finding God is to get yourself in trouble. As Peggy Noonan notes, that is not so hard..." (Thirtieth Ordinary Sunday, October 29, 2006)

Vaulting Ambition: "Saints Behaving Badly tells about some unlikely characters who became canonized saints. One was a man named Hippolytus...Things came to a head when Pope Zephyrinus died in 217 A.D. Hippolytus considered himself the logical candidate for pope, but you can probably guess who was elected instead of him." (Twenty-Ninth Ordinary Sunday, October 22, 2006)

Prudence: "Jesus teaches the deeper meaning of prudence: not just being cautious to avoid dangers, but being ready to sacrifice everything to gain eternal life..." (Twenty-Eighth Ordinary Sunday, October 15, 2006)

What God Has Joined: "Because this teaching (the indissolubility of marriage) is so hard to live, it has been the subject of much confusion. I would like to clear up three common misunderstandings..." (Twenty-Seventh Ordinary Sunday, October 8, 2006)

Whoever Is Not Against Us: "Whoever is not against us is for us. We saw that approach lived out in a remarkable way by an Italian religious sister. Her name was Sister Leonella Sgorbati..." (Twenty-Sixth Ordinary Sunday, October 1, 2006)

The Desire for Wealth: "Time magazine recently had a cover story titled, Does God want you to be wealthy? Today?s readings give the answer. ..." (Twenty-Fifth Ordinary Sunday, September 24, 2006)

The One Way to Happiness: "The man in the middle had this sign above his head: Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews. Fidus realized he was standing before the boy he had met many years before..." (Twenty-fourth Ordinary Sunday, September 17, 2006)

A Man Who Heard the Lord: "Tom told her he had started going to daily Mass during his lunch hour because he felt God was calling him to something. He didn?t know what it was, but said that it would affect many people and it had something to do with the White House..." (Twenty-third Ordinary Sunday, September 10, 2006)

Virtue: "Either we strive for excellence, that is for God - or we wind up spiraling downward. We have to make a choice: heaven or hell. There is no middle ground called Okay or Good Enough..." (Twenty-second Ordinary Sunday, September 3, 2006)

A Defining Moment: "Finally a young man named James Madison stood up and stated the obvious: You cannot form a nation based on each one defending their own turf..." (Twenty-first Ordinary Sunday, August 27, 2006)

What is a Body?: "You might hear someone say that the embryo does not look like a human body - no arms, legs and eyes. Well, the Host at Mass does not have arms, legs and eyes - but it is the Body of Christ." (Twentieth Ordinary Sunday, August 20, 2006)

Not Despair, But Repair: "He thought his life was a failure and he only wanted to sleep, to lose consciousness and die." (Nineteenth Ordinary Sunday, August 13, 2006)

The Son of Man: "Politically, he was the most powerful man in the world, yet he used a humble title. That is the case with Jesus, only in an incalculably greater sense." (Feast of The Transfiguration, August 6, 2006)

Some Left Over: "Scientists estimate we currently have anywhere from two million, up to a hundred million species - and even that enormous quantity represents less than a single percent of the species in earth's history." (Seventeenth Ordinary Sunday, July 30, 2006)

Come Away: "St. John Vianney spent hours before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. When people asked him what he was doing, he said, 'I look at Him and He looks at me.'" (Sixteenth Ordinary Sunday, July 23, 2006)

No Money in Their Belts: "Ken Lay enjoyed many luxuries, but like everyone else, he could not take his money with him. At the same time thousands will say, 'Ken Lay took my money with him.'" (Fifteenth Ordinary Sunday, July 16, 2006)

How Jesus Handled a Put Down: "The Navarre Bible translates the word 'carpenter' as 'craftsman.' Jesus probably did not build homes. He was a craftsman, a person who works in a shop joining wood together to make stools or tables." (Fourteenth Ordinary Sunday, July 9, 2006)

When God Seems Distant: "George MacDonald said: 'As cold as everything looks in winter, the sun has not forsaken us. He has only drawn away for a little...that we may learn that we cannot do without him.'" (Thirteenth Ordinary Sunday, July 2, 2006)

Out of the Storm: Pope Benedict stood before the site of the most apalling storm in human history. In visiting the concentration camp of Auschwitz, the Holy Father responded in a manner similar to Job: "In a place like this, words fail. In the end, there can only be a dread silence." (Twelfth Ordinary Sunday, June 25, 2006)

Language of the Body: "In response to those who would make the union of two men or two women equal to the union of a man and woman, we have naturally focused on procreation and child-rearing. That is clearly true, but there is something deeper: the language of the body." (Corpus Christi, Body & Blood of Christ, June 18, 2006)

Back to the Basics: "We need to know the foundation for God's love, why he loves us and how we participate in that love. This Sunday we return to basics..." (Trinity Sunday, June 11, 2006)

He Testifies to the Truth: "People seem ready to believe almost anything about Jesus - except what he said. A few years ago a high school English teacher wrote a novel based on the premise that Jesus was an ordinary guy who had a girl friend and that together they had a daughter from whom descended a line of French royalty. ..." (Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2006)

Whoever Believes and is Baptized: "Early Christian writers attest to the necessity of baptism for salvation. An ancient document called The Shepherd of Hermas states..." (Ascension of the Lord, May 28, 2006)

In This Is Love: "In his first encyclical (Deus Charitas Est, God is Love), Pope Benedict goes a long way toward recovering the meaning of love. The encyclical contains three somewhat surprising moves." (Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 21, 2006)

Dependence and Freedom: "Before her husband achieved sobriety, he was like one more child. Now she had to step back and let him take more responsibility for the family. Al-Anon helped her greatly. She discovered her own true freedom in relation to a husband who was becoming more responsible." (Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 14, 2006)

The Leaders We Deserve: "Bishop Sheen once addressed the increased corruption in American society. He compared the corruption to the foam we see on the surface of a liquid. What we often don't notice is that the foam is the result of thousands of tiny bubbles deeper down." (Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 7, 2006)

Is Life Worth Living?: For the Gnostics, Judas was not a traitor, but a hero because he hastened Jesus' death. The Gospel of Judas portrays Jesus saying to Judas, "But you will exceed all of them for you will sacrifice the man that clothes me." (Third Sunday of Easter, April 30 2006)

Mercy in Action: "It was not Karl Marx who invented the principle: 'from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.'" (Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23 2006)

Peering into the Tomb: "For Malcolm Muggeridge that 'one last look at the coast' was like staring into the empty tomb. He began to ask himself the most important questions: Could the claims about Jesus really be true? ." (Easter Sunday, April 16 2006)

The Hour of Divine Mercy: "Picking up his little son, Gilberto, he embraced him. His wife Elvira, who was pregnant with their second child, he enveloped in his arms and gave a final kiss. Then he walked to the main square of Arandas and asked the general to allow him to take the place of his brother." (Good Friday, April 14 2006)

A New Friend at the Banquet: "He also helped found a group dedicated to all night adoration of Christ, present in the Blessed Sacrament. One might think that such a young man would become a priest, but he realized that his vocation was marriage." (Holy Thursday, April 13 2006)

Body and Blood: "Most of us reacted in horror to the murder of six young people here in Seattle. For many it revealed a world they did not know existed where teenage girls and adult men are together in all night parties, often with alcohol and drugs. During the week they use the Internet to post provocative messages and pictures of themselves which anyone can access." (Palm (Passion) Sunday, April 9 2006)

Your Judgment on the World: Sin often hides behind a smoke screen. Destroying ones tiny child is called "reproductive freedom." Numbing ones senses and breaking another person's heart is called "partying." (Fifth Sunday of Lent, April 2, 2006)

A Passion Which Transforms: One of our neighboring churches had this message on their billboard: "God so loved the world that he did not send a committee." (Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 26, 2006)

Focus Your Anger: A Catholic psychiatrist once told me, "Anger is a good emotion. Use it." Focusing anger is something like the Grand Coulee Dam. (Third Sunday of Lent, March 19, 2006)

Trust: "A while back I was curious to find out which person in the Old Testament was mentioned most often in the Catechism. I thought it would be Moses..." (Second Sunday of Lent, March 12, 2006)

Sir, Go on the Other Side: "On this First Sunday of Lent, I want to tell you about the conversion of a scientist named Niels Stensen. You may not have heard about him, but after I tell you his story I think you will agree that he deserves to be better known." (First Sunday of Lent, March 5, 2006)

Back to the Basics: "Our culture has so much guilt around food that I am afraid of adding to that guilt, making you feel bad about eating a Big Mac or a plate of linguini. We should certainly enjoy food and the conviviality that often accompanies a good meal. Nevertheless we also must find a place for fasting." (Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2006)

The Days of Her Youth: "In the New Testament you will find at least thirty-four examples of kneeling in prayer, including of course Our Lord himself. By no means is kneeling limited to prayer of repentance, but includes petition, gratitude, intense worship and even one example of kneeling during an emotional departure ceremony. " (Eighth Ordinary Sunday, February 26, 2006)

Forgiveness of Sins and Communion: "A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession." On reading this, one will naturally ask: What is a grave sin? (Seventh Ordinary Sunday, February 19, 2006)

He Touched the Leper: "An early Christian writer named Gregory of Nazianzus described leprosy in vivid terms." (Sixth Ordinary Sunday, February 12, 2006)

Eros and Agape: "Pope Benedict explains the difference between two Greek words: eros and agape. Eros, he says, referred to that love between a man and woman which is neither planned nor willed, but somehow imposes itself upon human beings. Agape, on the other hand, was the word which the New Testament writers preferred to describe the new relationship between Christ and his disciples." (Fifth Ordinary Sunday, February 5, 2006)

The Unclean Spirit Came Out of Him: "He is known as the 'master of the human heart' on account of his penetrating psychological insights, but he had great difficulty mastering his own emotions. A 'demon' which afflicted him was a gambling addiction." (Fourth Ordinary Sunday, January 29, 2006)

Time Is Running Out: "The officers selected three prisoners, blindfolded them and tied them to posts. Dostoevsky watched in horror as the firing squad loaded the rifles and pointed them at his comrades." (Third Ordinary Sunday, January 22, 2006)

Your Body Does Not Belong to You: "Before Paul introduced them to Christ, they had built their lives around sensual pleasure. But it did not bring them happiness, only heartbreak and despair." (Second Ordinary Sunday, January 15, 2006)

When Worlds Collide: "Before explaining the significance of the Magi's gifts, I would like to refer to a humorous Christmas card I received. It imagined what would have happened if the Magi had been Three Wise Women..." (Epiphany of The Lord, January 8, 2006)

The Lord Bless You: "The apostle Barnabas, who was a Levite, undoubtedly gave many people that blessing. St. Francis, himself a deacon, used those words to bless others." (Mary, the Mother of God, January 1, 2006)

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