Catholic Homilies 2016

(by Fr Phil Bloom)

Current Homilies

Long Walk - Part of Gift "'Dear boy,' she says, 'youíve traveled so far to bring me such a wonderful present.' At first the child appears surprised by her reaction, but his eyes brighten and he smiles widely. 'Oh, teacher,' he says..." (December 25, 2016 - Christmas Homily)

Resisting Happiness Week 4: Look for the Mess "If a family member reads the first thirty pages, I'm convinced he will not put it down - and it will bring him back to the Catholic Church..." (December 18, 2016 - Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A)

Our Lady of Guadalupe & the Virtue of Persistence "When you're down, when critics make you want to throw in the towel, look to Mary..." (December 12, 2016 - Our Lady of Guadalupe)

Resisting Happiness Week 3: Delayed Gratification "The child who waits gets an extra marshmallow. Years later researchers follow up and discover that children able to delay gratification tend to have better life outcomes..." (December 11, 2016 - Third Sunday of Advent, Year A)

Our Truest Destiny (Audio file of Homily for Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2016)

Resisting Happiness Week 2: Tourist or Pilgrim? "Tourists get upset if there are delays. They demand prompt attention and service to their every need and desire. They focus on themselves, often shoving past others to get where they want to go..." (December 4, 2016 - Second Sunday of Advent, Year A)

Resisting Happiness Week 1: Misery or Happiness? "In seeking happiness these people create misery for themselves and those closest to them..." (November 27, 2016 - First Sunday of Advent, Year A)

Without Gratitude "Without gratitude a sense of entitlement takes over and begins to rot our soul. Without gratitude we get old and grumpy..." (November 24, 2016 - Thanksgiving Day Homily 2016 - bilingual)

Stewards of Mercy Week 4: He Made an Agreement "A glorious spontaneous moment of mercy. Those moments can break into our lives and we should be open to them. But, you know, along with spontaneity we need commitment..." (November 20, 2016 - Christ the King, Year C)

Stewards of Mercy Week 3: Work Quietly "He fought back saying, 'Get away, Satan!' The men cut the arteries of his neck. The priest's blood pulsed onto the sanctuary floor..." (November 13, 2016 - Thirty-Third Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Stewards of Mercy Week 2: Send it Ahead "A funeral director once remarked to me, 'I've never seen a hearse with U-Haul behind it...'" (November 6, 2016 - Thirty-Second Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Stewards of Mercy Week 1: Zacchaeus "When I was in Poland I purchased something not because I needed it but because I thought it would impress my brother, maybe make him envy me a little..." (October 30, 2016 - Thirty-First Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Boots Laced Week 6: The Good Fight "Today's Gospel shows how to win the good fight: It doesn't come from thinking how good and strong I am. On the contrary we get power by saying..." (October 23, 2016 - Thirtieth Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Boots Laced Week 5: Little People "God chooses little people for the most important mission. At this moment the most important thing happening on this planet may be the struggle in your heart or your family..." (October 16, 2016 - Twenty-Ninth Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Boots Laced Week 4: Gratitude & Matrimony "I'd like to bless 25 engaged couples by the beginning of Lent. That's five months so I am going need your help. Maybe you have a family member - a nephew or grandson - who should propose to his girl friend..." (October 9, 2016 - Twenty-Eighth Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Boots Laced Week 3: A Just Man "When Joseph found Mary to be with child, being a just man he decided to send her away quietly. How is that just? Being just or righteous, according to the Bible, means..." (October 2, 2016 - Twenty-Seventh Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Boots Laced Week 2: High Stakes "Medicines can help. Diet and exercise can help. Also I know many people, including priests, who have benefited from professional counseling..." (September 25, 2016 - Twenty-Sixth Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Boots Laced Week 1: Small Things with Great Love "Pray for President Obama. You don't have to agree with him or like everything he is doing..." (September 18, 2016 - Twenty-Fifth Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Fifteenth Anniversary of 9-11 "Like St. Paul her strength came from awareness of her inner weakness. St. Paul considered himself the "foremost sinner." St. Teresa of Calcutta experienced something similar..." (September 11, 2016 - Twenty-Fourth Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Youth Challenge Week 4: The Cost "We priests brought her plenty of suffering, but she manifestly loved us. In 1984 I had the blessing of attending a retreat where she spoke to us very frankly." (September 4, 2016 - Twenty-Third Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Youth Challenge Week 3: How to Enter Narrow Gate "Pope Francis gives three steps to humility: First, self-forgiveness. This is a tricky concept. It might sound like giving oneself a free pass. But Pope Francis explains it this way." (August 28, 2016 - Twenty-Second Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Youth Challenge Week 2: The Narrow Gate "Atheists judge others. Liberals judge others. Let's face it. We all do it and we all fear judgment." (August 21, 2016 - Twenty-First Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Youth Challenge Week 1: The Cross "Shared experiences, especially shared suffering if accepted patiently can bring people together. The cross unites us." (August 14, 2016 - Twentieth Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Homilies related to Pope Francis & World Youth Day 2016:

July 24, 2016 (17th Ordinary Sunday): Pope Francis & Youth Week 1: Faith & the Possibility of Forgiveness
July 31, 2016 (18th Ordinary Sunday): Pope Francis & Youth Week 2: Stop Being Wishy-Washy
August 6, 2016 (19th Ordinary Sunday): Pope Francis & Youth Week 3: Be Prepared for Martyrdom

Becoming a Disciple Week 7: Listen & Learn "'The pope? How many divisions does he have?' Stalin could have said that only because he never met John Paul II..." (July 17, 2016 - Sixteenth Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Becoming a Disciple Week 6: Double Compassion "When the Dutch bishops protested Hitler's mistreatment of Jews, the Nazis retaliated by arresting some 243 Catholic Jews in Holland. The SS officers told Sister Teresa she had five minutes to gather her belongings..." (July 10, 2016 - Fifteenth Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Becoming a Disciple Week 5: Pursuit of Happiness "Now let's be clear: Although the future of our country depends on the work of disciple makers, we do not make disciples to save America..." (July 3, 2016 - Fourteenth Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Becoming a Disciple Week 4: Consistency "One survey question asked women whether they would prefer financial security or emotional security. Here's the exact question..." (June 26, 2016 - Thirteenth Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Becoming a Disciple Week 3: Your True Potential "Pope Francis has a Sleeping St. Joseph in his office. Under it he places prayer requests. Iíve started to do the same..." (June 19, 2016 - Twelfth Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Becoming a Disciple Week 2: No Excuses "I can think of reasons I would be better off crawling into a hole. But, you know, when I read the Bible, when I sit down to pray, I recognize that's all a bunch of excuses..." (June 12, 2016 - Eleventh Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Becoming a Disciple Week 1 "We can feel that we lost a child. Like the prophet Elijah we can ask God why this has happened..." (June 5, 2016 - Tenth Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

Not a Prize for the Perfect "Next to him Lady Gaga, not wearing some outlandish dress, but what looks like a flannel shirt buttoned to the top, her arm draped over the priest's shoulder. Below the picture is this quote..." (May 29, 2016 - Corpus Christi - Body & Blood of Jesus)

Levels of Happiness "A guy once told about the biggest change in his life. His wife said to him..." (May 22, 2016 - Trinity Sunday)

Led by the Spirit "The book tells how Pope Pius XII took role in the efforts to assassinate Hitler. This might surprise you, but the Catholic Church has taught that in certain circumstances it can be legitimate to kill a tyrant..." (May 15, 2016 - Pentecost Sunday)

Gift of Honor "Honor can include many things: attention, esteem, recognition, credit, praise, care. It does not involve pretense, but it can require patience and pardon..." (May 8, 2016 - Ascension of the Lord)

Building Church of Love "In every Mass we pray for Pope Francis and our bishop - Archbishop Sartain - not so much because they are good guys..." (May 1, 2016 - Sixth Sunday of Easter)

Third Priority "Have you heard about the Great Commission?" (April 24, 2016 - Fifth Sunday of Easter)

Second Priority "Before hearing about something important to our parish let's start with something affecting the universal church..." (April 17, 2016 - Fourth Sunday of Easter)

Second Priority "Before hearing about something important to our parish let's start with something affecting the universal church..." (April 17, 2016 - Fourth Sunday of Easter)

First Priority "What is God's purpose - his plan - for St. Mary of the Valley? This question has plunged us into a process of prayer, discernment, listening, study, surveys, interviews and research..." (April 10, 2016 - Third Sunday of Easter)

Receiving Divine Mercy "It's not a matter of thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. That's a huge journey. Today we see someone who discovers Divine Mercy by thinking of himself less..." (April 3, 2016 - Divine Mercy Sunday)

The Greatest Gift "We desire mercy but we don't want to do the one thing necessary to receive mercy: admit we've done something wrong. One of the presidential candidates says he has 'never asked God for forgiveness...'"..." (March 27, 2016 - Easter Sunday)

Homilies for Triduum 2016:

Holy Thursday (bilingual, mainly English)
Good Friday
Easter Sunday

First Things: Jesus Suffering Today "Earlier this month gunmen entered a home care center in Yemen. They handcuffed security guards, nurses and volunteers. Then one by one they murdered 16 people including four religious sisters..." (March 20, 2016 - Palm Sunday, Year C)

First Things: Something New "They bring a woman who has betrayed her husband and family. Placing her before Jesus they demand strong action..." (March 13, 2016 - Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year C)

First Things: Your Story & His Story "A few weeks ago I gathered a group of men to talk about spiritual leadership. I asked each to share his normal pattern of prayer. They described......" (March 6, 2016 - Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year C)

First Things: Confession " The devil promises Palm Springs but he delivers Death Valley..." (February 28, 2016 - Third Sunday of Lent, Year C)

First Things: Children "the Gospel says they 'did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen.' There's a right time and place to witness. If you pray daily, the Lord will open up the right moment to share your personal witness story..." (February 21, 2016 - Second Sunday of Lent, Year C)

First Things: Prayer "Only 23% say they practice some daily devotion. That means more than 3 out of every four don't. We can do better..." (February 14, 2016 - First Sunday of Lent, Year C)

First Things "I am most disappointed by your practice of prayer. I will give specifics..." (February 10, 2016 - Ash Wednesday)

New Beginning: Nowhere to Go But Up "Some people imagine that the recognition of sin is depressing and negative. Not so. St. Paul says..." (February 7, 2016 - Fifth Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

New Beginning: Living God's Plan "You might think, "I know how to love!" Really? Let's listen again..." (January 31, 2016 - Fourth Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

New Beginning: God's Plan "In his law God gives us the Sunday obligation - to attend Mass on Sunday or the Saturday Vigil. God has this requirement because if we go by how we feel, we quickly fall away. Every Sunday morning I spend an hour before the Blessed Sacrament praying for our households. The devil particularly attacks our families when they are getting ready for Mass..." (January 24, 2016 - Third Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

New Beginning: Marriage "This starting point gives us a vision of marriage, different from our culture. That difference has led to misunderstanding. People depicts us as outdated, old fashioned, narrow-minded, judgmental, repressive, unkind, intolerant, bigoted and hateful..." (January 17, 2016 - Second Ordinary Sunday, Year C)

New Beginning: Second Birth "We begin our existence about the size of a dot at the end of typed sentence. That tiny dot, furiously at work, starts to differentiate, forming various organs - a beating heart at 21 days, soon brain waves, miniature legs, arms, even fingernails...." (January 10, 2016 - Baptism of the Lord)

New Beginning: Lift Up Your Eyes "In his famous story, 'A Christmas Carol' Charles Dickens describes the danger of false individualism. As you remember, to Ebenezer Scrooge a ghost appears dragging a long heavy chain. The ghost explains..." (January 3, 2016 - Epiphany - Feast of Three Kings)

New Beginning: Proof of Sonship "St. Paul gives the "proof" of sonship..." (January 1, 2016 - New Year's, Mary Mother of God)


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