The Friar

The Friar

These podcasts feature homilies given at Mass and commentaries on various eclectic topics.

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June 16, 2021

It seems most appropriate to begin our exploration of gifts and charisms by examining the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The traditional list of the gifts of the Holy Spirit comes from the book of the prophet Isaiah. What are the gifts listed in this traditional list?  “The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, ...

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What do you expect from God? This Sunday’s gospel shows us the silence of God. There can be times in our lives when we wonder why God seems not only distant, but absent. The disciples experience this even though they are in the very presence of God. Jesus is in the boat. But Jesus is asleep. And the storm must have been especially fierce since even experienced fishermen were afraid.

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Saint Ignatius of Antioch is probably the earliest of the Church Fathers, and is one of the Apostolic Fathers since he likely knew and interacted with the apostles. Born in the middle of the first century, and dying at the beginning of the second century, Ignatius of Antioch provides a picture of the early Church where already we see some of the things that we see as connected to the Church today. Much of his later life was spent i...

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It seems most appropriate to begin our exploration of gifts and charisms by examining the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The traditional list of the gifts of the Holy Spirit comes from the book of the prophet Isaiah. What are the gifts listed in this traditional list?  “The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, ...

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What does it mean to obey the Lord? Can we ever break an oath to the Lord? In a time where so much can be seen as “up to us”, the idea that we would hand over control to anyone can seem absurd indeed. In fact, in some of those areas where we used to see control surrendered, for example a husband to his wife (for we can only be hurt by those to whom we are vulnerable) are becoming less likely today. We live in a time where individua...

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The word translated "Blessed," used in the Beatitudes from today's gospel, could also be translated "lucky" or "Happy." But how are those who mourn happy? Because to mourn we must first love. How are the peacemakers happy? Because to make peace we must know peace.

Continue reading Homily for Monday, June 7, 2021 at The Friar.

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I was so proud of myself as a fourth grader who learned to bake bread (well sort of). But the real lesson was what my father taught me about the Eucharist.

Continue reading Homily for Sunday, June 6, 2021 at The Friar.

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For worship to be authentic, the way we live our life, especially concerning the poor and the vulnerable must be authentic. We need to recognize in all things that if we cannot treat those made in the image and likeness of God with appropriate respect affording them the dignity that is theirs, then indeed our worship is empty.

Continue reading Homily for Saturday, June 5, 2021 at The Friar.

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