No Homily This Weekend

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Ordinary Time, 7th Sunday (C) Apparently I have never recorded a homily on this particular set or readings. If I had preached, I would have talked about how we tend to make ourselves the standard. Everyone who drives faster than me is a maniac; all the slower drivers are “little old ladies.” Everyone older than me is “old”, everyone younger than me is young. But the true line is Jesus. I’d suggest this homily, in spite of it being from Advent:

Jesus Can Fix All Things

The Right Way To Use All Things, Including Erasers Shaped Like Wrenches | #913

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Ordinary Time, 6th Sunday (C) We wouldn’t be so worried about pleasure, power, possessions or popularity if we believed in the Resurrection. St. Ignatius reminds us that we must use created things as much as they help us to fulfill our purpose, and rid ourselves of them so far as they hinder us from achieving our purpose. I find that exercise, silence, and good Christian friendships help me use things for God’s glory. Then I give four examples of what it looks like to have things in their proper place. Do you believe the Resurrection? (17 Feb 2019)

Going Deeper: Read and meditate on St. Ignatius’ First Principle and Foundation. Are you truly attached to the Creator? To what degree are you indifferent to created things?

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PSA: Unauthorized Access (resolved)

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Around January 15th, 2019, I discovered unauthorized access to the BrotherPriest.com website. An unknown party had managed to create an administrative account. This gave them access to any and all content on the website including visitors’ comments and feedback that had been submitted through the website form. They did not have had access to emails that I sent or received through my BrotherPriest.com email address, nor to the subscriber list email addresses.

The account appears to have been created on October 2, 2018. The only damage I could find was two posts that had been modified by the addition of links to websites: real-estate, hardware, and a news article on lottery winners. There was no other damage or evidence of malicious activity. I took steps to secure the blog and repair the damage. In doing so, I seem to have broken the media player and also disabled the emailing of new posts to subscribers. For subscribers who depend on an email it appeared that I had stopped posting.

The podcast continued to function normally. I believe the player has been fixed. Subscribers are once again being notified of new posts. Thank you to Steve, Todd, and Brenda for bringing these issues to my attention. Please let me know if you notice any continuing or additional problems. Thank you.

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Working Hard, Catching Nothing? Peter Shows Us How | #912

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Ordinary Time, 5th Sunday (C) Have you worked hard all night and caught nothing? Stop washing your nets and spend a little time in silence. Maybe God is calling you to put out a little from shore, to cast into the deep, or to stay put just where you are. The Lord isn’t far away — and he has what you need. (10 Feb 2019)

Going Deeper: Do you find silence maddening or refreshing? Spend quiet time in silence.

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Bishop’s Appeal: Missionaries of Hope | #911

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Ordinary Time, 4th Sunday (C) Today our guest homilist, Bishop Ricken, kicks off the annual Bishop’s Appeal in the Diocese of Green Bay. If we really lived what it means to be a “Catholic”, that second reading would apply to us: patient, kind, not arrogant, not brooding over injury, etc. Giving money is the easy part. How is God calling YOU to be a missionary of hope?

(3 Feb 2019)

Going Deeper: Learn more about the Bishop’s Appeal. Consider making a Gift to this important appeal.

A Cancer in the Body of Christ | #910

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Ordinary Time, 3rd Sunday (C) We are given a holy place and a holy time so that we might become God’s holy people. Every part of the Body of Christ matters. Parts that live for themselves become a cancer and must be cut out. Each part contributes to the good of all. Be holy! (27 Jan 2019)

Going Deeper: Make a little time to sit and read Sacrosanctum Concilium, the document on the Liturgy from Vatican Council II. Then share your thoughts in the comments below.

Happily Ever After | #909

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Ordinary Time, 2nd Sunday (C) Today we are saying goodbye to the old St. Joseph Church. You have such good memories of the building. God has met you here and blessed you here in so many ways. But the same God has been working with us to prepare something new. Your builder is working on you every day. God will transform your daily ‘water’ of loving and serving into the ‘wine’ of Happily Ever After. When will this finally happen? On the third day. (20 Jan 2019)

Going Deeper: Consider your place of worship: What are some of the ways that God has met you there over the years?

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Have You Forgotten Who You Are? | #908

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Baptism of the Lord (C) We enter the church through one main door and around the Baptismal font. Baptism greets us at the ‘door’ of the church and leads us to the Eucharist. Baptism also sends us out into the world to be light and hope. Jayme Closs hasn’t forgotten who she is. Elizabeth Smart had to keep remembering who she was. Baptism washes away our false identities and welcomes us to the altar of praise. It sends us into the world to bring to the good news to others. God has not forgotten you. Have you forgotten who you are? (13 Jan 2019)

Going Deeper: What helps you remember who you are? Here’s a song that has helped me.

Jason Gray – Remind Me Who I Am

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Why the Nativity Scene has an Ox and a Donkey | #907

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Holy Family (C) We want the best for our children. At Baptism they are adopted into both of Jesus’ families. We need to help them know personally their Heavenly Family (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) and their Holy Family (Jesus, Mary, Joseph). Do we want our children to be humble, hard-working, generous, and willing to say yes to God’s call? Then we must live the same way. Let Jesus be the King of your heart; let him be the Lord of your family.

(30 Dec 2018)

Going Deeper: Check out Anchor of Hope TEC. Make plans to bless your home with chalk on Epiphany.

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Come Home to Bethlehem this Christmas | #906

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Christmas, Midnight Mass • We left the Garden of Eden and wandered in the cold and darkness outside. Until we come to the warmth and light of Bethlehem. Become humble to welcome a relationship with God. As we hold the helpless babe, we too are held in stronger hands.

Welcome the Christ child into your hearts and homes. Let the warmth of His love fill you and transform you. Come home to Bethlehem for the holidays. (25 Dec 2018)

Going Deeper: Where have you experienced a moment of peace and joy this Christmas season? Find some quiet time to commune with the Lord.

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