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Bishop’s Appeal: Missionaries of Hope | #911

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Ordinary 4 – Today our guest homilist, Bishop Ricken, kicks off the annual Bishop’s Appeal. If we really lived what it means to be a “Catholic”, that second reading would apply to us. How is God calling YOU to be a missionary of hope?

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Filled With the Spirit, How Can We Fail? | #852

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Ordinary 31 + TEC Anniversary – God commands us to love Him because He made us to love and be loved. But it’s humanly impossible! So God has sent the Holy Spirit into your heart. Listen to the Holy Spirit. He will transform you into God’s likeness.

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Your Gift Fit for a King (#808, Epiphany)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Magi respond to God’s love with their own gifts of love. At Christmas we receive God’s gift of love; at Epiphany we give back our own gift of love. Let us open our treasures and give God the gift of almsgiving, prayer, and sacrifice. [AUDIO]

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The Perfect Christmas

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It was almost Christmas and they were far from home. They had every intention of spending a quiet holiday season. But urgent business required him to travel, and she refused to stay home without him. Technically this was his hometown but family connections were distant, and plans to stay with family had fallen through. It seemed like nothing turned out …

Receiving and Spreading the Good Seed (#733, 15th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

God is a generous sower. We need to be good soil: open to receive, willing to persevere, and free from spiritual clutter. A good crop gives off good seeds. Parents and Catholic schools help plant good seeds in the hearts of children. [AUDIO]

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The Family is a Trinity (#629, Trinity Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Trinity is foreshadowed by the family. The love between a husband and a wife, as a total gift of self to the other, reveals the Trinity. We are called to live in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. [AUDIO]

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The Love That Never Abandons Us (#626, Ascension & Mother’s Day)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Holy Spirit “mothers” every Christian and gives us direct access to the throne of God. Listen to the Spirit and cooperate with his work. “Can a mother forget her infant? Even should she forget, I will never forget you.” [AUDIO]