Homilies

New Years/Epiphany, Jan. 1 & 4, 2015

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Written by Fr. Fitz Monday, 29 December 2014 10:20

Something NEW is happening in the Catholic Church!

The new year is a time for new vitality. And the Feast of Epiphany is all about a journey seeking the light that the wise men discover at the crib.

"Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem, your light hs come!" IS 60:1

And Pope Francis like the wise men is leading the Church toward the Christ light and enjoining us not to be detoured by excessive legalism and pessimism. He even warned the Curia about having "spiritual altzheimers."

The  Wise Men of Epiphany set out boldly in a new direction led by a star. They would not be deterred, nor detoured by the wicked Herod, nor any bumps along the way.Neither will Francis.

"There is a shift in clerical culture from one of clarity, ideas and  logic to one of induction and REAL LIFE as the foundation for theolpgocal reflection and pastoral practice--" and this causes discomfort for some of the elite, self satisfied, higher up clergy, but joy for the poor and marginalized.

Gerard O'Connell, Vatican Dispatch

Francis calls the Church to be "humble, welcoming, open, nonjudgmental and merciful...and to promote a culture of encounter and inclusion rather than one of encounter and exclusion."

Here is how Pope Francis expains it:

"A small step in the midst of great human limitations can be more pleasing to God than a life which appears outwardly in order but moves through the day without confronting great difficulty

Everyone needs to be touched by the comfort and attraction of God's saving love which is mysteriously at work in each person, beypnd their faults and failings." Pope Francis

For the Pope Grace is everywhere!

So in this New Year, "May the Grace and peace of God our Father, the love of Jesus Christ, and the work of the Holy Spirit be with you!"

 

 

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Holy Family, Dec. 28, 2014

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Written by Fr. Fitz Saturday, 27 December 2014 11:52

The Holy Family was cold and alone.

It can be true today. And so we pray:

Holy Family bless our family. Too often, there are sibling rivlries, misunerstandings, coldness among ome members.

Bring us to the crib to be warmed by the breath of th animals,

comforted by the mantle of Mary, 

made strong by the staff of Joseph,

enlivened by the aura of Jesus.

Ipray especiay for:...................

Amen

 

Christmas, 2014

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Written by Fr. Fitz Tuesday, 23 December 2014 10:57

Among all the words in the English language, there are no words with a deeper resonance than: "LOVE...LOVED ONES....AND HOME."

And those words explain Christmas.

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Third Sunday of Advent, December 14, 2014

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Written by Fr. Fitz Thursday, 11 December 2014 10:35

Rejoice The Lord is near.
This evening I will say mass at 11 pm for Filipino crew members
on the Crystal Ship Serenity, sailing the western Caribbean.

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Second Sunday of Advent, Dec 7, 2014

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Written by Fr. Fitz Thursday, 04 December 2014 15:15

"Comfort, give comfort to my people says The Lord."  IS 40:1

This Advent blessing of Isaiah is needed in every age and time.

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