In God We Trust (((HOMILY))): 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday October 18, 2020

The next time you pull money out of your wallet, read our famous national slogan: "In God We Trust." Have you ever wondered why we put this on our currency? The first time it appeared was in 1864, during the devastation of the Civil War--…


Why We Kneel (((HOMILY))): 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday October 11, 2020

It's been a busy but beautiful few days here in the life of our parish. We just finished celebrating three memorable holy sacraments: first holy communion, first confession, and holy matrimony.


The Higher Things (((HOMILY))): 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday October 4, 2020

A few days ago, God showed me an amazing gift -- a glimpse of Heaven. Surprisingly, there were no clouds, nor singing angels, or golden gates. Instead, I saw it in Sierra Valley. All worldly distractions faded away at that moment and the…


Confirmation Mass (((HOMILY))

Saturday September 26, 2020

Every Sacrament is a powerful gift of grace. Last Saturday was no different. I had the great honor of bestowing the Sacrament of Confirmation on twelve of our young people.


Love Seeks Love (((HOMILY))): 25th Sunday In Ordinary Time

Sunday September 20, 2020

For the fire fighter, the soldier, the police officer, and the immigrant, love takes on a seemingly contradictory character. For the sake of their loved ones, they choose a path that forces them to depart from their loved ones for long…


Fighting For Forgiveness (((HOMILY))): 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday September 13, 2020

It's not a question of "if" but "when." When will I get into a conflict with someone? If you're alive and breathing, conflict is simply built into human interaction. There is no avoiding it.


We Belong To One Another (((HOMILY))): 23rd Sunday In Ordinary Time

Sunday September 6, 2020

Why does God love you? Have you ever asked yourself that question? It's an awkward, strange one. Let me ask you something more earthly: Why do you love your wife? Your husband? Why do you love your children? Someone might respond, "Just…


Your Gorgeous Cross (((HOMILY))): 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday August 30, 2020

"Take up your cross," Jesus tells us in this Sunday's gospel reading from Matthew 16:21-27. The Twelve Disciples must have be horrified when they heard this command. In the first century, the cross meant something more sinister than the …


Why The Pope Is A Big Deal (((HOMILY))): 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday August 23, 2020

The longest running institution in Western Civilization is the Catholic Church. 2,000 years and 266 popes later, the "rock" of St. Peter on which Jesus himself built his Church still stands. Is it because these men are extremely…


Be Like The Canaanite (((HOMILY))): 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday August 16, 2020

A wildfire rages right now just outside the little town that I serve. If the wind was blowing in a slightly different direction, it could have devastated our community. Natural disasters such as this always reminds us of just how fragile…