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A “re-post” on the Archangels

By Fr. Jeff | 09/28/2020

I find myself doing something I have never done before. I am “re-posting” a homily I posted here on this blog from the Feast of the Archangels on September 29th in 2017. Why am I “re-posting” an old post? There…

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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 09/27/2020

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AEzekiel 18:25-28Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (6a)Philippians 2:1-11Matthew 21:28-32September 27, 2020 Today Jesus poses a question to the chief priests and the elders.  They have been asking him questions.  They often asked Jesus questions to…

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Never Forget the Cross

By Fr. Jeff | 09/25/2020

As I have begun to write articles explicitly on morality, I acknowledge that discussion on the morality of specific behaviors can be difficult. I pray that nothing I will write be interpreted as judgment on anyone. My goal is always…

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New Video – Uncovering the Treasures of the Mass: Part I

By Fr. Jeff | 09/24/2020

I started my new series of webinars, Uncovering the Treasures of the Mass, last night. You are view the recording of the webinar on my website at Peace, Fr. Jeff

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Defining Morality

By Fr. Jeff | 09/22/2020

Last week I wrote an article here, “The Easy Path or the Hard Path”, discussing morality. I said that I plan to offer more on morality but that I am unsure what form it will take or when. I remain…

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 09/20/2020

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AIsaiah 55:6-9Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18 (18a)Philippians 1:20c-24, 27aMatthew 20:1-16aSeptember 20, 2020 Jesus continues to teach us about the Kingdom of Heaven.  Today He describes it using a parable of a landowner and his vineyard. …

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The Easy Path or the Hard Path

By Fr. Jeff | 09/18/2020

If you are reading this, then you are probably trying to live a Christian life. What does that entail? It includes prayer. It means that we believe that Jesus was crucified on the Cross and rose on the third day,…

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Feeling Powerless

By Fr. Jeff | 09/15/2020

Recently I was watching the news about the wildfires on the West Coast. They say that over 4 million acres have burned this year. California has already passed their record for the number of acres burned in a single year…

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 09/13/2020

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year ASirach 27:30-28:7Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12 (8)Romans 14:7-9Matthew 18:21-35September 13, 2020 It can be hard to forgive.  It can be even harder to forgive the same person over and over for the same thing. …

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Looking for Peaceful Existence

By Fr. Jeff | 09/10/2020

I remember back in my school days hearing about utopian societies. Such groups are the attempts of the members to form a perfect society. In my limited knowledge of them, they were small, insular societies. To me, the world didn’t…

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The Liturgy of the Hours

By Fr. Jeff | 09/08/2020

One of the topics I have covered a few times during the Coronavirus is prayer (see for those articles & homilies). Today I would like to cover a particular form of prayer required of clergy and religious but an…

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 09/06/2020

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AEzekiel 33:7-9Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 (8)Romans 13:8-10Matthew 18:15-20September 6, 2020 Today we hear about how God calls us to respond to sin.  The first reading is sometimes known as the Parable of the Watchman. …

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Keeping Our Baptismal Promises

By Fr. Jeff | 09/03/2020

At Baptism, we are asked six questions as our “baptismal promises.” (When we are baptized as infants, our parents answer for us.) At Confirmation we renew our baptismal promises ourselves. Each year at Easter time, we renew them. We respond,…

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Receiving a Penance

By Fr. Jeff | 09/01/2020

After we have confessed our sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we receive a “penance.” We are not just “given” or “assigned” a penance as punishment for our sins. We must receive the penance. By “receive” I mean we willing…

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