Discipleship

Why Do You Go to Church

By Fr. Jeff | 05/21/2024

If you are a regular reader of my blog, I would think you probably are a regular churchgoer.  If so, you can use this article to reflect on why you find value in going to church.  This can help keep…

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Pentecost, Year B – Works of the Flesh, Fruits of the Spirit

By Fr. Jeff | 05/19/2024

In today’s gospel (second option), Jesus speaks of the Advocate whom He will send to us from the Father.  This advocate is “the Spirit of Truth that proceeds from the Father.”  The Advocate of whom Jesus speaks is the Holy…

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7th Sunday of Easter Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 05/12/2024

7th Sunday of Easter Year BActs 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20 (19a)1 John 4:11-16John 17:11b-19May 12, 2024 Throughout the season of Easter our first reading at Mass comes from the Acts of the Apostles.  Acts tells us the story…

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The Purpose of a Parish

By Fr. Jeff | 05/10/2024

Here is an article in PDF format that I recently composed (with proofreading and editorial assistance from some friends.). The topic is what is the purpose of a parish.

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5th Sunday of Easter Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 04/28/2024

5th Sunday of Easter, Year BActs 9:26-31Psalm 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32 (26a)1 John 3:18-24John 15:1-8April 28, 2024 We read in Acts, “The church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria was at peace.  It was being built up and walked in…

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4th Sunday of Easter, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 04/21/2024

We celebrate the 4th Sunday of Easter today.  The gospel reading on the 4th Sunday of Easter always come from Jesus’ Good Shepherd discourse in chapter 10 of the Gospel of John.   We also celebrate it as the World Day…

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Jesus Died for You

By Fr. Jeff | 04/02/2024

We just celebrated our Easter Triduum.  The Triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper where Jesus instituted the Eucharist and the Priesthood.  It continues with the celebration of our Lord Jesus Christ’s death.  Yes, we celebrate his death. …

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Does Anyone Listen?

By Fr. Jeff | 03/19/2024

Do you ever feel like people aren’t really listening to what you have to say?  You try to present your perspective but you feel you either they weren’t listening or you must have not explained it well.  We might do…

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2nd Sunday of Lent, Year B

By Fr. Jeff | 02/25/2024

“God put Abraham to the test.” How would you fair with the same test?  Last week I spoke about our struggles to resist temptation.  Who you do any better with the test that Abraham faced when God told him, “Take…

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Making Others Happy

By Fr. Jeff | 02/06/2024

How much time do you spend trying to make other people happy? Now, there are clearly some people that we should want to make happy.  Certainly, a married person should want their spouse to be happy.  We should want our…

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What Does It Mean to be Saved?

By Fr. Jeff | 01/30/2024

Some Christians will ask, “when were you saved?”.  Generally, the people who ask this question have experienced a time in their lives when they felt a profound conversion in their lives and gave their lives over to Christ.  This is…

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Are You Like David or Saul?

By Fr. Jeff | 01/23/2024

In recent days, the first readings at daily Mass have told the story of the “tension” between David and Saul.  Saul had named as the first king of Israel but failed to follow God’s direction.  David fights in Saul’s army…

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Video for Part 3 of “Made for Discipleship” Series.

By Fr. Jeff | 12/08/2023

Yesterday I completed my series, Made for Discipleship. My website is presently undergoing an overhaul, leaving me unable to update it for a few days. So, here is a link to watch the video recording of yesterday’s webinar on my…

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Are You Too Busy to…

By Fr. Jeff | 12/05/2023

If you hear a homily that speaks about spending more time in prayer, do you immediately dismiss it because you are too busy? If you read in the bulletin that your parish is looking for more volunteers, do you immediately…

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Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 11/26/2023

Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe, Year AEzekiel 34:11-12, 15-17Psalm 23:1-2, 2-3, 5-6 (1)1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28Matthew 25:31-46 November 26, 2023 The Lord speaks through the prophet Ezekiel in a time when those who had been appointed shepherds…

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Why am I Catholic?

By Fr. Jeff | 11/21/2023

Why am I Catholic? Traditionally, the answer to the question why are you Catholic was, “Because my parents and grandparents are Catholic.” Being Catholic was part of our identity. One went to church for Christmas and Easter because that’s what…

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What’s It Going to Take for People to Realize the State of Things?

By Fr. Jeff | 11/14/2023

I hope I am not sounding like a broken record that keeps repeating itself.  Last week I wrote, “What’s It Going to Take to End the Violence.”  There I said the answer laid in tears that came from the depths…

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New Video – Made for Discipleship Part II

By Fr. Jeff | 11/10/2023

Yesterday I offered Part II in my series, Made for Discipleship. You can now view the slides and video at https://www.renewaloffaith.org/madefordiscipleshippart2. If you watch it in the next few days, you can complete an online evaluation afterwards at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeXAxnQnVoeUvYBRr1b_DAiFWrmh2IWtAExxBGeUsicdtPnSw/viewform?usp=sf_link. Part…

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Updated – New Video – Made for Discipleship Part I

By Fr. Jeff | 10/27/2023

I started my new series on discipleship, Made of Discipleship, yesterday. The video and slides for Part I are now available online at https://www.renewaloffaith.org/madefordiscipleshippart1 . If you view it in the next couple of days, you can give me feedback…

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

By Fr. Jeff | 10/22/2023

The number of Christian disciples in many parts of the world is shrinking. Fewer people identify as Christians. Some because they formally reject God while others have not been taught that God exists and loves them. Add to this the…

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 10/15/2023

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AIsaiah 25:6-10aPsalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6, (6cd)Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20Matthew 22:1-14October 15, 2023 We say we are disciples of Christ but what does this mean? In secular terms a disciple is a student of a…

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New Series on Discipleship

By Fr. Jeff | 09/23/2023

I am happy to say I will be beginning a new series of presentations in October exploring what it means to be a disciple of Christ.  The series is called Made for Discipleship.   Honestly, I am a little behind on my…

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 09/03/2023

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AJeremiah 20:7-9Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 (2b)Romans 12:1-2Matthew 16:21-27September 3, 2023 Last week we heard Peter proclaim to Jesus, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Peter got that right.  Jesus…

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We Need Bridge Builders

By Fr. Jeff | 08/29/2023

Pope Francis recently encouraged a group of young Russians to be “bridge builders.” I think this is something we all need to think about. Before I entered seminary, I literally helped build bridges. I worked for the New York State…

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Appreciating the Depth of Mass

By Fr. Jeff | 08/08/2023

Two weeks ago I wrote my first article, “What Does It Mean to be a Eucharistic People,” on Timothy P. O’Malley’s book, Becoming Eucharistic People: The Hope and Promise of Parish Life (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press. 2022, part of the Engaging Catholicism series.)…

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