I would not want a gift if it came from somebody who thought he had to give it to me.
Valentine Young SERMON
Sometimes I think we humans are becoming too smart—perhaps too smart for our own good.
I had the good fortune of being assigned to the same mission field twice: the first time in 1956 when I was first ordained.
I don’t know whether all of you will agree with me when I say: “life is not fair”—but I would imagine older people would agree.
Why have I been so blessed, and spared such hardships?
We seem to be sitting around waiting for “that day” when everything in the world, in our country, and in the Church is going to be perfect…
I can speak mainly from my experience with Indians, more specifically the Navajos; their native culture has a great respect and love for marriage and family life.
As the Gloria during Mass suggests, we should “thank Him simply because of His great glory.” When is the last time you did that?
Yes, these are extraordinary times—and they require something extraordinary from us.
All of us are now closer to our moment of death than we were last year or in any time in the past.
God has a special task and calling for each and every one of us.
Knowledge is having the facts. Wisdom is knowing what to do with them.
My mother told me that my father used to stop at the rectory every Saturday afternoon to go to confession to the priest. He died when I was eight, leaving my mother with six children…
In many of His parables and teachings, Christ let us know that His Kingdom on earth was always what I am going to call “an unfinished product.”
I think we can learn something from this pagan official.
The word “grace” means a gift given to us by God. Sanctifying grace is first given to us when we are baptized.
Sin is an offense against God. Therefore, only God can forgive sin.
“I never really understand this psalm until I entered the Franciscan Novitiate in 1942…”
We should also examine ourselves on the subject of generosity and jealousy. When we see other people prosper in some way, receive some advantage or recognition, how do we respond?
During World War II, Catholic churches were filled on Friday evenings for the Sorrowful Mother Novena and Benediction.
“Often, the person who did us harm won’t even know that we’re still stewing over what they did to us; and if they knew, they might even be glad.”
“If worry did any good, I would advise you to do it—but it is wasted time and energy.”
“Examining the life of Jesus, we discover that He acted differently in different circumstances.”
“Catholic teaching says we should pray for people who die. If we were sure they were in heaven, that wouldn’t be necessary—so let’s be consistent in our teaching.”
“I considered myself privileged to be Pastor at one of the places in Houck, Arizona, where Saint Katherine Drexel built a church and grade school.”