Homily for Christ the King, 2014

“When I was a stranger, you welcomed me.”  Who is the Stranger?  And how do we avoid welcoming the stranger in our midst, by a false familiarity?  And how might … Continue Reading →


Homily for the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, 2014

It may seem odd that the celebration of the dedication of church in faraway Rome should trump our usual Sunday celebration of the Resurrection.  In fact, it is only through … Continue Reading →


Homily for All Saints, 2014

The Solemnity of All Saints is sometimes spoken of as the ‘fulfillment of Pentecost’. In some way, it represents the ‘end of history’ and the realization of the New Age … Continue Reading →


On the Extraordinary Synod

Fr. Robert Barron is, as usual, the voice of reason and caution in the midst of breathless prognostication and agonized hand-wringing in many media accounts of the midterm report from … Continue Reading →


Homily for the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2014

How do we respond to invitations? Are we eager to share in another’s joy? Or do we find excuses to avoid participating with full hearts in the Wedding of the … Continue Reading →


What is Solemn Vespers?

I first sang the music of Byrd, Victoria and Orlando di Lasso in concert settings. These concerts could often be quite moving, and a large part of the emotional impact … Continue Reading →


Homily for the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2014

As Master of the vineyard, God is entitled to all the fruits that our lives produce. This might sound threatening, if we do not also understand the Father’s patience and … Continue Reading →


Homily for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2014

Monastic spirituality is a spirituality of the heart, and this requires ongoing conversion. Today’s gospel speaks to the dynamics of this ‘turning toward’ the Father. Podcast: Play in new window … Continue Reading →


Homily for the Triumph of the Holy Cross, 2014

“When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to myself.” Our Lord indeed, by His example of love, draws forth from us meaning and purpose in … Continue Reading →


Homily for the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

The two-fold commandment: love of God and love of neighbor, opens up a new Christian perspective on morality. Podcast: Play in new window | Download