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Reflections of Family and Faith

"The family that prays together stays together." - Venerable Patrick Peyton

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The Holy Family's Invitation - Weekday Homily Video

Brothers and sisters in Christ, in today's world, families face countless challenges – from the busyness of modern life to the distractions of technology, from the pressure to conform to societal expectations to the struggles of maintaining faith amidst secularism. Yet, amidst these challenges, there's a beacon of hope, a model of love and resilience: the Holy Family. Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) begins with the statement, “The joy of love experienced by the families is also the joy of the Church.” He further states “Every family should look to the icon of the Holy Family of Nazareth.”

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Longing for God - Weekday Homily Video

In her profound grief, outside of Jesus' tomb, Mary Magdalene is asked by the two angels why she is weeping. She tells them, and then suddenly, she turns and sees Jesus standing there, but doesn’t recognize him.

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Hope and Direction - Weekday Homily Video

St. Camillus de Lellis, at six-foot-six, towered over the men and women of his time. Yet it would take the loss of his health and his father’s inheritance to allow him to grow and become a spiritual giant. Born in Italy in 1550, he left home at the age of seventeen to fight with the Venetian army against the Turkish invaders. It was during this time that his leg became infected with a serious disease that would remain for the rest of his life.

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My Lord and My God - Weekday Homily Video

Today, we celebrate the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, a man whose journey of faith mirrors our own. Thomas, known for his initial skepticism, teaches us invaluable lessons about trust, doubt, and the transformative power of encountering Christ.

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God’s Providence and Plans - Weekday Homily Video

My reflection comes from the Second Book of Kings. In that Book, we have heard about King Ahab and his pagan wife Jezebel—who instigated the murder of many people. Today's First Reading continues with King Ahab and Jezebel dead and their daughter Athalia (who was evil and a pagan like her mother Jezebel) at the center of things.

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Pray with Sincerity - Weekday Homily Video

An Italian newspaper featured a story about a young couple in Milan who appeared to be deeply devoted to their faith. The priest at a cathedral reported that the couple regularly spent an hour or more sitting before a statue of the Virgin Mary. However, it was later discovered that their intentions were not as they seemed. Instead of praying, the couple was using the electrical plug behind the statue of Mary to recharge their cell phone. Whenever their phones needed charging, they would come to the church to plug them in, using the time as an opportunity to be together in a peaceful setting while their phones recharged.

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