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

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God's Wake-up Call - Weekday Homily Video

Can you remember your last life-wake-up call? They come in all forms: it could be a failing grade in math class; a conversation with your boss, husband, or wife; or a close call on the road, to name a few. But then there are the wake-up calls like King Hezekiah received.

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Harden Not Your Hearts - Weekday Homily Video

Today’s gospel antiphon, “If today, you hear his voice, harden not your hearts” is one of those instructions that can really cause you to reflect … not just on how difficult it is to understand what a Boston-trained priest is saying, but more importantly, on the state of your heart.

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Finding Joy in Following Jesus - Weekday Homily Video

Sometimes, like the people in the time of Hosea, we need to have the Lord call out to us to come back to Him to change our ways with the promise of a better life. The Lord speaks to us through His Word (as we have just heard proclaimed), our times of silent prayer and meditation, our times in Eucharistic Adoration, and all forms of prayer, including our meditations upon the Rosary. The Lord can certainly speak to us through the words and actions of others. On Wednesday afternoon, as I stood impatiently waiting for someone to come to the coffee shop counter to take my order, I turned around to see a young man in line behind me. I asked if they still took your order there or if you needed to use the tablet on the counter.

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God's Unconditional Love - Weekday Homily Video

The Scriptures and Church tradition use many images to describe God, reflecting His infinite nature of love. Similarly, various images depict the people of God whom God has drawn to Himself throughout salvation history. Prophet Hosea paints another beautiful metaphor of God as a parent to a wayward child. Hosea speaks of God's love for Israel: "I taught Ephraim to walk. I took them in my arms and fostered them like one who raises an infant to his cheeks; I stooped to feed my child." In the year 2018, the school where I worked suffered the loss of a 6-year-old child.

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Humbly Trusting God- Weekday Homily Video

Come with me to a small town that had been "dry" for years—i.e., 'without any bars or pubs or alcohol consumption.' Eventually, some of the businesspeople decided to build a bar in that town. The local Christian group was alarmed and concerned at this latest development. They decided to have an all-night prayer to ask God to intervene. Work on the construction of the bar progressed until the week before opening, when lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground!

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With God, It's Always Personal - Weekday Homily Video

There's a quote in the movie, “The Godfather,” that struck me, particularly as I read and prayed about today’s readings. In the movie, the main characters discuss how to handle a dispute among rival gangs. One character, attempting to calm the other, says, “It’s not personal; it’s strictly business.”

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