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

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Unexpected Lessons - Weekday Homily Video

When I met my close-to-one-year-old niece for the second time in India a week ago (she is my cousin's daughter, who lives next door), I didn’t realize a newborn baby could teach me anything. I presumed our relationship would be a one-way street—I would offer my love as an uncle to my newest niece, and she would be the beneficiary.

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A Holy and Life-Long Commitment - Weekday Homily Video

After listening to Father Leo’s homily yesterday, I was inspired to seek ways to use our hands, feet, and eyes--our bodies, to do good and care for those in need. Father Leo, like Jesus, building upon the Ten Commandments with the positive actions of the Beatitudes, made me think about today’s readings in the positive, regarding honoring our commitments through holy perseverance.

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Lifting Others as You Go - Weekday Homily Video

Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C. offers a thought-provoking and unique take on today's Mass Readings. We invite you to listen to his brief homily video below, then reflect on the questions below alone, or even better, with your family.

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Humble Ourselves Before God - Weekday Homily Video

Last night, I spoke with Father George Piggford, a Holy Cross priest and Stonehill professor, about how his love of literature and writing inspires his preaching. Over the years, Father George and I have compared notes on where we were going with our Sunday homilies and shared ideas. It’s been both helpful and insightful to see how God was working in each of our lives.

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Mary, Mother of the Church - Weekday Homily Video

From the 4th century, St. Ambrose gave the Blessed Mother the title of “Mother of the Church,” underscoring her profound role in our spiritual journey. It was also proclaimed by St. Paul VI in 1964 at the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council’s third session. Finally, after centuries of thought and devotion, Pope Francis brought this teaching and title to the General Roman Calendar so that we might better remember that Our Blessed Mother provides a maternal care that began from the moment that Jesus spoke from the Cross the words, “Behold your mother.”

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Jesus Restores Us - Weekday Homily Video

“Do you love me more than these…?” This question from Jesus to Peter has always been there, but it's only recently that its significance has dawned on me in a new way. What, or who, was Jesus referring to when he said the phrase “…more than these?” Logically, it would seem that Jesus was asking Peter if he loved Him more than the other apostles. If that is true, what was the significance of Jesus asking Peter this question before He ascended to Heaven?

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