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A Chat with St Augustine

  Today the Church celebrates the Feast of St Augustine, one of the great witnesses of God’s love, care and forgiveness. It is a privilege to have him with us to chat with today. Junjun Faithbook: St Augustine, thank you and welcome to my blog. You know I always admire you because you are such […]

Thank God for the gift of Faith

  Homily for 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time  year B 2012 As I look at all of you here today in this Mass, I can’t help but give thanks and praise to God for the gift of faith he has given to each and everyone of us. Yes, I really meant it. In fact I  can’t […]

To Whom shall we go?

Homily for Sunday XXI B 2012 I will begin tonight by saying something about the passage we’ve just heard from the letter to the Ephesians. At first hearing you might think the apostle Paul is trying to keep women in their place, but it is not that at all. It is an extended metaphor about […]

Eucharist: Nourishment for life

Sunday XX B 2012 For the past few weeks I have been insisting on the frequent use by rabbis of ‘bread’ as an image or metaphor for knowledge of God, which is true wisdom. The same thinking underlies today’s first reading from the book of Proverbs. Wisdom has built herself a house […] she has […]

Expressing our desire for God

Homily for 19th Sunday in Ordinary time year B 2012 I am going to tell you a secret and you can tell this to anyone- God has written something in our own hearts, in each one of us. Do you know what this is? It is ‘the desire for  him’ (CCC 27). Yes, whether we like it […]

Christian Community: Community of love

 Sunday XIX B 2012 Only last week we read that the people whom Moses had led to freedom soon began murmuring / whispering / complaining because they had left the comfort of captivity behind. They no longer had the food they’d always enjoyed in Egypt. Did he want them to die of hunger in the […]

What does it take to give up everything for Christ?

Homily for Youth Mass (Bendigo, Australia) Giving up everything for Christ Four years ago, a young man made an international headline because of his surprising move to give up his very promising career and entered the seminary to become a Catholic priest. Chase Hilgenbrinck, a very promising soccer-player who made it to the Major League […]