Listen to homilies from Corpus Christi University Parish in Toledo, Ohio. We are a university parish, whose goal is to be a sign and instrument of the presence of Christ on the campus of the University of Toledo.
Father Jeremy Miller: “Too much of a good thing can actually be a bad thing, that’s the instinct of fasting.”
What fasting protects within us:
Fasting allows us to appreciate what we actually have.
Fasting allows us to develop a spirit of spontaneity.
Fasting protects us from heading into addiction, and the sudden lapse of judgement that comes from human judgment.
Fasting allows us to rest.
Deacon Justin Moor: “By looking for God in different faces and places God could be hiding this Advent, we will be preparing to open the greatest Christmas gift: the gift of finding the fullness of God in our lives.”
Father Jeremy Miller: "How do we close the gap between incongruent or disconnected parts? Religion is nothing else but the attempt to find the glue to bind together heaven and earth, God and man, and by extension that which binds us together."
Father Philip Smith: “Prayer can provide stability for the stressful moments, the unexpected moments where we have to make difficult decisions.”
3 lessons about making good, long-term decisions:
Take time to pause and reflect, ask the bigger questions.
Prayer can provide stability for the stressful moments, the unexpected moments where we have to make difficult decisions. We need to recharge our batteries spiritually.
God wants to share wisdom with us. If we’re seeking God’s wisdom, we can have confidence we’ll have the wisdom to make the hard decisions.
Father Jeremy Miller: "Unless we have an authentic, healthy self-love, it hurts how we love others. We project onto our love of neighbor the ways that other people have wounded us in terms of loving us."
Father Jeremy Miller: "Forgiveness is making a choice, choosing to let go of the bitterness, resentment, hatred and anger that we feel about someone that has hurt us. Often, we have a right to have it, but it's choosing to let go of that right to transcend and overcome and rise above that for the sake of our own inner peace and ultimately to want the good for the other person."
Father Jeremy Miller: “If we have to say something hard to someone, we do it in the most loving way possible and making sure that we’re first committed to our own humility and our own integrity before doing so.”
Deacon Justin Moor: “The 5 W questions of who, what, when, where and why help us better understand the important parts of any story. During the story of Peter walking on water to Jesus through the storm, these questions had to be swirling around in Peter’s head and heart.”
Deacon Justin Moor: “With this approach of loving, we see Jesus in each member of our families. This is the moment when we stop letting the way our family members have loved us be the limiting factor in the way we love them.”
Deacon Justin Moor: It may be hard for us to see it in the middle of the crisis we are in today, but it is when we look back on the crisis of another day that we can more clearly see God’s faithfulness to this promise of coming to us even in chaos of the crisis, even when it feels like our world as we knew it is falling down all around us.