Preached at the Catholic Campus Ministry Chapel of Our Lady of the Annunciation at Western Carolina University on May 5, 2019. "Jesus said to them, 'Come, have breakfast.' And none of the disciples dared to ask him, 'Who are you?' because they realized it was the Lord" (Jn 21:12).
Preached on May 5, 2019, at St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in Sylva, NC. " Jesus said to him... 'Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.' He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, 'Follow me'" (Jn 21:18-19).
Homily preached on Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion, April 14, 2019 (the anniversary of my ordination), at St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in Sylva, NC. " The women who had come from Galilee with him followed behind, and when they had seen the tomb and the way in which his body was laid in it, they returned and prepared spices and perfumed oils. Then they rested on the sabbath according to the commandment" (Lk 23:54-56).
A daily Mass homily preached on Friday, March 22, 2019 at St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in Sylva, NC. "In you, O Lord, I put my trust, let me never be put to shame; release me from the snare they have hidden for me, for you indeed are my refuge" (Ps 31).
A homily for the 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C) preached at the 11:00am Mass at St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in Sylva, NC.
" Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?
How can you say to your brother,
'Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,'
when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye?
You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter in your brother's eye."
The first greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. Shouldn't loving God be enough? Why must we also love our neighbor? A homily on the two greatest commandments preached at St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in Sylva, NC, on Nov. 4, 2018.
The final segment of a presentation given to the Education Vicariate of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, Sept 20, 2018. Here I give some practical advice, largely taken from personal experience, on making our homes into "domestic churches."
Presented to the Education Vicariate of the Diocese of Charlotte on Sept 20, 2018. In Part One, I offer my personal reflection on the term "domestic church," then look at the biblical and patristic roots of this term.
Homily given at the final Campus Mass of the academic year at Western Carolina University's Catholic Student Center & Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel.