HEROES NEED HEROES - Homily for Baccalaureate Mass for Thomas Aquinas College
Full text of the homily available at: https://www.thomasaquinas.edu/news/fr-blahas-homily-baccalaureate-mass-holy-spirit
May 17, 2022
TO BE QUIET SO AS TO HEAR - Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter
"The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art." Sacrosanctum Concilium, The Second Vatican Council
May 11, 2022
EL PASTOR QUE NOS CALLA - Homilia para el cuarto domingo de Pascua
«La tradición musical de la Iglesia universal constituye un tesoro de valor inestimable que sobresale entre las demás expresiones artísticas, principalmente porque el canto sagrado, unido a las palabras, constituye una parte necesaria o integral de la liturgia solemne.» --El Concilio Vaticano Segundo
May 09, 2022
WHICH THESE? Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter
In the final three paragraphs of the fascinating memoir he wrote while still Prefect of the Congregation, Cardinal Ratzinger explained the significance of the bear: According to legend, on his way from Germany to Rome in the early 700s, St. Corbinian’s horse was torn to pieces by a bear. Corbinian reprimanded the bear, loaded onto it the pack the horse had been carrying, and made the bear haul that burden all the way to Rome. Only then did Corbinian release the bear. Then Cardinal Ratzinger quotes Psalm 22 (“When my heart was bewildered, I was stupid and ignorant. I was like a dumb beast before You. I am always with You). He tells us that in those very words, St. Augustine spoke of the burdens he carried once he became bishop: A draft animal am I before You . . . for You. And this is precisely how I abide with You. How often, continues Cardinal Ratzinger, writing the last paragraphs of his memoir . . . did Augustine protest to heaven against all the trifles that continually blocked his path and kept him from the intellectual work he knew to be his deepest calling! But this is where the Psalm helps him avoid bitterness: ‘Yes, indeed, I am become a draft animal, a beast of burden, an ox — and yet this is just the way in which I abide with You, serving You, just the way in which You keep me in your hand.’ And then, years before he became Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Ratzinger says: The heavily laden bear that took the place of St. Corbinian’s horse, or rather donkey — the bear that became his donkey against its will: is this not an image of what I should do and of what I am?
May 01, 2022
NOTHING BUT INDIVIDUALS - Homily for Divine Mercy Sunday
For God there are only individuals. Nicolás Gomez Dávila, Escolios a un Texto Implícito
April 25, 2022
PARA DIOS NO HAY SINO INDIVIDUOS - Homilia de Divina Misericordia
Para Dios no hay sino individuos. --Nicolás Gomez Dávila, Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 26.
April 25, 2022
NO MERE HUMAN - Homily for Good Friday
Delivered at Christ the King Catholic School
April 15, 2022
CATHOLICISM IS FOR EVERYONE - Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent
Of Hildebrand’s thirty books surely one of the most interesting for our generation is Trojan Horse in the City of God: The Catholic Crisis Explained (1967). An early post-Vatican II book written more than fifty years ago, Hildebrand proved once again, as he did in the 1920s when he was among the first to warn about the coming disaster of Nazism, that he was prophetic in detecting the ominous storm clouds gathering over the Catholic Church. His wife Alice reported that on his deathbed Hildebrand referred to himself as having the soul of a lion. It could be said that in this book he roared like a lion at the herd of Trojan horses galloping toward the vaulted halls of the Vatican. John Cardinal O’Connor in his introduction to The Trojan Horse remarked that the glorious achievements of Vatican II were undermined and sabotaged by those who sought to remake the Church in their own image. Hildebrand saw this happening, and Cardinal O’Connor believed there is reason to believe that what Hildebrand saw in 1967, and warned us against with all his powers of persuasion, is even more worthy of being opposed and defeated today by those who see clearly the secularist invasion of the Church. In his own introduction to the book, Hildebrand makes clear his thesis: “We shall try to shed some light on the confusions, the apostasies, and the disclosures of loss of faith that are to be found among those who trumpet forth the claim that they are the true interpreters of the Council…. we shall try to examine all the horrible errors that are being propagated now by the so-called progressives.” -- Carl Sundell, 2018
March 20, 2022
LEST WE FORGET - Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent
"As they stared blankly, in dumb misery deepening as they slowly realized all they had seen and all they had lost, a capricious little breeze, dancing up from the surface of the water and blew lightly and caressingly on their faces, and with its soft touch came instant oblivion. For this is the last, best gift that the kindly demigod is careful to bestow on those to whom he has revealed himself in their helping: the gift of forgetfulness. Lest the awful remembrance should remain and grow, and overshadow mirth and pleasure, and the great haunting memory should spoil all the after-lives of little animals helped out of difficulties, in order that they should be as happy and light-hearted as before." The Wind in the Willows
March 13, 2022
IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO TWO - Homily for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
This is an old idea--one that started way earlier than the last time I used this image, three years ago in the lectionary cycle. "Accordingly, two cities have been formed by two loves: the earthly by the love of self, even to the contempt of God; the heavenly by the love of God, even to the contempt of self. The former, in a word, glories in itself, the latter in the Lord. For the one seeks glory from men; but the greatest glory of the other is God, the witness of conscience. The one lifts up its head in its own glory; the other says to its God, 'Thou art my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.'” Saint Augustine, The City of God, Book XIV, Chapter 28
February 28, 2022
ARE WE THE MOST PITIABLE OF ALL? - Homily for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Want to assist with the project of restoring the communion rail to use in Blessed Sacrament Church? You can give online at https://blessedsacramentkck.weshareonline.org/ Make sure you include a reference to the communion rail in the comment portion of the form. My rough and ready translation of Father Pro's meditation on the empty tabernacles is corrected and somewhat improved below. "Lord, return to the Sanctuary! May the Tabernacle no longer be empty... See how on their Calvary so many souls beg for it, O my Jesus! "Your souls, Lord, crucified in the cross of suffering, torn to pieces by the deepest grief imaginable: the sorrow of your absence! "Lord of the Sanctuary, you left. You left, Lord, and since then the bells are silent, the churches deserted, the altar bereft of sacrifice, the choirs silent, sanctuaries without flowers, the candles mournful without their golden flame, the cavernous naves grieving and empty, though a fluttering prayer stirs mysterious wings; all immersed in silence and drowsiness, everything quiet and sad, full of trouble, death, and forgetfulness. "Lord, why did you leave? There, before the Sanctuary in the mysterious encounter of love, to the trembling light of the lamp that left the altar in shadow, came the pilgrims of life, the enormous caravan of those that carry in their wounded souls the perpetual fright of the day to come; those carrying the cross of the present, bearing the corpse of the past like a dead weight pressing down upon their broken hearts; the grieving, the aging, the orphan, the worn, the ill and weak and hungry, and all the many captives of sin, the whole legion of suffering... "They used to go to You, Lord, their star and beacon; and they found in You blessing and consolation, in their abandonment, refuge; resignation and balm in their grief. What pain could not be forgotten in the presence of the love of a God that gave his bodily life on the cross, for the happiness of ungrateful sinners? "What sadness could endure, what harsh grief would not fade, what unspeakable pain could not be consoled, by a God that weeps with us, that suffers for us and keeps watch, imploring, day and night in the Sanctuary? But you are not there; we do not meet you there in our sweet meeting place; in the desolation of our affliction we inquire: Lord, where should we go? "A hellish breeze roams the streets; the restlessness peaks, and before the threating mist, all hope of brightness is extinguished. Souls are alone, the barque of Peter seems to have wrecked, and the divine figure of Jesus of Tiberias does not break through the black night, neither holding back the fury of the waves nor calming the devastating storm. "Why have you abandoned us? Lord, if You forgive the one that acknowledges his fault and repents of it, have mercy on your Mexico... she knows the enormity of her sins and praises you in all reverence as her King. Those who offended You yesterday, now contrite they turn their eyes to You..."
February 14, 2022
VUELVE AL SAGRARIO - Homilia de domingo VI
Las meditaciones y oraciónes de Beato Miguel Pro SJ: https://www.morderlarealidad.com/2021/11/24/beato-miguel-agustin-pro-9-9-oraciones-y-meditaciones-del-p-pro/ «¡Señor, vuelve al Sagrario! Ya no esté el Tabernáculo vacío... Mira que en su calvario lo piden tantas almas, ¡Jesús mío! «Almas tuyas, Señor, crucificadas en la cruz del dolor despedazadas por el duelo más hondo en la existencia ¡el dolor de tu ausencia! «Tú te fuiste, Señor de los Sagrarios. Tú te fuiste, Señor, y desde entonces mudos están los bronces, los templos solitarios, sin sacrificio el ara, mudo el coro, los altares sin rosas, tristes los cirios de la llama de oro, tristes las amplias naves solitarias, sin que agite sus alas misteriosas un vuelo de plegarias; todo en silencio y en sopor sumido, todo callado y triste, todo tribulación, muerte y olvido... «Señor, ¿por qué te fuiste? Allí junto al Sagrario en la cita de amor y de misterio, a la trémula luz del lampadario, que dejaba en penumbra el presbiterio, iban los peregrinos de la vida, la inmensa caravana de los que llevan en el alma herida el sobresalto eterno del mañana; los que arrastran la cruz de su presente y cargan el cadáver del pasado como muerto que pesa enormemente dentro del corazón despedazado; el triste, el viejo, el huérfano, el cansado, el enfermo y el débil y el hambriento, y todos los cautivos del pecado, y toda la legión del sufrimiento... «Iban a Ti, Señor, estrella y faro; y encontraban en Ti dicha y consuelo, en su abandono amparo; resignación y bálsamo en su duelo. ¡Qué pena no se olvida con el amor de un Dios que dio su vida corporal en la cruz! ¿Por la ventura de todos los ingratos pecadores? «¿Qué tristeza perdura, qué duelo no mitiga sus rigores, qué indecible dolor no se consuela cuando hay un Dios que con nosotros llora, que sufre por nosotros y que implora y noche y día en el Sagrario vela...? Pero no estás allí, no te encontramos en el dulce lugar de nuestra cita; en la desolación de nuestra cuita inquirimos: Señor, ¿a dónde vamos? «Soplo de infierno en el ambiente vaga; la inquietud en su cenit culmina, y ante la cerrazón de la neblina, toda esperanza del fulgor se apaga. Las almas están solas, parece que naufraga la barquilla de Pedro, y la figura divina del Jesús del Tiberíades, no rasga de la noche la negrura, ni serena la furia de las olas ni calma las deshechas tempestades. «¿Por qué nos abandonas? Señor, si Tú perdonas a todo el que su culpa reconoce y de ella se arrepiente. Ten piedad de tu México... Conoce toda la enormidad de sus delitos y como a Rey te aclama reverente. Los que ayer te ofendieron, ya contritos a ti vuelven los ojos...»
February 13, 2022
DEEP WATER STEWARDS - Homily for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
"One needs to open one’s heart to the abundance of grace and to allow the word of the Redeemer to act with all its power: ‘Duc in altum!’ Whoever opens his heart to Christ will not only understand the mystery of his own existence, but also that of his own vocation; he will bear the abundant fruit of grace." Pope Saint John Paul II, 2005 World Day of Prayer for Vocations
February 07, 2022
COMING OF AGE - Homily for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
[The Church needs] a change of mindset, particularly concerning laypeople. They must no longer be viewed as ‘collaborators’ of the clergy, but truly recognized as ‘co-responsible’ for the Church’s being and action — thereby fostering the consolidation of a mature and committed laity. Pope Benedict XVI, Address to the Roman Clergy, 2009
January 17, 2022
RIVER JORDAN RESOLUTIONS - Homily for the Baptism of the Lord
If we believe in God we should not say, “I believe in God,” but rather, “God believes in me.” Nicolas Gomez Dávila, Scholia on an Implicit Text, 1128 There are those who, while they recognize the glory of God as well as the importance of man and the call addressed to him in general, believe in false humility, that the call is meant for all others but not for their own person. They deem their own person too wretched to dare assume that they may refer the divine call to themselves. They would hide in a corner and play the part of mere onlookers. The sight of their wretchedness impels them to exclude themselves from the great dialogue between God and man. This ostensible excess of humility, for all the diffidence it involves, is not free of an element of pride. For here, once more, man presumes to decide himself where he stands, instead of leaving that decision to God. Yet, this is precisely the test of true humility, that one no longer presumes to judge whether or not one is too miserable to be included in the call to sanctity but simply answers the merciful love of God by sinking down in adoration. Dietrich von Hildebrand, Transformation in Christ
January 09, 2022
OF DAVID'S BLOOD - Homily for Christmas
We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of growing on good rain and black loam. Even fireworks, for all their prettiness, come from the chemistry of the earth. Yet somehow we think we can grow, feeding on flowers and fireworks, without completing the cycle back to reality. Do you know the legend of Hercules and Antaeus, the giant wrestler, whose strength was incredible so long as he stood firmly on the earth? But when he was held, rootless, in midair, by Hercules, he perished easily. If there isn’t something in that legend for us today, in this city, in our time, then I am completely insane. Professor Faber
December 26, 2021
THE JOY OF REPENTANCE - Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
The passage read as the spiritual sense of the Gospel of this fourth Sunday of Advent is 2 Samuel 6:1-19 Linked here for your convenience: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/2samuel/6
December 19, 2021
AT THE HOUR OF DEATH - Homily for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
"Although nothing is to be seen, the soul senses very sharply the presence of an evil power which wants to influence it to give up: the sins are too many and too horrible to allow any hope. But it also senses another spiritual power present. It may be the guardian angel soothing the soul, reminding it, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow: reminding the soul of the bottomless mercy and love of the heavenly Father whom it is to meet very soon now." Read the Baroness' journal entry about her near-death experience: https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/religion-and-philosophy/spiritual-life/preparing-to-be-called-to-account.html
November 14, 2021
CAIN AND THE GOSPEL OF LIFE - Homily for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Take time to read Pope Saint John Paul II's encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, available on the Vatican website. https://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_25031995_evangelium-vitae.html
October 31, 2021
DEAL WITH THE DEVIL - Homily for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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October 30, 2021
TIMELY HELP - Homily for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
"What were his thoughts during this part of the journey? As in the morning he watched the passing of trees, thatched roofs, tilled fields, the changing vistas appearing at every bend in the road, an occupation soothing to the spirit that may almost take the place of thought. Nothing can be sadder or more profound than to see a thousand things for the first and last time. To journey is to be born and die each minute. Perhaps somewhere in the vague recesses of his mind he perceived parallels between this series of dissolving views and our human life. All the elements of life are in constant flight from us, with darkness and clarity intermingled, the vision and the eclipse; we look and hasten, reaching out our hands to clutch; every happening is a bend in the road… and suddenly we have grown old. We have a sense of shock and gathering darkness; ahead is a black doorway; the life that bore us is a flagging horse, and a veiled stranger is waiting in the shadows to unharness it." Hugo describing the thoughts of Jean Valjean, on the way to court
October 25, 2021
LOOK UPSTREAM - Homily for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Free. Total. Faithful. Fruitful. Delivered at Christ the King Catholic Church, 9:30am 3 October 2021
October 03, 2021
SCHOOL OF HOME - Meeting 2: The Bored Day
Check out this post for the show notes: https://telegra.ph/School-of-Home---The-Bored-Day-10-03 Don't forget to check out The Children's Homer for a great story to listen to as a family: https://anchor.fm/ctk-story-hour
October 03, 2021
SCHOOL OF HOME - Introduction
A brief explanation of what School of Home at Christ the King is all about.
September 19, 2021
THAT WILL BE SEVENTY FIVE DOLLARS - Homily for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Preached at Christ the King Catholic Church, 9:30am Mass, 5 September 2021
September 05, 2021
THE BEST IS YET TO COME - Homily for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
"In your observance of the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin upon you, you shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it. Observe them carefully, for thus will you give evidence of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations, who will hear of all these statutes and say, ‘This great nation is truly a wise and intelligent people.’" Deuteronomy 4:6
August 30, 2021
UNA ESCLAVITUD LIBRE - Homilia del XXI Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario
Sálvense de esta generación perversa. Hechos de los Apostoles 2, 40
August 22, 2021
MAPS OF MEANING - Homily for the Solemnity of the Assumption
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August 15, 2021
THE VICTIMS OF THE MERCILESS - Homily for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Preached at Blessed Sacrament Church, 8 August 2021
August 08, 2021
A BOY NAMED SAUL - Homily for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted... to grant to those who mourn in Zion-- ... the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit-- that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified." Isaiah 61:1,3 Today's episode of Reading Rainbow mentioned the following books: Come, Be My Light, by St. Teresa of Calcutta Blessed Miguel Pro, by Ann Ball Stages on the Road, by Sigrid Undset Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Conquest of Darkness, by Warren Carroll Homily delivered at Christ the King Catholic Church, 4 July 2021
July 04, 2021
YELLOWSTONE SOULS - Homily for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Preached at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church 27 June 2021
June 27, 2021
MAN = FATHER - Homily for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
This homily revisits a set of reflections on fatherhood first given in 2015. I find the truths here worth perennial contemplation.
June 20, 2021
MAY YOUR GARDEN BE LUSH - Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year
The Scriptures this Sunday are full of imagery of leafy gardens and strong, branching trees. These are the images the Scriptures use for living well ordered lives--which is precisely the goal of "Ordinary Time," which is a bit of a misnomer. Better to call it "ordered time," to evoke the ordering of our lives around the sacred mysteries celebrated in Christmas and Easter, Corpus Christ and the Holy Trinity. As we pass from the heights of celebration, let's make good resolutions to follow through on the inspirations and consolations we received in those transformative seasons.
June 13, 2021
IT IS NOT ABILITY WE LACK BUT MOTIVATION - Homily for the Ascenion & Pentecost
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May 22, 2021
ANIMA SANA IN CORPORE SANO - Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter
May your people exult for ever, O God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit, so that, rejoicing now in the restored glory of our adoption, we may look forward in confident hope to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.
April 19, 2021
A FAR GREEN COUNTRY - Reflections on the mystery of death
Preached at Christ the King Church, the Octave of Easter, 2021
April 19, 2021
NO CHEAP GRACE - Homily for Easter Sunday
"Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ." Dietrich Bonhoeffer
April 08, 2021
INSIDE OUT - Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent
"Under the dispensation of the Spirit all things were to become new and to be reversed. Strength, numbers, wealth, philosophy, eloquence, craft, experience of life, knowledge of human nature, these are the means by which worldly men have ever gained the world. But in that kingdom which Christ has set up, all is contrariwise." --Saint John Henry Newman, to whom the majority of the thoughts in this homily are to be attributed, Deo gratias. https://www.newmanreader.org/works/parochial/volume6/sermon22.html
March 14, 2021
ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES - Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Lent
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, All I have and call my own. You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace, that is enough for me.
March 01, 2021
POLYCARP AND THE SEARCH FOR MEANING - Homily for the Memorial of St. Polycarp
This homily was preached at Christ the King at the opening Mass for our faculty formation days, in which a representative of the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education presented to us on the liberal arts pedagogy being implemented at Christ the King Catholic School. Please forgive my errata on the details of Polycarp's life and martyrdom.
February 24, 2021
THE UNIVERSE IS A CHICKEN COOP - Homily for the First Sunday of Lent
"What is a farm but a mute gospel? The chaff and the wheat, weeds and plants, blight, rain, insects, sun — it is a sacred emblem from the first furrow of spring to the last stack which the snow of winter overtakes in the fields.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
February 23, 2021
BE NOT RASH - Homily for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
"Every good Christian ought to be more ready to give a favorable interpretation to another's statement than to condemn it. But if he cannot do so, let him ask how the other understands it. And if the latter understands it badly, let the former correct him with love. If that does not suffice, let the Christian try all suitable ways to bring the other to a correct interpretation so that he may be saved." Saint Ignatius Loyola
January 17, 2021
THE EPIPHANY CONTINUES - Homily for the Epiphany
“Christ is always present in his Church, especially in her liturgical celebrations. He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass, not only in the person of his minister, but especially under the Eucharistic species…, in the sacraments…, in his word…, and when the Church prays and sings…. Rightly, then, the liturgy is considered as an exercise of the priestly office of Jesus Christ." --The Second Vatican Council, Sacrosanctum Concilium “What was visible in our Savior has passed over into his sacraments.” --Saint Leo the Great
January 07, 2021
A SECRET OF A SECRET - Homily for Christmas
Christmas joy that lasts.
December 28, 2020
RETRATO DE FAMILIA CATOLICA - Homilia para la Sagrada Familia
This homily was delivered in Spanish. Yo pasé unas semanas meditanto y escribiendo este retrato de palabras para nuestras familias de la escuela Christ the King Clasiscal, y me gustaría compartirlo con ustedes como meditación sobre la importancia y dignidad de la familia.
December 28, 2020
RISKY BUSINESS - Homily for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Avoid the peddlers of outrage and despair. Do not retreat into a Stoic withdrawal and observe with grim satisfaction as the world crumbles about you. Cultivate the hope of the saints that nothing given to God is given in vain. I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the LORD, and my recompense with my God. (Isaiah 49:4)
November 16, 2020
LOOK ALONG THE LIGHT - Homily for the Solemnity of All Saints
You can view All or Nothing (the documentary about Sister Clare Crockett mentioned in today's homily) by clicking this link or by searching YouTube for the title.
November 02, 2020
REPAIRING FOUNDATIONS & ONE-ISSUE VOTERS - Homily for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
"The Church’s teachings concerning contingent situations are subject to new and further developments and can be open to discussion, yet we [as pastors] cannot help but be concrete—without presuming to enter into details—lest the great social principles remain mere generalities which challenge no one. . . . The Church’s pastors, taking into account the contributions of the different sciences, have the right to offer opinions in all that affects people’s lives, since the task of evangelization implies and demands the integral promotion of each human being." Pope Francis, quote in Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship Statement by Archbishop Joseph Naumann
October 18, 2020
WHEN WILL IT GET BETTER? - Homily for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
From Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical Spe Salvi: We who have always lived with the Christian concept of God, and have grown accustomed to it, have almost ceased to notice that we possess the hope that ensues from a real encounter with this God. The example of a saint of our time can to some degree help us understand what it means to have a real encounter with this God for the first time. I am thinking of the African Josephine Bakhita, canonized by Pope John Paul II. She was born around 1869—she herself did not know the precise date—in Darfur in Sudan. At the age of nine, she was kidnapped by slave-traders, beaten till she bled, and sold five times in the slave-markets of Sudan. Eventually she found herself working as a slave for the mother and the wife of a general, and there she was flogged every day till she bled; as a result of this she bore 144 scars throughout her life. Finally, in 1882, she was bought by an Italian merchant for the Italian consul Callisto Legnani, who returned to Italy as the Mahdists advanced. Here, after the terrifying “masters” who had owned her up to that point, Bakhita came to know a totally different kind of “master”—in Venetian dialect, which she was now learning, she used the name “paron” for the living God, the God of Jesus Christ. Up to that time she had known only masters who despised and maltreated her, or at best considered her a useful slave. Now, however, she heard that there is a “paron” above all masters, the Lord of all lords, and that this Lord is good, goodness in person. She came to know that this Lord even knew her, that he had created her—that he actually loved her. She too was loved, and by none other than the supreme “Paron”, before whom all other masters are themselves no more than lowly servants. She was known and loved and she was awaited. What is more, this master had himself accepted the destiny of being flogged and now he was waiting for her “at the Father's right hand”. Now she had “hope” —no longer simply the modest hope of finding masters who would be less cruel, but the great hope: “I am definitively loved and whatever happens to me—I am awaited by this Love. And so my life is good.” Through the knowledge of this hope she was “redeemed”, no longer a slave, but a free child of God. She understood what Paul meant when he reminded the Ephesians that previously they were without hope and without God in the world—without hope because without God. Hence, when she was about to be taken back to Sudan, Bakhita refused; she did not wish to be separated again from her “Paron”. On 9 January 1890, she was baptized and confirmed and received her first Holy Communion from the hands of the Patriarch of Venice. On 8 December 1896, in Verona, she took her vows in the Congregation of the Canossian Sisters and from that time onwards, besides her work in the sacristy and in the porter's lodge at the convent, she made several journeys round Italy in order to promote the missions: the liberation that she had received through her encounter with the God of Jesus Christ, she felt she had to extend, it had to be handed on to others, to the greatest possible number of people. The hope born in her which had “redeemed” her she could not keep to herself; this hope had to reach many, to reach everybody.
October 11, 2020
FATIMA AND PENANCE - Homily for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
To learn the story of Fatima: Fatima https://www.fatimathemovie.com/ The 13th Day Finding Fatima
October 05, 2020
THE DOORWAY OF DEATH - Homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
"If I go on living in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. And I do not know which I shall choose. I am caught between the two. I long to depart this life and be with Christ, for that is far better."
September 20, 2020
ONE YEAR IN - Homily for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
After a brief note on the Good & the Bad over my first year as pastor of Christ the King, Blessed Sacrament, and Our Lady & St. Rose, I present the possibility that the coming year will be not Ugly, but Beautiful. The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful. In this lengthier homily, I try to articulate the reasons--both practical and fundamental--as to why the style of music is changing at our parishes. Comments and feedback is always appreciated.
August 16, 2020
SAINT PETER AND SAINT NEWMAN PRAY BIG - Homily for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Teach me, my Lord, to be sweet and gentle in all the events of life; in disappointments, in the thoughtlessness of others, in the insincerity of those I trusted, in the unfaithfulness of those on whom I relied. Let me put myself aside to think of the happiness of others, to hide my little pains and heartaches, so that I may be the only one to suffer from them. Teach me to profit by the suffering that comes across my path. Let me so use it that it may mellow me, not harden or embitter me; that it may make me patient, not irritable; that it may make me broad in my forgiveness, not narrow, haughty or overbearing. May no one be less good for having come within my influence. No one less pure, less true, less kind, less noble for having been a fellow‐traveler in our journey toward eternal life. As I go my rounds from one distraction to another let me whisper, from time to time, a word of love to You. May my life be lived in the supernatural, full of power for good, and strong in its purpose of sanctity. Dear Jesus, help me to spread your fragrance everywhere. Flood my soul with Your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life may be only a radiance of Yours. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Your presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus. Saint John Henry Newman The Father Gilbert Prayer Book © 1965
August 09, 2020
SO WHAT - Homily for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The story I reference can be read in full here. https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2017/03/18600/ Support this podcast with a one-time or recurring donation! https://anchor.fm/hucklefather/support
July 06, 2020
DELIVERED FROM SIN - Homily for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Virtue and holiness is its own reward; sin is its own punishment. Deliver us, Lord, from hoping from any reward other than You.
June 29, 2020
HOPE IS NOT PROGRESS - Homily for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Holy Father's address, from which Archbishop Naumann's remarks were taken, can be found here: https://zenit.org/2020/02/28/the-holy-fathers-address-for-february-27-penitential-liturgy/
June 29, 2020
THE MORAL ECONOMY OF GUILT - Essay by Wilfred McClay
The following podcast is an audio version of an essay that attempts to peer into the spiritual and moral machinery of our culture and discern its workings. I have personally returned to this essay many times since its publication, and I regard it as one of the most important for getting a handle on what is happening in our country at the present time. A teaser: "How can one account for the rise of the extraordinary prestige of victims , as a category, in the contemporary world? The explanation is traceable to the extraordinary weight of guilt in our time, the pervasive need to find innocence through moral absolution, to discharge one’s moral burden, and to the fact that the conventional means of finding that absolution”or even of keeping the range of one’s responsibility for one’s sins within some kind of reasonable boundaries”are no longer generally available. Making a claim to the status of certified victim, or to identification with victims, however, offers itself as a substitute means by which the moral burden of sin can be shifted and one’s innocence affirmed." You can read the essay online here: https://www.firstthings.com/article/2011/05/the-moral-economy-of-guilt
June 08, 2020
SOURCE OF OUR STORE - Homily for Pentecost
Come, Holy Spirit, come! And from your celestial home Shed a ray of light divine! Come, Father of the poor! Come, source of all our store! Come, within our bosoms shine. You, of comforters the best; You, the soul’s most welcome guest; Sweet refreshment here below; In our labor, rest most sweet; Grateful coolness in the heat; Solace in the midst of woe. O most blessed Light divine, Shine within these hearts of yours, And our inmost being fill! Where you are not, we have naught, Nothing good in deed or thought, Nothing free from taint of ill. Heal our wounds, our strength renew; On our dryness pour your dew; Wash the stains of guilt away: Bend the stubborn heart and will; Melt the frozen, warm the chill; Guide the steps that go astray. On the faithful, who adore And confess you, evermore In your sevenfold gift descend; Give them virtue’s sure reward; Give them your salvation, Lord; Give them joys that never end. Amen. Alleluia.
June 01, 2020
COSMIC RETURN - Homily for the Ascension
"Monotheists believe their God created 1 billion trillion stars in the parts of the universe observable with telescopes on the Earth or in space—with a maximum of around 5,000 of them visible to the naked eye—so the inhabitants of earth would have a pretty sky to observe at night." --Atheist Tim Sledge
May 25, 2020
AN UNINTENDED MESSAGE - Homily for the Sixth Sunday of Easter
This homily was delivered at Our Lady & Saint Rose Church on Quindaro Boulevard the first weekend of public Masses in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.
May 20, 2020
RECLAIMING THE HOUSEHOLD - A reading of John Cuddeback's 2018 Essay
Since I'm on quarantine, I'm not doing homilies, but I thought this essay would be a great chance to reflect a little during these days of shelter-in-place. Dr. Cuddeback presents a perspective that has a lot of insight for how to make the most of these times. You can read the essay in full here: https://www.firstthings.com/article/2018/11/reclaiming-the-household Would you like more of Dr. Cuddeback's thoughts on how to flourish as a family? Listen to his address to the 2018 Prairie Troubador Symposium in Fort Scott, Kansas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEnuLluoFEA
April 26, 2020
THE CHURCH IS YOUNG - Homily for the Easter Vigil
After the homily, I've included a reading of Francis Thompson's poem, "The Hound of Heaven," which I reference in the homily. I hope you enjoy the reading in full. Thanks to Mike and Katie Cotter for the beautiful leatherbound copy of the poem, from which I read. P.S. The Spanish word I was hunting for was sabueso. Happy Easter to all!
April 12, 2020
Homily for Good Friday
Delivered at Blessed Sacrament Church, 10 April 2020
April 11, 2020
Daily Mass Audio with the Poor of Jesus Christ
Father Connor Danstrom (of Three Dogs North fame) mentioned he puts out the audio only of his Masses on his podcast. I found the idea appealing--a chance for the faithful to use their imaginations a bit. Amazon won't be delivering my high quality mics for another month or two, so the quality isn't great. It's just not up to me any more.
March 28, 2020
HUNGRY IS HEALTHY - Homily for the First Week of Lent
After a brief comment on the intercession of Saint Joseph in our community, we pause and try to swallow the improbable reality that God was tempted, and what that can mean for our own mortifications and determination to remain obedient to God even when tempted.
March 06, 2020
A VENTURE OF FAITH - Homily for Ash Wednesday / Lent
One of the most powerful sermons I have ever read by St. John Henry Newman speaks of the need to risk something for a future reward--by which is meant life after death. We risk it on the faith of Christ's word, not for any worldly benefit or improvement of our present life, but for hope of resurrection. Read the sermon of St. Newman in its entirety here.
February 28, 2020
SCHOOLS FOR WISDOM AND VIRTUE - Homily for the Presentation of the Lord
This homily for Catholic Schools Week is an invitation for all our parishioners to dig deep into the question: why do we have a Catholic School? Is it worth the time and money?
February 23, 2020
GO TO JOSEPH - Holy Family
Our parishes have been participating in the Seven Sundays of Saint Joseph Devotion, culminating with his Solemn Feast Day the 19th of March. I spoke about Saint Joseph some time ago and I thought it would be good to return to this homily as a reminder of why this devotion is important. I particularly recommend this essay summarizing the role of Saint Joseph in the Christian life.
February 20, 2020
MORE THAN JUST NO TALKING - Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent
The silence we keep is the condition of growth in prayer, and can even become prayer itself.
December 21, 2019
CONFESSION RENEWS THE FACE OF THE EARTH - Homily for Advent
The book quoted, referencing the effect that the widespread adoption of confession according to the Irish monks had on western civilization, is entitled Heroism and Genius: How Catholic Priests Helped Build—and Can Help Rebuild—Western Civilization, by William Slattery.
December 19, 2019
WE ARE FOR FIRE - Homily for the 20th Sunday
You see, there's good fire, and then there's bad fire... This homily was the first homily Father Blaha delivered at the English-speaking Masses at Blessed Sacrament, Christ the King, and Our Lady & St. Rose.
August 19, 2019
TRAFFICKING IN REPUTATIONS - From the Archives
A follow-up from last week's archival post, about the call to be transformed in that realm St. James calls the "bridle of the whole body"––our speech. "Look at the ships; though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So the tongue is a little member and boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature, and set on fire by hell" (James 3:4-6).
July 01, 2019
BAR THE EXITS - From the Archives
Since I’m away for continued studies this summer, it seemed worthwhile to dig through the archives and re-publish older homilies that were well received. Many of these homilies didn’t get imported to the current podcast feed on Anchor. This week’s homily is from Father’s Day 2016.
June 23, 2019
THE SPIRIT OF TRUST - Homily for Pentecost
Using the Litany of Trust by the Sisters of Life, it's not a tough thing to discover where the Spirit is trying the heart.
June 19, 2019
FINISH WELL - Homily for the Ascension
I thought I'd be wobblier.
June 15, 2019
A HEALTHY CATCH - Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter
The line on that hook is ever so fine, but it reaches to the heavens
May 15, 2019
BIG WORD - Homily for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
" Lightly men talk of saying what they mean. Often when he was teaching me to write in Greek the Fox would say, ‘Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you mean; that’s the whole art and joy of words.’ A glib saying. When the time comes to you at which you will be forced at last to utter the speech which has lain at the center of your soul for years, which you have, all that time, idiot-like, been saying over and over, you’ll not talk about joy of words. I saw well why the gods do not speak to us openly, nor let us answer. Till that word can be dug out of us, why should they hear the babble that we think we mean?" CS Lewis, Till We Have Faces
March 04, 2019
A CONTRADICTION AMONG THE ANOINTED
David understood that conflict among the Anointed was nonsense. Why can't we?
February 26, 2019
RISE NIGHT - Why God? Sebastian D'Amico
The first of a three part series: why should we believe God exists? Why should we think about arguments about why God exists?
February 26, 2019
OAKS OR FLOWERS - Homily for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion -- to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified. They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. Aliens shall stand and feed your flocks, foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers; but you shall be called the priests of the LORD, men shall speak of you as the ministers of our God; you shall eat the wealth of the nations, and in their riches you shall glory. Instead of your shame you shall have a double portion, instead of dishonor you shall rejoice in your lot; therefore in your land you shall possess a double portion; yours shall be everlasting joy. For I the LORD love justice, I hate robbery and wrong; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants shall be known among the nations, and their offspring in the midst of the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are a people whom the LORD has blessed. I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. Isaiah Chapter 61
February 26, 2019
MOTHER - Homily for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Latest episode of Didde Center Homily Podcasts
February 09, 2019
ABEL, ABRAHAM, MELCHIZEDEK - Homily for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Asking God to accept our sacrifice implies it might not be. This homily addresses what must be offered, how it is to be offered, under what forms it is to be offered, and by whom it is offered in order to be a pleasing sacrifice to God.
February 07, 2019
Talks on the Rocks - Phil Couture
We're grateful to Phil Couture for making the trip from Denver, Colorado to speak to us about his years as a missionary to the homeless on the streets. Phil offers some insight on how to help the people asking for help.
February 06, 2019
THE MONKS OF TIBHIRINE - Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Advent
Baruch's prophecy in light of Xavier Beauvais' 2011 film OF GODS AND MEN. Stream the film on Amazon, or for a more extended treatment, check out John Kiser's biography THE MONKS OF TIBHIRINE.
December 10, 2018
UNSCROOGED - Homily for the First Sunday of Advent
A call to unclench our fists and let the Church tell us an Advent story.
December 06, 2018
RISE Night Q & A w/Dan Kerr - Incarnation, Prayer, & Work
(2 of 2) Q&A from our evening with Dan Kerr, President of Saint Martin's Academy in Fort Scott, KS.
December 06, 2018
RISE Night w/Dan Kerr - Incarnation, Prayer, & Work
(Part 1 of 2) Daniel Kerr, President of newly founded Saint Martin's Academy, a boarding school and working farm in southeast Kansas, wants education to be simpler and to let reality do its work. http://saintmartinsacademy.org
December 06, 2018
DISASTER, EAGER HOPE, AND THE END OF THE WORLD - Homily for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
On the centennial of the Armistice ending the Great War, a meditation on the reproach of Christians and our need to embrace a real hope in the midst of the disasters from which we cannot deliver ourselves.
November 16, 2018
SAINTLY BUFFOONS & HOLY JESTERS - Homily for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
What if we celebrated Halloween like it was meant to be celebrated?
October 29, 2018
A DAILY REASON - Homily for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
On dangerous bedtime habits, a spiritual tip from a recovering alcoholic, and the canonization of Pope Saint Paul VI
October 15, 2018
Rise Night - The Incarnation and Aristotle's Forgotten Definition of Man
We welcomed Dr. Patrick Callahan to ESU for a great meditation on education, imitation, and the Trinity.
October 12, 2018
CHESTERTON: HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE FAITH
A delightful introduction to the figure of G.K. Chesterton by the President of the American Chesterton Society, Dale Ahlquist - Talks on the Rocks, Radius Brewery, February 2018
October 09, 2018
SKEPTICS AND DISCIPLES – Homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Speak Lord, your servant is listening.
September 23, 2018
SUFFERING FOR DUMMIES – Homily for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Blessed Angela of Foligno said, “If we knew the just value of suffering for God, it would become an object of plunder”–which is as much as to say that each one would seek an opportunity of robbing his neighbor of the occasions of suffering.
September 16, 2018
TO WHOM SHALL WE GO – Homily for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 27, 2018
WONDER & THANKS – Homily for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome back, Hornets! This week’s homily is a reflection on starting off on the right foot.
August 21, 2018
A MOTHER BETRAYED
Homilies referenced: A QUESTION OF CONSCIENCE: A QUESTION OF CONSCIENCE – Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Lent HIRELINGS (on Humanae Vitae, with extensive supplemental material): HIRELINGS – Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter
July 22, 2018
THE NURSING HANGOVER – Talks on the Rocks with Natalie Roberts, RN
Nurses are the most trusted professionals in America. Their reputation is deserved, but nothing comes without a cost. Natalie offers some straight talk about the joys and challenges that nurses & medical professionals face in their professional and personal lives.
July 16, 2018
SET SAIL – Homily for Pentecost
Pentecost Sunday 2018
May 23, 2018
HIRELINGS – Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter
Read Father James Dominic Brent’s essay on chastity and contraception (click title below to read): The link to the 1990 document by the Philippine Bishops containing the apology for lack of teaching on contraception and married life: here. Dr. Janet Smith and Mary Eberstadt present the data on which many of the statements in this homily are based. You can read them in full here: * “Contraception: Why Not?” (detailed essay) * “The Vindication of Humanae Vitae” (2008) * “The Prophetic Power of Humanae Vitae” (2018)
April 23, 2018
QUASIMODO – Homily for Divine Mercy Sunday
“Quasimodo’s cathedral was enough for him. It was peopled with marble figures of kings, saints and bishops who at least did not laugh in his face and looked at him with only tranquillity and benevolence. The other statues, those of monsters and demons, had no hatred for him – he resembled them too closely for that. It was rather the rest of mankind that they jeered at. The saints were his friends and blessed him; the monsters were his friends and kept watch over him. He would sometimes spend whole hours crouched before one of the statues in solitary conversation with it. If anyone came upon him then he would run away like a lover surprised during a serenade.” 214372
April 08, 2018
A BRAIDED MYSTERY – Homily for Holy Thursday
March 30, 2018
AN IMPASSIONED EXAMINATION – Homily for Passion Sunday
March 30, 2018
A QUESTION OF CONSCIENCE – Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Lent
Simply the best thing I’ve ever read on conscience can be found here: http://www.ewtn.com/library/curia/ratzcons.htm
February 25, 2018
RISE Night Kickoff – FURTHER UP, FURTHER IN
The kickoff for our Rise Night for the Spring 2018 semester. Michael Duryea, director of liturgy at Sacred Heart in Emporia, KS, was kind enough to deliver our opening testimony.
February 25, 2018
I CAN FEEL IT WORKING – Homily for Ash Wednesday
A Lenten Kickoff.
February 16, 2018
TALKS ON THE ROCKS – Dale Ahlquist on Chesterton
Thanks to Our Sunday Visitor for making Dale Ahlquist’s visit possible! You can buy Dale’s (and Chesterton’s) recommended books here: https://www.chesterton.org/product-category/books/
February 09, 2018
DRINK – Homily for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
I’d like to coin a new acronym: VIPYNHO (pronounced “VIP – in – how”). As in, Very Important Person You Never Heard Of.
February 05, 2018
GOD’S RESPONSIBILITY – Homily for the 4th Sunday in OT
Excerpts from “Who is a Christian?” by Hans Urs von Balthasar
January 30, 2018
RISE NIGHT – Love in the Family
The final Rise Night of the semester (and wrap up to our theme of “Love in the Ruins” presents some testimony around what it means to love our families well–and discover the sweetness hidden in them.
December 15, 2017
ANSELM’S CALL – Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Advent
The prayer of Saint Anselm quoted at length in the homily can be found here. As promised in the homily, more information on the immigration issue: The USCCB released a document in 2003 on immigration entitled “Strangers No Longer“. A thoughtful exchange from two different perspectives can be found here. Another thoughtful, more recent essay from the same publication.
December 12, 2017
THE BIG THREE – Homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent
“Take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a snare; for it will come upon all who dwell upon the face of the whole earth. But watch at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of man.” Luke 21:34-37
December 03, 2017