Catholic Homilies

(by Fr Phil Bloom)

Roots "A few years ago my brother did a DNA Ancestry Test. It was interesting to see the batch of different gene pools that we came out of..." (May 27, 2018 - Trinity Sunday)

Like a Rhizome "Gardeners know about rhizomes but it was a new word for me. A rhizome is a continuously growing underground stem..." (May 20, 2018 - Pentecost Sunday)

Bridging the Gap "Stop me if I seem too melancholy. :) I want face the bad news before giving you good news..." (May 13, 2018 - Ascension of Our Lord, Year B)

Organized Love "Few people fight more fiercely than those who have fallen out of love. Pope Benedict shows that eros love needs purification by a different kind of love..." (May 6, 2018 - Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B)

Material Relation with Jesus "Some members of Jesus' body are experiencing robust health. Others are going through hard times. We need each other..." (April 29, 2018 - Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year B)

First Quality of a Good Shepherd "I can share how moved I was by those men opening their hearts to Lord and to me as Jesus' representative. That's something that happens when..." (April 22, 2018 - Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B)

Evolutionary Leap "Like Pope Benedict he draws a comparison from the theory of evolution. He notes that people ask when the next step of evolution - the step to something beyond man - will happen...." (April 15, 2018 - Third Sunday of Easter, Year B)

MeToo & Need for Mercy "Sometimes people think that Christians made up the idea of sin and have imposed guilt. But consider last year's Me Too movement..." (April 8, 2018 - Divine Mercy Sunday)

Homilies for Triduum 2018:

Holy Thursday
Good Friday
Easter Sunday

The Joke's On Satan "When they closed Jesus' grave with a huge stone his triumph seemed complete. He could now forget Jesus forever. But the joke's on Satan. April Fools to him!" (April 1, 2018 - Easter Sunday)

What is Truth? "Jesus has just said that he comes to testify to the truth and that those who belong to the truth listen to him. Pilate shows little curiosity..." (March 30, 2018 - Good Friday)

A Girl Gives her Life for Jesus "All of you have heard of Billy Graham's death. The closest we Catholics had was Bishop Fulton Sheen..." (March 29, 2018 - Holy Thursday Homily bilingual)

Finding Hope When Life Hurts Week 6: Best Holy Week Ever "Judgment is often misguided and cruel but that does not mean we should be like Pilate. He avoided responsibility by cynically asking, "What is truth?" For that question I offer you a CD titled, "Who Am I to Judge?" ..." (March 25, 2018 - Palm Sunday)

Finding Hope When Life Hurts Week 5: Stop Procrastinating "What have you been putting off? Losing weight? Mending a relationship? Cleaning out closets? Job hunting? Write down the top three. I'll share mine. Your top three will be different but here are mine..." (March 18, 2018 - Fifth Sunday of Lent)

Finding Hope When Life Hurts Week 4: Believe "'This is not from you; it is a gift from God so no one may boast.' That's reason to rejoice isn't it? You notice I'm wear rose vestments..." (March 11, 2018 - Fourth Sunday of Lent)

Finding Hope When Life Hurts Week 3: The True Temple "Dr. Pitre then describes something I never thought about: What happens to the blood of all the lambs sacrificed in the Jewish Temple?..." (March 4, 2018 - Third Sunday of Lent)

Finding Hope When Life Hurts Week 2: Pivotal Moment "For us February 4, 11:04 am, was a pivotal moment as Sister Barbara passed from this life surrounded by parishioners singing 'Amazing Grace'..." (February 25, 2018 - Second Sunday of Lent)

Finding Hope When Life Hurts Week 1: Boundaries "Fr. Sica's recommendation for the First Sunday of Lent may at first surprise you. He describes the importance of boundaries..." (February 18, 2018 - First Sunday of Lent)

Finding Hope When Life Hurts "The blues come over me suddenly and I feel empty. A Lenten booklet is helping me: Finding Hope When Life Hurts..." (February 14, 2018 - Ash Wednesday)

Becoming a Missionary Disciple Week 5: Healing Touch "Do we really want to be healed? President Lyndon Johnson told a story about man who was losing his hearing. He goes to a doctor..." (February 11, 2018 - Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Becoming a Missionary Disciple Week 4: Take up your Burden " I picture a young man walking a lonely road. Ear buds connected, unsure where he's headed, all of a sudden he sees something strange..." (February 4, 2018 - Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Becoming a Missionary Disciple Week 3: Why Jesus' Authority is Different " Why should we repent? Why should we believe? Why should we follow Jesus? To many people Jesus is a moral teacher along with Socrates, Confucius and the Buddha. So what? There are thousands of them..." (January 28, 2018 - Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Becoming a Missionary Disciple Week 2: Let Jesus Lift Your Guilt "I want to free people from guilt - and myself too. But how? Consider three instances of guilt..." (January 21, 2018 - Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Becoming a Missionary Disciple Week 1: Meeting Jesus and Inviting Others "I don't know about you, but I don't find it easy to share something personal with a brother. What if he laughs? Or worse..." (January 14, 2018 - Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B)

Facing the Perceived Conflict of Science and Religion "When researchers interviewed young people they said things like:

Combatting a Philosophy that Destroys Our Children "Epicureanism - the view that everything is accidental and random - is the default philosophy of our culture. It dominates the media, the educational system, even courts of law. But we have powerful weapons, namely prayer and fasting..." (January 1, 2018 - Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God)

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