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  • W Pat Cunningham

    Contributing sermons since Aug 5, 2008
W Pat's church

St. Pius X Parish
San Antonio, Texas 78209
210-824-0139

About W Pat
  • Education: BA and MA theology St. Mary’s University; MA education, Stanford; MSFS financial planning; MSM management
  • Experience: In church work since age 7; ordained deacon 2002. Catholic school principal 2001-2009
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I am just a sinner redeemed by the grace of Christ, who wants to attract others to His Gospel.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: The Gospel of Life, Spirit of the Liturgy, Vatican II
  • Family: Three grown, married daughters and ten grandchildren.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: They died before they heard any
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She says they are always good.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Keep your homilies below 10 minutes
  • Books that have had an impact: Scott Hahn: The Lamb’s Feast Benedict XVI: Introduction to Christianity, Spirit of the Liturgy Charles Chaput: Render Unto Caesar J. Budziewski: The meaning of Sex Ben Wiker: Moral Darwinism Robert Spitzer: Healing the Culture James Hitchcock: History of the Catholic Church
  • Hobbies: Writing, gardening
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Live and die in love.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: I prayed one election season for the election of godly candidates, and a prominent Democrat afterwards complained that I was shilling for Republican candidates.
  • What I want on my tombstone: Servant of God
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  • The Holy Spirit Of Witness And Division

    Contributed on Oct 21, 2018
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    The Spirit empowers, but the Spirit also divides. Because the Holy Spirit causes us to change our lives, and to summon our family and friends to the Christian way of life, conflict often emerges in relationships.

    Thursday of the 29th Week in Course 2018 The phrase, “fire that Our Lord came to cast down upon the earth” is reminiscent of an encounter Jesus had in his earthly life with James and John, sons of Zebedee. Some town had refused hospitality to Jesus and the disciples, so those two asked Jesus for ...read more

  • The Gospel Of Mercy And Compassion

    Contributed on Oct 13, 2018
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    Luke’s writings show the mercy and compassion of Jesus.

    Feast of St. Luke 2018 St. Paul had a long and fruitful ministry. He is certainly one of the patron saints of the new evangelization, but St. Luke, our day’s patron, is not far behind. Luke was a gentile who joined Paul on the missionary journey in which for the first time he crossed from Asia ...read more

  • Twenty Four Hours To Live

    Contributed on Oct 12, 2018
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    Suppose you knew that you would face your God sometime tonight. What would you spend your day doing? We would not waste one second of that precious time.

    Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Course 2018 Twenty four hours to Live Let me invite you all to do what we in science call a “thought experiment” for a while. Suppose, through a vision or a medical diagnosis you attained a 99% certainty that you will not wake up tomorrow morning. Suppose you knew that you ...read more

  • The Conditional Forgiveness Of God

    Contributed on Sep 29, 2018
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    The point is this–God will forgive any sin, any offense. Nothing will make Him so angry as not to forgive. Unless. Unless we come to that confession, to that communion, with an unforgiving heart.

    Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost Extraordinary Form “So also shall my heavenly Father do to you, if you do not forgive–every one of you–forgive your brother from the heart.” From the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti, Amen. There are very few ...read more

  • Saint Francis For The Twenty-First Century

    Contributed on Sep 29, 2018
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    St. Francis stands out in the thirteenth century, perhaps the last great Catholic century, and a recovery of his spirit would be a good start toward converting the culture of this twenty-first century.

    October 4, 2018 St. Francis of Assisi The saint we celebrate today is probably the most famous one of the second Christian millennium, and I suspect also the one we need most to emulate today. Our modern culture is steeped in materialism and consumerism. I can prove that by asking you to ...read more

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  • Now A Man Can Scarcely Arrive At The Needed ...

    Contributed on Jun 8, 2013
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    "Now a man can scarcely arrive at the needed sense of responsibility, unless his living conditions allow him to become conscious of his dignity, and to rise to his destiny by spending himself for God and for others. But human freedom is often crippled when a man encounters extreme poverty just as ...read more

  • Error Vs. Person In Error

    Contributed on Apr 26, 2013
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    ERROR VS. PERSON IN ERROR This love and good will, to be sure, must in no way render us indifferent to truth and goodness. Indeed love itself impels the disciples of Christ to speak the saving truth to all men. But it is necessary to distinguish between error, which always merits repudiation, ...read more

  • That Means, As Dominic Savio Once Said, ...

    Contributed on Mar 16, 2013
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    That means, as Dominic Savio once said, preferring death to ...read more

  • Only In Freedom Can Goodness Occur

    Contributed on Mar 16, 2013
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    Only in freedom can man direct himself toward goodness. Our contemporaries make much of this freedom and pursue it eagerly; and rightly to be sure. Often however they foster it perversely as a license for doing whatever pleases them, even if it is evil. For its part, authentic freedom is an ...read more

  • The Church, Therefore, Earnestly Desires That ...

    Contributed on Jan 26, 2013
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    The Church, therefore, earnestly desires that Christ's faithful, when present at this mystery of faith, should not be there as strangers or silent spectators; on the contrary, through a good understanding of the rites and prayers they should take part in the sacred action conscious of what they are ...read more