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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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  • Turning Hearts

    Contributed on Jun 16, 2018
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    What we need in this world is reconciliation of God and man, and of man to man.

    Thursday of the 11th Week in Course 2018 Reformation/Revolution Look closely at the words of the Lord’s Prayer and you will see, as the Church Fathers taught, the whole of the Gospel summarized in these petitions. Think of all the problems we face in our world today, and all that we have faced ...read more

  • "An Intelligent Notion Of Charity"

    Contributed on Jun 9, 2018
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    I think Thomas of Villanova is a saint for our times. He possessed what some have called "an intelligent notion of charity," getting at the problem of poverty at its root.

    Thursday of 10th Week in Course 2018 Reformation/Revolution The stories preserved in the first book of Kings about the prophet Elijah are some of the most gripping tales in all literature. The Church has been reading these narratives most of this month, and they are most appropriate, because ...read more

  • Christ, In Thy Mercy, Save Thou Me!

    Contributed on Jun 2, 2018
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    He will faithfully forgive us when we ask. But if when Nero demands we drop the incense in prayer to the emperor, if we deny Christ is Lord, then He must deny us.

    Thursday of 9th Week in Course 2018 Reformation/Revolution St. Paul wrote the second letter to bishop Timothy during his final imprisonment. Here he calls himself a “criminal,” probably because the cruel emperor Nero had made profession of faith in Christ a capital crime. It is likely that Paul ...read more

  • Mary As Ark Of The Covenant

    Contributed on May 26, 2018
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    "the original Protestant reformers maintained the traditional love and respect shown by and in the Church for the Blessed Virgin Mary."

    Visitation of the Blessed Virgin 2018 Reformation/Revolution John the Baptist was a prophet, and at the presence of Mary and the newly-conceived Jesus, his cousin, he did a little dance in his mother’s womb. Scripture scholars tell us that the OT scene evoked in the minds of first-century ...read more

  • Rich And Heartless, Or Rich And Generous?

    Contributed on May 19, 2018
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    Fail to correct your evil addictions, and lose eternally.

    Thursday of Pentecost Week 2018 Reformation/Revolution The epistle of St. James reads much like the preaching of an OT prophet like Isaiah or Jeremiah. Today James is directing his admonitions to those who are rich and heartless. One can with the grace of God be rich and humane, rich and ...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