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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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  • Not For Shameful Gain

    Contributed on Feb 17, 2018
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    There are all kinds of examples, great ones and poor ones, among the popes.

    Feast of the Chair of St. Peter 2018 Reformation/Revolution Today’s Catholic feast celebrates the “chair” or authority given by Christ to St. Peter and his successors, one that has its foundations in the Old Testament. We see St. Peter as the vicar, or maybe viceroy or even “chief of staff” of ...read more

  • The Time Is Fulfilled

    Contributed on Feb 11, 2018
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    Isn’t it true that when humans fail, sin, even commit the most awful injustices, God’s mercy is ever present, ever able to forgive when we repent?

    First Sunday of Lent 2018 We come to Mass on the First Sunday of Lent, full of energy that has not diminished since we crowded the churches on Ash Wednesday. We know that the Word of God on this special Lord’s Day reminds us of the Lord Jesus’s battle with the Enemy of mankind, the one Scripture ...read more

  • Two Spiritual Mindsets

    Contributed on Feb 10, 2018
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    The growth mindset, by contrast, believes that there is no limit to our ability to learn, grow and change for the better.

    Thursday after Ash Wednesday 2018 Reformation/Revolution Now what? We have received our ashes, symbol of our turning back or turning more faithfully to God. We have begun our Lenten journey, forty days and a triduum toward the destination of Christ’s Resurrection. What do we do now? Our ...read more

  • Christians And The Clash Of Cultures

    Contributed on Feb 3, 2018
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    How should Christians treat those of different cultures and traditions and religions?

    Thursday of the 5th Week in course 2018 Reformation/Revolution Our Scriptures today ought to be at least a little disturbing to us today. In first Kings, Solomon, who was the anointed of God, the heir to the great king David, apostatizes. He had what we can only call a “mess” of wives. ...read more

  • The Sacramental Gifts

    Contributed on Jan 27, 2018
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    Every denomination has its own take on sacrament, and some deny that there are any sacraments, even Baptism, that are normally required for salvation. But Scripture helps us solve the problem.

    Thursday of the 4th Week in Course 2018 Reformation/Revolution The forty years that King David ruled over Israel were looked upon in later centuries as a kind of golden age, one that extended into the early years of his son, Solomon. David was chosen by God through the prophet Samuel because he ...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