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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 and music since age 7; ordained deacon 2002. Catholic school principal 2001-2009. Currently serving in a public school teaching chemistry and moderating an after-school Catholic student group.
  • 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. An awesome wife who is descended from St. Thomas More (and Attila the Hun) and is descended from a sister of St. Patrick.
  • 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 Emily Stimpson: These Beautiful Bones 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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  • Forgive, "or Else"

    Contributed on Mar 23, 2019
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    The culture itches to persecute the Catholic Church, and a small number of renegade priests and bishops who abused their authority have provided the excuse.

    Tuesday of the Third Week in Lent 2019 It’s often been said by commentators that the “ten thousand talents” that the Gospel servant owed his master was a sum greater than the gross national product of Palestine in New Testament times. Jesus is clearly exaggerating for effect here, something that ...read more

  • Rejoicing Over Bad Things?

    Contributed on Mar 17, 2019
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    "Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right." Who in his right mind rejoices at wrong?

    Second Sunday of Lent 2019 One of the great themes of Christian literature, both in and out of the Scriptures, is the need for each of us to make a deliberate choice between the Two Ways of living. There is the way of life and the way of death, the way of following God’s will and law, or the way ...read more

  • Karma Or Compassion?

    Contributed on Mar 16, 2019
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    If we listen to the word of God and trust in His promises, we will have a happy, fruitful life even if everything around us is going to pieces.

    Thursday of the 2nd Week in Lent 2019 Karma or Compassion? Only St. Luke among the four Gospel writers records this story of the rich man and the poor beggar, Lazarus. A superficial reading of the words may suggest to us that this is an example of the Asian principle of “karma,” where the good or ...read more

  • Pain And Growth

    Contributed on Mar 9, 2019
     | 534 views

    Is pain merely weakness leaving our body?

    First Sunday of Lent 2019 I have to admit that whenever I hear the words, “He ate nothing during forty days [of combat with Satan and prayer] and at the end of them He was hungry,” I am tempted to doubt. I don’t doubt that Jesus fasted and prayed, like Moses, for over a month. But I have trouble ...read more

  • Generous And Grateful Spirits

    Contributed on Mar 9, 2019
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    When the Holy Spirit prompts us to give, we should discern that spirit and when we are at peace with the decision, give responsibly.

    Thursday of the First Week in Lent 2019 Saint Matilda There are two ways to look at God, and they represent the contrasting approaches of religious men and women to the virtue we call “fear of the Lord.” The first way, which we associate with, interestingly enough, both pagans and Muslims, could ...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