• W Pat Cunningham

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

St. Pius X Parish
San Antonio, Texas 78209

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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Newest Sermons

  • The Four Last Things And Responding To Persecution

    Contributed on Nov 16, 2019

    Many today, seeing Western culture disintegrate as it abandons Christian living and teaching, tell us that serious Christians need to flee the cities and establish new Christian communities of virtue.

    Tuesday of the 33rd Week in Course 2019 Saints Severinus, Exuperius, & Felician The sources tell us that Marcus Aurelius “was Roman emperor from [AD] 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher. He was the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors, and the last emperor of the Pax Romana, an more

  • That All May Be One--Despite The Cost

    Contributed on Nov 9, 2019

    Every plan, every agenda, every meeting of any Church body must be focused on the mission that Our Lord Jesus gave to us as He ascended into heaven.

    Tuesday of the 32nd Week in Course 2019 St. Josaphat Every plan, every agenda, every meeting of any Church body must be focused on the mission that Our Lord Jesus gave to us as He ascended into heaven. He wants the Gospel to be preached throughout the entire world, so that everyone on earth has more

  • Our Mission To The "nones"

    Contributed on Nov 2, 2019

    Today we are all called to reach out to what sociology calls the “nones,” people who profess no faith at all. It is critical.

    Tuesday of the 31st Week in Course 2019 St. Guido Maria Conforti One of the recurring errors embraced by lazy Christians is that all one has to do is accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior and you are saved. That statement leads to all kinds of presumptuous behavior. Neither Jesus nor St. more

  • The Narcissus Who Gave Us Easter Sunday

    Contributed on Oct 26, 2019

    Those who do not know the Resurrected Christ either have to attain some kind of Buddhist impassivity or despair of any relief.

    Tuesday of the 30th Week in Course 2019 Saint Narcissus Today St. Paul contrasts our life in this world with our hope to live eternally in the arms of the Blessed Trinity. His reflections are particularly apt for Catholics today. Because of the evil done by a small minority of priests and more

  • Friendship With God And Enmity With God

    Contributed on Oct 19, 2019

    Through Christ we have hope that we will eternally live at peace in the embrace of the Blessed Trinity.

    Tuesday of the 29th Week in Course 2019 St. John Paul II Today’s first reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans is the result of taking a scalpel to the original text. We read verses 12, 15, 17-19, 20 and 21, for reasons unknown to me, and the result sounds strange at best. So I had recourse more

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

    Contributed on Jun 8, 2013

    "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 more

  • Error Vs. Person In Error

    Contributed on Apr 26, 2013

    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, more

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

    Contributed on Mar 16, 2013

    That means, as Dominic Savio once said, preferring death to more

  • Only In Freedom Can Goodness Occur

    Contributed on Mar 16, 2013

    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 more

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

    Contributed on Jan 26, 2013

    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 more