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  • Promoting Priestly Vocations Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Sep 5, 2010
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    We must all pray for vocations to the priesthood and ministry, but we must also invite young persons to consider that vocation, and create an environment that reaches toward the transcendent in our worship.

    24th Sunday in Course Supporting the Priestly Vocation What is the most important day of my life, or of yours? The most important day to each of us is the one that will determine the rest of our unending existence. It is the last day of our life. The key question we must answer at that ...read more

  • "Ephpheta, Be Thou Opened”

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jul 30, 2018
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    We need to get very, very serious about promoting priestly vocations

    Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Extraordinary Form “Ephpheta, be thou opened,” Jesus said, after groaning, “and immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment to his speech was loosed, and he spoke clearly.” Come to any baptism–as we’ll have here on Saturday the eighteenth, and you’ll ...read more

  • The Good Shepherd And How To Get More Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Apr 22, 2017
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    Pray especially for holy priests, brothers and sisters. Pray for those who are preparing for or struggling in marriage. And pray for those who have chosen to remain unmarried in a celibate state, and for those who are trying to run from the divine call.

    For many decades this day has rightly been called “Good Shepherd Sunday,” because both of our New Testament readings speak of Jesus as Shepherd of our souls, Shepherd of the One Flock, the Church. Both of these precious proclamations have Old Testament roots. Let’s start with the story of Abraham ...read more

  • Reforming The Reform--Without Whitewash Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Sep 11, 2010
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    The reform of our liturgy is not a matter of going back to pre-Vatican II forms, but of becoming more faithful to true worship as it has developed over 2000 years

    Monday of 23rd Week in Course The Spirit of the Liturgy Sept 6 2010 The stories in chapter 6 of Luke are familiar enough, but we need to understand why the Pharisees were wrong–and not just incorrect, but truly evil. They did not recognize the supreme Good who stood in their midst and ...read more

  • The Gospel Of Mercy And Compassion Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham 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

  • New Year’s And The Way To God’s Kingdom

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Dec 31, 2009
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     | 2,947 views

    Force, violence and recession are all just external means to get attention, but the way to bring God’s kingdom begins with a conversion of heart.

    New Year’s Homily Isaiah 4:2-3 The words from Isaiah today are the comforting part of a longer passage that I would like to quote in full. Isaiah is speaking for God, and talking about the day of judgement: Seven women will take hold of one man on that day, saying: “We will eat our own food ...read more

  • Persecution Is Easier To Relate To Today Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Nov 25, 2018
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    We in the Church are under constant assault by politicians, so-called comedians and the mass media. Today we quite easily relate to the readings from the Lectionary. God almighty, come to our aid!

    Thursday after Christ the King 2018 There was a time in my on life that Fr. Richard Neuhaus called “the Catholic moment,” a time when being Catholic seemed to be the best thing in the world. We had a Catholic president, a pope, now a saint, who had called a Council at the Vatican with the task of ...read more

  • Tolerance--No; Forbearance--Yes Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Sep 5, 2015
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    We must go well beyond tolerance if we are to become the best version of ourselves, and always witnessing to the truth.

    Thursday of 23rd week in course 2015 Joy of the Gospel About ten years ago I asked Abp Gomez to visit my religion class and talk about priestly vocations to my boys. He kindly did so and started out with a pointed question: why are you a Catholic? It swelled my heart to hear one of the class ...read more

  • Pentecost, Vocation And The Priesthood

    Contributed by Simon Rundell on Jun 1, 2001
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    An exploration for Pentecost on the call of God to all Christians, as well as the obvious call to the priesthood, given as my last sermon prior to Ordination.

    Pentecost, Vocation and the Priesthood Given at St.Barthomew’s Parish Church, Ripponden, West Yorkshire, England, 3rd June 2001 TEXT: “I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh: your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams” In the ...read more

  • Baptism As Soaking In Christ

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Dec 29, 2008
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    In Baptism, we become, like Jesus, prophets, priests and leaders for our world.

    Feast of the Lord’s Baptism January 11, 2009 “Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan.” Why? Was Jesus a sinner? And what does this event, which we celebrate every year, mean to you and me the other 364 days of this year? To better understand the meaning of Jesus’s baptism, we need to ...read more

  • Composting The Garbage Of Our Lives With Praise Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jul 7, 2011
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    Rain needs fertile soil in order to accomplish anything. But the soil needs compost in order to live. So also do our lives need God-processed garbage in order to bear fruit.

    Fifteenth Sunday in Course July 10, 2011 Spirit of the Liturgy [If rain] The word of God, the prophetic spirit, doesn’t just evaporate from the Church. It must bear fruit in obedience to all of the ten commandments, the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, the welcoming attitude we ...read more

  • You Will Be Hated By All; Not A Hair On Your Head Will Perish

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Nov 10, 2013
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     | 1,866 views

    With the Church under attack, what must we do?

    33rd Sunday in Course 2013 You Will be Hated by All But Not a Hair of Your Head Will Perish It was a cool November morning and the Catholics of San Antonio were riding high. Our first Catholic president, who had a year ago faced down the mighty Soviet empire over ballistic missiles in Cuba, ...read more

  • We All Become Shepherds Of The Flock

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jul 7, 2015
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    The value of chastity and the witness of a Christian marriage to a depraved culture

    Sixteenth Sunday in Course 2015 Ordinary Form “A great throng. . .like sheep without a shepherd.” What a picture for those of us with any experience with cattle or sheep. If you have a good cutting horse, one man or woman can control the behavior of a herd of cows. If you have a ...read more

  • Do We Really Love Jesus?

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Apr 13, 2013
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    Sometimes we get a wake-up call, like Peter did. Our culture is assailing Christianity. Will we wake up and take action--prayer, fasting and giving?

    Third Sunday of Easter 2013 “Do You Love Me?” There’s an old story about a farmer who had a mule to sell. When the buyer came around to see the mule, he tried several times to get the mule to pull his wagon. The mule would not move. The seller was walking off with his money ...read more

  • When A Leader Of The Church Creates A Scandal Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Aug 25, 2018
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    The Holy Ghost has the power to sweep up the shards and make from this mess a magnificent mosaic of Christ.

    Fourteenth Sunday in Course: Extraordinary Lectionary The Church is in a “time that tries men's souls,” and it is not God who has put us in this trial by fire. A good friend of mine is a convert to the Catholic faith, and recently told me that if she were in the decision phase of that conversion ...read more