Homilies from April 2017

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April 15, 2017 – Holy Saturday At the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

The Resurrection—the Center of Christian Life The Greeks have a tradition during the Easter season.  They actually change their way of saying hello.  Instead of the usual greeting, they say, “Christos anesti!” Which means, “Christ is risen!”  And the response is, “Alithos anesti!” which means, “Truly he is risen!”  I always thought it would be […]

April 14, 2017 – Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion

One of the prayers I often pray after receiving Holy Communion is called the Anima Christi—the Soul of Christ.  It has been attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.  The prayer starts: Soul of Christ, sanctify me Body of Christ, heal me Blood of Christ, inebriate me Water from the side […]

April 13, 2017 – Holy Thursday

Tonight we begin the sacred Paschal Triduum, the remembrance of Jesus’ Last Supper, Passion, death and Resurrection. This first celebration, the commemoration of the Lord’s Supper, calls to mind two distinct moments that occurred in that Upper Room: The washing of the disciples’ feet The institution of the Eucharist The washing of the disciples’ feet: […]

April 2, 2017 – 5th Sunday of Lent

I always thought it might be fun to have a twin.  I have two cousins who are twins, and I also have a godson who is a twin.  I’ve had college friends who are twins, and, come to think of it, when I was six years old, my tee-ball team was named the Twins.  So […]

March 26, 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Lent

Laetare! Be glad, y’all!  That’s the nickname of this, the 4th Sunday of Lent.  There’s lots to be glad about.  The flowers are blooming, the weather is beautiful, Lent is more than halfway over, and of course, the priest gets to wear the pink chasuble.  It’s a symbol of joy in the middle of a […]

March 19, 2017 – Third Sunday of Lent

Well, the weather is finally warming up, and it’s supposed to reach the upper 80s this week.  I’m much more of a fan of cold weather myself, but that’s hard to come by here in Texas.  So every year when it gets hot, I try to find time to go for a swim to cool […]