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Homilies: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, Year C

My homily for Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord (Year C) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were: Acts 10:34. 37-43; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-9. "The Resurrection is the birth of our hope - for salvation, for life, for all that God created us to be.… Continue reading Homilies: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, Year C

Musings

The Modern Crosses Facing the World

The following was first featured on Vatican News. Pope Francis concluded the traditional Via Crucis at Rome’s Colosseum on Good Friday evening by reciting a litany of present-day crosses, representing various forms of suffering in the world today. Children, the elderly, the poor, families, migrants, and the earth itself: the Pope recalled these, and others,… Continue reading The Modern Crosses Facing the World

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Homilies: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year C

My homily for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord (Year C) as preached during the 9.30am Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Luke 19:28-40; Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Luke 22:14 - 23:56. "We have the opportunity to look at the Crucifixion through the lens of the self-emptying love of Jesus… Continue reading Homilies: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year C

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Finding True Harmony In What Unites Us

This article was originally written for and published on the diocesan website, mnnews.today. It subsequently appeared as an opinion piece in The Newcastle Herald on Wednesday 20 March 2019. On the evening of Saturday 16 March, together with hundreds of people from across Newcastle, I gathered at the Newcastle Islamic Centre in Mayfield. I gathered… Continue reading Finding True Harmony In What Unites Us

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Homilies: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were 1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23; 1 Corinthians 15:45-49; Luke 6:27-38. "Love your enemies? Sounds all but impossible! Yet the heart of today's Gospel is a call to change the… Continue reading Homilies: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

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The Power of Traditionalism

Written from an Orthodox perspective, the article below, which appears on the website of Public Orthodoxy from Fordham University in the United States, has more than a few resonances with contemporary Catholic debates. My thesis is very simple: the use of the word “traditionalist” and its derivative forms (“Orthodox morality,” “traditional values”) is philosophically untenable, i.e.,… Continue reading The Power of Traditionalism

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Homilies: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) as preached at the 9.30am Mass in the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Jeremiah 17:5-8; 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20; Luke 6:17, 20-26. "Luke's version of the Beatitudes reminds us that God's salvation will not be found in trusting to our own efforts… Continue reading Homilies: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

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Homilies: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) as preached during the 5pm Sunday Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Isaiah 6:1-8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11. "Confronted with the Presence of the Divine in Jesus, Simon owns his unworthiness and sinfulness. Jesus, however, invites Simon to 'be not… Continue reading Homilies: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

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Homilies: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) as preached during the 9.30am Mass at the Sacred Hamilton Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 12:31 - 13:13; Luke 4:21-30. "Without love, we are nothing at all. St Paul reminds the church in Corinth, and reminds us, that to… Continue reading Homilies: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

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Homilies: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) as preached at the 5.30pm Saturday evening Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Nehemiah 8:2-6, 8-10; 1 Corinthians 12:12-30; Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21. "Ten words were all that Jesus spoke after reading in the Nazareth Synagogue. There was no need to say… Continue reading Homilies: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

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Homilies: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) as preached during the 9.30am Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-11. "The Holy Spirit is given to all who are able to proclaim Jesus as God and Saviour, and then manifests in many different… Continue reading Homilies: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C