Category Archives: Fr. Pat’s Sermon Notes

First Sunday of Advent

Fast from some things and Feast on Others! When I am invited to give a talk in the context of a banquet, I may drink water or nibble on something small, but I never down a whole meal and try … Continue reading

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Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

If you want to be closer to God, Lent is for you! Ready or not, Ash Wednesday starts this week! For many people, anticipating the start of Lent is similar to the feeling they have when going to the dentist … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Prophets of Mercy in an Age of Fury Jesus had a tough job. For that matter, so did Jeremiah in today’s first reading. Both were prophets from God. True prophets are torn between two passions: Glorifying God and defending his … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Unparalleled Power of the Mass The practical way that the early Church honored the third commandment (Keep holy the Sabbath day) after the resurrection of Jesus was by gathering as a community every Sunday, the first day of the … Continue reading

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Who’s on Your Guest List? There was a wedding in Cana in Galilee. Like all weddings, it was a huge deal. Hundreds of hours of planning and dozens of people were engaged in one way or the other to make … Continue reading

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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Who’s Child Are You? Today is the last day of the Christmas season. For the weeks of Advent and Christmas we have been addressing the question: “What Child is this…who lay at rest in Mary’s lap asleeping?” On the Feast … Continue reading

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The Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord

You Should Be a Star! The Magi were in search of Jesus the King of kings but never would have found him had they not first discovered the “Star of Bethlehem.” In other words, the star got their attention but … Continue reading

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The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

The Message of the Manger What makes an ordinary family a holy family? The answer is as clear as the manger itself: Keeping Jesus in the center of it! First we must realize that the Crib is not enough. Before … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

Mercy Can’t Wait! I recently was on retreat for six days with a small community of hermits who commit their entire lives to prayer. Free of all distractions, this “desert” experience in the solitude of a hermitage gives God exclusive … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Advent

Jubilee Year of Mercy Putting Mercy in Motion! Sometimes life hits you in such a way that you just don’t know what to do. The thrice repeated question in today’s Gospel is a case in point: “What should we do?” … Continue reading

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