UMD NEWMAN CATHOLIC CAMPUS MINISTRY

By Father Mike Schmitz

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06/10/18 The Unforgivable Sin
Homily from the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">At the heart of the unforgivable sin are two words.<br /></div><br />The two words “I’m fine” might be a simple way of saying “no thanks.” But it is also a way of saying “I do not desire to change my current status.” Even if a person is thirsty or hungry, they might say “I’m fine" in response to an offer of water or food. In a similar way, someone who longs for mercy might say “I’m fine” in response to the offer of grace.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from June 10, 2018:</u></strong><br />Genesis 3:9-15<br />Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8<br />2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1<br />Mark 3:20-35<br /><br />
Jun 10, 2018
05/06/18 An Example
Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter.<br /><div class="subtitle">You do not need permission to be an example. <br /></div><br />Not all of us can have influence, but we can all be an example. <br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from May 6, 2018:</u></strong><br />Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48<br />Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4<br />1 John 4:7-10<br />John 15:9-17<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
May 07, 2018
04/29/18 What's Next: Go With
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Easter.<br /><div class="subtitle">Confidence is critical to moving forward. Surrender is the key to confidence.<br /></div><br />It is one thing to have confidence when a person has power and knowledge. There is another kind of confidence that is necessary when a person is powerless and answerless. This is the kind of confidence in another – – God – – that is willing to place everything a person has and doesn’t have under the Lordship of Jesus.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from April 29, 2018:</u></strong><br />Acts 9:26-31<br />Psalm 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32<br />1 John 3:18-24<br />John 15:1-8<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />https://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/whats-next-gowith.pdf
May 01, 2018
04/22/18 What's Next: When the Chips Are Down
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter.<br /><br />In calling us to what’s next, God doesn’t necessarily take anything away, but He gives us something. He doesn’t necessarily take away the danger or the fear, but He gives us what we need for the next thing. Courage is using what you’ve been given the moment what you’ve been given is needed the most.<br /><br />Mass Readings from April 22, 2018:<br />Acts 4:8-12<br />Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29<br />1 John 3:1-2<br />John 10:11-18<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />https://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/whats-next-when-the-chips-are-down.pdf
Apr 25, 2018
04/15/18 What's Next: What's Now
Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.<br /><div class="subtitle">Looking ahead only gets you so far. <br /></div><br />Being convinced by Christ is one thing, being convicted to take action is another. The call is to be converted…to be changed…to be like Christ. This can happen when we follow the commandments with God’s grace and allow ourselves to be transformed. But this means that we are attentive to what’s now so that we can be ready for what’s next.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from April 15, 2018:</u></strong><br />Acts 3:13-15, 17-19<br />Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9<br />1 John 2:1-5<br />Luke 24:35-48<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />https://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/whats-next-whats-now.pdf
Apr 17, 2018
04/08/18 What's Next: Something More Than Control
Homily from the Second Sunday of Easter.<br /><div class="subtitle">To move forward with joy, one needs something more powerful than control.</div><br />The early Church was filled with men and women who lived in uncertainty. The current Church is filled with men and women who live in uncertainty. The key difference between them and us is that they had something more sure than certainty and something more powerful than control…they were convinced.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from February 25, 2018:</u></strong><br />Acts 4:32-35<br />Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24<br />1 John 5:1-6<br />John 20:19-31<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />https://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/whats-next.pdf
Apr 10, 2018
03/30/18 Give and Receive
Homily from Good Friday of the Lord's Passion.<br /><br />It is better to give and receive than to take and reject.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from March 30, 2018:</u></strong><br />Isaiah 52:13—53:12<br />Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25<br />Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9<br />John 18:1—19:42
Mar 30, 2018
03/25/18 Sign Your Name
Homily from Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion.<br /><div class="subtitle">Make the Passion personal.</div><br />The Passion and death of Christ is so...big. Sometimes it can seem so big that it becomes impersonal. But this event was not anonymous and the sufferings of Jesus were not generic. Each moment has a name attached to it, and each blow was specific. Until what I did to him becomes personal, what he did for me it's not personal.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from March 25, 2018:</u></strong><br />Isaiah 50:4-7<br />Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24.<br />Philippians 2:6-11<br />Hebrews 5:7-9<br />Mark 14:1—15:47<br /><br /><a href="https://bulldogcatholic.org/homilies-archive/">Listen to more homilies...</a><br /><br />
Mar 26, 2018
03/18/18 The Root: Fruit or Root
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.<br /><div class="subtitle">Is the change cosmetic? Or substantial?</div><br />Transformation is a part of life. And Lent is all about allowing God to make us into the kind of people He has created and called us to be. And yet, many of us spend time focusing on the “fruits” of change rather than being attentive to the root. We can change cosmetically, but lasting change has to be substantial. This change has to reach the root. It has to be connected to our identity. And it has to flow from our relationship with our Father.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from March 11, 2018:</u></strong><br />Jeremiah 31:31-34<br />Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15<br />Hebrews 5:7-9<br />John 12:20-33<br /><br /><a href="https://bulldogcatholic.org/homilies-archive/">Listen to more homilies...</a><br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />https://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/the-root-fruit-or-root.pdf
Mar 19, 2018
03/11/18 The Root: Radical
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent.<br /><div class="subtitle">God responds to our radical need with His radical love.</div><br />Many people find it incredibly difficult to be honest...even with themselves. But unless we get past the surface to the root of what is truly in our hearts, not only will we not know ourselves, no one else will know us either. In our relationship with God, we need to be honest with what is in our heart, we need to entrust what we've found to Him, and we need to be vulnerable enough to receive His love.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from March 11, 2018:</u></strong><br />2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23<br />Psalm 137:1-6<br />Ephesians 2:4-10<br />John 3:14-21<br /><br /><a href="https://bulldogcatholic.org/homilies-archive/">Listen to more homilies...</a><br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />https://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/the-root-radical.pdf<br />
Mar 13, 2018
02/25/18 The Root: Transparent and Vulnerable
Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.<br /><div class="subtitle">Can I be honest?</div><br />Many people find it incredibly difficult to be honest...even with themselves. But unless we get past the surface to the root of what is truly in our hearts, not only will we not know ourselves, no one else will know us either. In our relationship with God, we need to be honest with what is in our heart, we need to entrust what we've found to Him, and we need to be vulnerable enough to receive His love.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from February 25, 2018:</u></strong><br />Genesis 22:1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18<br />Psalm 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19<br />Romans 8:31-34<br />Mark 9:2-10<br /><br /><a href="https://bulldogcatholic.org/homilies-archive/">Listen to more homilies...</a><br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />https://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/the-root-transparent-and-vulnerable.pdf
Feb 27, 2018
02/18/18 The Root: Age of Compromise
Homily from the First Sunday of Lent.<br /><div class="subtitle">Are these ashes no more than skin deep?</div><br />We live in a unique time. It is, in many ways, an age marked by a disposition towards compromise. One where convictions and beliefs are quickly and easily discarded whenever they become inconvenient. But the Christian must be able to stand. Therefore, the follower of Christ must go to the places of testing: the desert, the heart, the root.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from February 18, 2017:</u></strong><br />Genesis 9:8-15<br />Psalm 25:4-9<br />1 Peter 3:18-22<br />Mark 1:12-15<br /><br /><a href="https://bulldogcatholic.org/homilies-archive/">Listen to more homilies...</a><br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />https://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/the-root-the-age-of-compromise.pdf
Feb 19, 2018
02/14/18 The Root: The Imposter
Homily from Ash Wednesday.<br /><div class="subtitle">Are these ashes no more than skin deep?</div><br />Many people spend their time living as an imposter in their own lives. Even Christians will often be tempted to allow the power and grace of God to only go skin deep. But this Lent, you can choose a Lenten practice that will reach your heart…all the way down to the root.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from February 14, 2017:</u></strong><br />Joel 2:12-18<br />Psalm 51:3-4,5-6,12-13,14,17<br />2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2 <br />Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Feb 15, 2018
02/11/18 Discipleship 101: Free to Obey
Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">What happens when the disciple knows better than the rabbi?</div><br />A person can be touched and made new by Jesus and still not be a disciple. One common aspect of discipleship is actually doing what the rabbi tells one to do. But what happens when the disciple knows better than the rabbi? The answer is: they cease to be a disciple. But what is needed when the disciple thinks they know better than the rabbi? The answer is...they need obedience. <br /><br />Mass Readings from February 11, 2017:<br />Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46<br />Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11<br />1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1<br />Mark 1:40-45<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />https://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/discipleship-101-free-to-obey.pdf<br />
Feb 13, 2018
02/04/18 Discipleship 101: Free to Keep a Promise
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Having a duty is a privilege. Doing your duty is a freedom. </div><br />Duties and obligations are often seen as burdens. They restrict us from doing what we want and being able to enjoy life. But is this accurate? It turns out that being entrusted with a duty is a gift…and being able to do that duty is a power.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from February 4, 2017:</strong></u><br />Job 7:1-4, 6-7<br />Psalm 147:1-6<br />1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23<br />Mark 1:29-39<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />https://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/discipleship-101-free-to-keep-a-promise-1.pdf
Feb 06, 2018
01/28/18 Discipleship 101: Free to Be Held
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time.<br /><br />Following Jesus is not merely a matter of behaving or “being good". It ultimately rests on whether or not we will allow the Father to get close enough to carry us. But too many people find themselves divided, afraid, and bound by their sins, their fears, and their weakness. With a word, Christ can set us free. We can be free to be held rather than bound by what enslaves us.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from January 28, 2017:</strong></u><br />Deuteronomy 18:15-20<br />Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9<br />1 Corinthians 7:32-35<br />Mark 1:21-28<br /><a href="https://bulldogcatholic.org/homilies-archive/">Listen to more homilies...</a><br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />https://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/discipleship-101-free-to-be-held.pdf
Jan 30, 2018
01/21/18 New Not Nice
Homily from the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Look back. Let go. Live now.</div><br />Nothing that has happened from the moment of your conception up until this moment is wasted. Jesus called those first disciples to follow Him and allow Him to make them into something new. In order to know how God will transform us in the future, we can look back on our lives and ask, “How has God led me in the past? What is He calling me to let go of right now? And how can I act on this immediately?<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from January 21, 2017:</strong></u><br />1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19<br />Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10<br />1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20<br />John 1:35-42<br /><br /><a href="https://bulldogcatholic.org/homilies-archive/">Listen to more homilies...</a><br />
Jan 24, 2018
01/14/18 Life Demands Courage
Homily from the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Be steadfast in silence. Be strong in service.</div><br />We can have our whole lives be about God: being in His presence, serving His people, learning His Word. But what happens when God’s response to that is silence? Sometimes silence is just silence. In the silence, Samuel shows us that we can become the kind of people that God needs to become. There is no one in Scripture, there is no one in history who stood steadfast in the silence and wasn’t transformed by the Lord in that silence. <br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from January 14, 2017:</strong></u><br />1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19<br />Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10<br />1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20<br />John 1:35-42<br /><br /><a href="https://bulldogcatholic.org/homilies-archive/">Listen to more homilies...</a><br />
Jan 16, 2018
12/25/17 What Do You Want?
Homily from the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas).<br /><div class="subtitle">Do you know what you want?</div><br />Some people know exactly what they want and exactly what they need. Most of us do not, however. Because of that, until I experience the true need for a Savior, I will be unable to experience the joy of being given one. But when I know what I want...and need...Christmas becomes something far more than just another holiday. <br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from December 25, 2017:</strong></u><br />Isaiah 62:11-12<br />Psalm 97:1, 6, 11-12<br />Titus 3:4-7<br />Luke 2:15-20<br /><br /><a href="https://bulldogcatholic.org/homilies-archive/">Listen to more homilies...</a><br />
Dec 25, 2017
12/17/17 Here. Now.
Homily from the Third Sunday in Advent.<br /><div class="subtitle">Have we lost the ability to enjoy things?</div><br />When we live life constantly distracted and incessantly amused, we will not find ourselves in a place of endless amusement; we will find ourselves unable to enjoy anything. But the Word calls us to rejoice, to pray, and to give thanks. How can I do that if I can’t enjoy this moment?<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from December 17, 2017:</strong></u><br />Isaiah 61:1-2A, 10-11<br />Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54<br />1 Thessalonians 5:16-24<br />John 1:6-8, 19-28<br /><br /><a href="https://bulldogcatholic.org/homilies-archive/">Listen to more homilies...</a><br /><br />(There won't be a series this Advent, so there won't be any study handouts posted. "May the God of peace make you perfectly holy<br />and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.") <br /><br />
Dec 18, 2017
12/10/17 Be At Peace
Homily from the Second Sunday in Advent.<br /><br />Is it possible to have peace in the midst of battle? Peace is not the absence of war, but the presence of something more powerful that war and trial. Peace is found when one is ready for the current challenge because they have done what they needed to do. This principally involves being in right relationship with one’s self, with others, and most especially with God. Repentance leads to right relationship…and Confession is the great gift that God has extended to us so we can be found at peace.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from December 10, 2017:</strong></u><br />Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11<br />Psalm 85:9-10-11-12, 13-14<br />2 Peter 3:8-14<br />Mark 1:1-8<br /><br />(There won't be a series this Advent, so there won't be any study handouts posted. "Be at peace!")
Dec 18, 2017
12/03/17 Remember
Homily from the First Sunday in Advent.<br /><br />At the beginning of Advent, the Church reminds us of Christ’s words: Be Alert! To be alert is to know your identity and situation…but it is also to remember how you got to that place. It is to remember your story and what God has done. We remember what God has done in history and what God has done in our personal history in order to be able to weather crises and walk in the darkness.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from December 3, 2017:</strong></u><br />Isaiah 63:16-17,19; 64:2-7<br />Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19<br />1 Corinthians 1:3-9 <br />Mark 13:33-37<br /><br /><a href="https://bulldogcatholic.org/homilies-archive/">Listen to more homilies...</a><br /><br />(There won't be a series this Advent, so there won't be any study handouts posted. But please, remember to "be watchful and alert" with us!)
Dec 18, 2017
11/27/17 What A Waste: The Price of Passivity
Homily from the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.<br /><div class="subtitle">The consequence of indifference could have eternal significance.</div><br />Hell is not only real, it is a real possibility. Those whom the Lord describes as being condemned were not condemned due to any sin they committed, but as a result of passivity. Sins of omission can have a consequence not only in this life, but in eternal life.<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from November 26, 2017:</strong></u><br />Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17<br />Psalm 23:1-2, 2-3, 5-6<br />1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28<br />Matthew 25:31-46<br /><br /><a href="https://bulldogcatholic.org/homilies-archive/">Listen to more homilies...</a><br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/what-a-waste-the-price-of-passivity.pdf<br /><br />
Nov 28, 2017
11/19/17 What A Waste: The Burden of Talent
Homily from the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Gifts are given for a purpose.</div><br />Who you are is God’s gift to you. Who you become is your gift to God. God gives each of us any number of gifts/opportunities/talents in the course of our lives. Each one of these comes with a responsibility. The burden of the gift is that we must all do what we can to invest what God has invested in us.<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from November 19, 2017:</strong></u><br />Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31<br />Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5<br />1 Thessalonians 5:1-6<br />Matthew 25:14-30<br /><br /><a href="https://bulldogcatholic.org/homilies-archive/">Listen to more homilies...</a><br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/what-a-waste-burden-of-talent.pdf<br /><br /><br />
Nov 22, 2017
11/12/17 What A Waste: Wasted or Spent
Homily from the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Spend your time on what matters most.</div><br />“Life is long if you know how to use it." And yet, most of us do not know how to use our lives…we do not know how to spend our time because we do not have a clear vision of our calling in Christ Jesus. Because of this, we end up wasting time…and wasting much our lives. But we could choose another route. We can choose to live a life of significance by spending our time on the things that matter most.<br /><br />Mass Readings from November 12, 2017:<br />Wisdom 6:12-16<br />Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8<br />1 Thessalonians 4:13-18<br />Matthew 25:1-13<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/What-a-Waste-Wasted-or-Spent.pdf<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Nov 14, 2017
11/05/17 What A Waste: A Life of Significance
Homily from the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><br />Many people allow life to happen “to” them. Instead of embracing life and living a life of significance, people choose to live as if life does not have any meaning. But you were made to be significant…your life was created on purpose and for a purpose. It is time to live on purpose. Reject passivity, embrace responsibility, and pursue to God-given purpose planted in your heart.<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from November 5, 2017:</strong></u><br />Malachi 1:14-2:2, 8-10<br />Psalm 131:1, 2, 3<br />1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13<br />Matthew 23:1-12<br /><br /><a href="http://bulldogcatholic.org/homilies-archive/">Listen to more homilies...</a><br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/What-a-Waste-A-Life-of-Significance.pdf
Nov 07, 2017
10/29/17 Enough: Never Enough
Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><br />So many people feel like they can never do enough. In life, in relationships, in their faith. Because of this, people try to do everything and then beat themselves up over the fact that they are not able to do everything. But doing everything was never the goal. The goal, given by Jesus, is to love God with all. The question we are left with is therefore not “How can I do everything?”, but “How can I do the one thing that will grow love?”<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from October 29, 2017:</strong></u><br />Exodus 22:20-26<br />Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51<br />1 Thessalonians 1:5-10<br />Matthew 22:34-40<br /><br /><a href="http://bulldogcatholic.org/homilies-archive/">Listen to more homilies...</a><br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Enough_Never-Enough.pdf
Nov 04, 2017
10/22/17 Enough: I Am Not Enough
Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">What is beneath a feeling of helplessness?</div><br />There are times in life when a person is so overwhelmed that they feel like they cannot move. They need more information or they need more strength. But often, what we need is more courage. Facing fear and surviving, regardless of success or failure, instills courage. We recognize that we know enough and are enough to move. But life is still bigger than any of us. In those moments, we realize that we are not enough and need something SomeOne…more than us.<br /><br />Mass Readings from October 22, 2017:<br />Isaiah 45:1, 4-6<br />Psalm 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10<br />1 Thessalonians 1:1-5<br />Matthew 22:15-21<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Enough-I-Am-Not-Enough-copy.pdf
Oct 24, 2017
10/15/17 Enough
Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">You can never have enough of what you don’t need.</div><br />A culture of excess is an unhappy culture. A person of excess is a person driven by fear. But with Christ, a person can find joy even when they do not have what they need. Because with Christ, they know that they have enough.<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from October 15, 2017:</strong></u><br />Isaiah 25:6-10<br />Psalm 23:1-3, 3B-4, 5, 6<br />Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20<br />Matthew 22:1-14<br /><br /><a href="http://bulldogcatholic.org/homilies-archive/">Listen to more homilies...</a><br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Enough_-Enough.pdf
Oct 17, 2017
10/08/17 Look Like Jesus: Whatever
Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">To look like Jesus is to see things as they are.</div><br />A disciple is a person who lives like Jesus and who sees the world like Jesus. A disciple shares the worldview of Christ and sees all things: others, death, self, purpose, and Good and Evil...as they are.<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from October 8, 2017:</strong></u><br />Isaiah 5:1-7<br />Psalm 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20<br />Philippians 4:6-9<br />Matthew 21:33-43
Oct 10, 2017
10/01/17 Look Like Jesus: Christ's Why
Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">For the Glory of the Father.</div><br />Each one of our lives is made up of any number of "what's". But a truly great life is driven by one great "why". This "why" is the motivation and the vision for a life lived on purpose. The life of Jesus can be summed up in one single great "why".<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from October 1, 2017:</strong></u><br />Ezekiel 18:25-28 <br />Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9<br />Philippians 2:1-11<br />Matthew 21:28-32
Oct 02, 2017
09/24/17 Look Like Jesus: Unshakeable Identity
Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">If my relationship with the Father is actual, then my identity is unshakeable, and my activities and mission are completely changeable. </div><br />What defines you? Too often, our activities give us our identity. Because of this, our sense of self and our sense of joy is constantly in danger of being compromised. Our identity comes from the fact that God has made Himself our Dad and the primacy of a relationship that has claimed me. <br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from September 24, 2017:</strong></u><br />Isaiah 55:6-9<br />Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18<br />Philippians 1:20-24, 27<br />Matthew 20:1-16<br /><br />THE STUDY QUESTIONS WILL BE POSTED VERY SOON, SO PLEASE CHECK BACK!!
Sep 27, 2017
09/17/17 Look Like Jesus: The Last Enemy
Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">How does Jesus look at death?</div><br />There is no need to fear death, because Jesus has conquered death. And yet, do we approach death the way Jesus approached death? Many of us see death as “natural” or something to be avoided. But Jesus saw death as an enemy to be stared down and battled. And yet, Jesus was not immune to death or grief. Jesus allowed death to break His heart, but He did not allow it to break His hope. As disciples, we must do the same.<br /><br />Mass Readings from September 17, 2017:<br />Sirach 27:30—28:7<br />Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12<br />Romans 14:7-9<br />Matthew 18:21-35<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Look-Like-Jesus-The-Last-Enemy.pdf<br /><br />
Sep 27, 2017
09/10/17 Look Like Jesus: Anonymous and Autonomous
Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">How does Jesus look at the people around me?</div><br />The way we look at the world directs the way we live in the world. Our vision of life, God, ourselves, and other people is called to be shaped and guided by the way Jesus sees them. How would my life be different if I looked at the people near me the way that Jesus looks at them?<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from September 10, 2017:</strong></u><br />Ezekiel 33:7-9<br />Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9<br />Romans 13:8-10<br />Matthew 18:15-20<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Look-Like-Jesus_-Anonymous-and-Autonomous.pdf<br /><br /><br />
Sep 27, 2017
09/03/17 The Disposition of Discipleship
Homily from the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><br />Faith is more than "agreement."<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from September 03, 2017:</strong></u><br />Jeremiah 20:7-9<br />Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9<br />Romans 12:1-2<br />Matthew 16:21-27
Sep 27, 2017
08/27/17 Inherited or Owned?
Homily from the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><br />So many people have been "raised Catholic, but..." They have never embraced the inheritance of the Faith they have been given. They may even have the answers to all of the questions, but those who can say "I've been raised Catholic, and..." are those who have actually met the living God. We want to be the kind of community where we don't just "know about" God, but a group of people who have encountered the God who is present when we are honest.<br /><br />Mass Readings from August 27, 2017:<br />Isaiah 22:19-23<br />Psalm 138:1-2,2-3,6,8<br />Romans 11:33-36<br />Matthew 16:13-20
Sep 27, 2017
08/13/17 Courage and Jesus
Homily from the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><br />Living as a Catholic in this world takes courage. But it also takes the power that only comes from Jesus.<br /><br />Mass Readings from August 13, 2017:<br />1 Kings 19:9, 11-13<br />Psalm 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14<br />Romans 9:1-5<br />Matthew 14:22-33
Sep 27, 2017
07/30/17 Youths!
Homily from the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Homily given at the Steubenville Youth Conference in Spokane, WA.<br /><br />What we love determines the course of our lives more than anything else.<br /><br />Mass Readings from July 30, 2017:<br />1 Kings 3:5,7-12<br />Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130<br />Romans 8:28-30<br />Matthew 13:44-52
Sep 27, 2017
07/09/17 Disciples Make Disciples
Homily from the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><br />Programs can do some good, but only disciples can make disciples. A disciple has allowed Jesus to be the Lord of their learning, their love, and their life.<br /><br /><b><u>Mass Readings from July 09, 2017:</u></b><br />Zechariah 9:9-10<br />Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14<br />Romans 8:9, 11-13<br />Matthew 11:25-30<br /><br />
Sep 27, 2017
06/25/17 Two Questions
Homily from the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">What's your price?</div><br />Many people think that witnessing to Christ with one's life is for those who are far away or who lived in another time. But we are asked the same questions every day that the martyrs were asked at the moment of their final witness to Jesus. <br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from June 25, 2017:</strong></u><br />Jeremiah 20:10-13<br />Psalm 69: 8-10, 14, 17, 33-35<br />Romans 5:12-15<br />Matthew 10:26-33<br />
Sep 27, 2017
04/30/17 A Blur
Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.<br /><div class="subtitle">Life doesn’t have to be an exercise in futility.</div><br />We often move from one thing that dominates our time and attention to the next thing that dominates our time and attention. When we realize that Jesus Christ has ransomed us from our sin and from all that dominates our lives, when we realize that He is present and active, when we realize that He is still teaching and feeding us, then we live lives of reverence and meaning.<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from April 30, 2017:</strong></u><br />Acts 2:42-47<br />Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-8,9-10, 11<br />1 Peter 1:17-21<br />Luke 24:13-35<br /><br />A Journal for Your Journey: Interested in the "God Is... Journal" mentioned in the homily? Download this card to use as a guide with your own journal as you journey with the Lord this summer:<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD ONE JOURNAL CARD, TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari): http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/GodIsCardSingle.pdf<br /><br />FOR GROUPS, FAMILIES, AND OTHERS WHO WOULD LIKE MULTIPLE CARDS, TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari): http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/GodIsCardGroup.pdf<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Sep 27, 2017
04/23/17 Wholehearted: Hole-Hearted
Homily from the Sunday of Divine Mercy.<br /><div class="subtitle">The healing God wants.</div><br />The Little Way of Saint Terese is “little the entire way.” This means coming face to face with struggles and wounds we may battle our entire lives. With our confidence firmly centered on Jesus, we can love God as much as He possibly can be loved by our wounded hearts…by our hearts with holes.<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from April 23, 2017:</strong></u><br />Acts 2:42-47<br />Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24<br />1 Peter 1:3-9<br />John 20:19-31 <br /><br />TO READ THE PROMISES ATTACHED TO THE CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY MENTIONED IN THE HOMILY:<br />http://fathersofmercy.com/wp-content/uploads/Divine-Mercy-Chaplet-Promises-Attached-To.pdf<br /><br />TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CONSECRATION TO MERCIFUL LOVE:<br />http://www.thedivinemercy.org/news/33-Days-Lets-Make-the-Time-and-Consecrate-Together-6666<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Wholehearted-Hole-Hearted.pdf<br /><br />
Sep 27, 2017
04/14/17 Humiliated
Homily from Good Friday of the Lord's Passion.<br /><div class="subtitle">More than humbled. </div><br />Jesus allows himself to be humiliated for us. Our shame isolated us. And the isolation is often greater when the shame is hidden or exposed but not understood. Jesus embraces both forms of shame. Because of that, we do not need to fear to embrace Him.<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from April 14, 2017:</strong></u><br />Isaiah 52:13—53:12<br />Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25<br />Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9<br />John 18:1—19:42
Sep 27, 2017
04/09/17 Wholehearted: You Win
Homily from Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion.<br /><div class="subtitle">Let that “one more” be you.</div><br />One of the primary difficulties for us as Christians is to truly understand our role in the story of Christ’s Passion. Our role is difficult to face. Our role is that “I am responsible for the death of Christ”. But Merciful Love reveals another role we can exercise: we can console Jesus in His agony, suffering, and death. How? We console Jesus by allowing Him to extend the mercy He won for us to us. By trusting Jesus in our weakness…by bringing our sin and our broken hearts to Jesus in Confession, we are giving Him the victory that He gave everything to accomplish. By letting Jesus forgive us in Confession, we are consoling His Heart by not allowing His sacrifice to go to waste on us.<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from April 09, 2017:</strong></u><br />Isaiah 50:4-7<br />Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24<br />Phillipians 2:6-11<br />Matthew 26:14—27:66<br /><br />TO ORDER THE BOOK MENTIONED AFTER THE HOMILY FOR THE LENTEN SERIES, TAP ON THIS LINK OR PASTE IT IN YOUR BROWSER:<br />http://a.co/7MYwxrD<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Wholehearted-You-Win.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
04/02/17 Wholehearted: Even Now
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.<br /><div class="subtitle">Love and suffering.</div><br />Jesus reveals His heart. He is the God of the broken heart. And Jesus reveals that He is the God who is willing to suffer for the sake of the one He loves. We are called to love Jesus…and to love like Jesus. This means being willing to suffer for the One we love as well. And in this suffering, God will be able to do something to us and do something through us that is only possible in darkness.<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from April 02, 2017:</strong></u><br />Ezekiel 37:12-14<br />Psalm 130:1-8<br />Romans 8:8-11<br />John 11:1-45<br /><br />TO ORDER THE BOOK MENTIONED AFTER THE HOMILY FOR THE LENTEN SERIES, TAP ON THIS LINK OR PASTE IT IN YOUR BROWSER:<br />http://a.co/7MYwxrD<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Wholehearted-Even-Now.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
03/26/17 Wholehearted: Into the Heart
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Lent.<br /><div class="subtitle">The Lord looks into the heart.</div><br />It is a great sign of humility to not be surprised by weakness. It is a great sign of hope to not be discouraged by weakness. It is a great sign of love to not be stopped by weakness. It is a great sign that one is taking Jesus seriously to not be disqualified by weakness.<br /><br />Mass Readings from March 26, 2017:<br />1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13<br />Psalm 23: 1-3, 3B-4, 5, 6<br />Ephesians 5:8-14<br />John 9:1-41<br /><br />TO ORDER THE BOOK MENTIONED AFTER THE HOMILY FOR THE LENTEN SERIES, TAP ON THIS LINK OR PASTE IT IN YOUR BROWSER:<br />http://a.co/7MYwxrD<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wholehearted-into-the-heart
Sep 27, 2017
03/19/17 Wholehearted: Unwanted
Homily from the Third Sunday of Lent.<br /><div class="subtitle">To be seen. To be known. To be wanted.</div><br />Because of the wound against trust that has come into all of our hearts, it is difficult to be vulnerable. It is challenging to be vulnerable before other people. And it is incredibly challenging to be vulnerable before God. Because we all know that one can only be loved if a person is beautiful, healthy, strong… "whole”. Due to this, we all carry around a temptation to shame. Only when our shame is named and we allow Jesus to call us out of the shame can we step towards living whole-heartedly.<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from March 19, 2017:</strong></u><br />Exodus 17:3-7<br />Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9<br />Romans 5:1-2, 5-8<br />John 4:5-42<br /><br />TO ORDER THE BOOK MENTIONED AFTER THE HOMILY FOR THE LENTEN SERIES, TAP ON THIS LINK OR PASTE IT IN YOUR BROWSER:<br />http://a.co/7MYwxrD<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Wholehearted-Unwanted.pdf<br /><br />
Sep 27, 2017
03/12/17 Wholehearted: The School of Trust
Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.<br /><div class="subtitle">Obedience leads to understanding. Trust leads to courage.</div><br />Ever since the Fall in the Garden of Eden, our image of God has become distorted. We find that we don’t naturally trust God. We all have the temptation to imagine that God is simply out to eliminate joy and ruin our happiness. And yet, the entire Bible is God’s attempt to win back our trust. Father Michael Gaitley calls this attempt “God’s School of Trust”.<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from March 12, 2017:</strong></u><br />Genesis 12:1-4<br />Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22<br />2 Timothy 1:8-10<br />Matthew 17:1-9<br /><br />TO ORDER THE BOOK MENTIONED AFTER THE HOMILY FOR THE LENTEN SERIES, TAP ON THIS LINK OR PASTE IT IN YOUR BROWSER:<br />http://a.co/7MYwxrD<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Wholehearted-The-School-of-Trust.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
03/01/17 Wholehearted: Go Big. Be Small.
Homily from Ash Wednesday.<br /><div class="subtitle">Are you trying to prove you are lovable? Does your weakness prove that you aren’t?</div><br />Lent is tough. Fasting is tough. Christianity is tough. Jesus reveals that His Heart is soft when it comes to our weakness. If we are willing to come out of hiding and fully give our entire selves to Him, He can make our hearts whole in the midst of our littleness.<br /><br />Mass Readings from March 01, 2017:<br />Joel 2:12-18<br />Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17<br />2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2<br />Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18<br /><br />TO ORDER THE BOOK MENTIONED AFTER THE HOMILY FOR THE LENTEN SERIES, TAP ON THIS LINK OR PASTE IT IN YOUR BROWSER:<br />http://a.co/7MYwxrD<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Wholehearted-Go-Big.-be-small..pdf
Sep 27, 2017
02/26/17 Two Roads: Master or Disaster: Through the Door
Homily from the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">The future is one thing we do not need to know to be wise.</div><br />If we knew the future, very few of us would make foolish decisions. But very few of us make decisions in the first place. Many people prefer to be carried along by other peoples’ decisions and by the circumstances of life. But wise people make decisions. And they make these wise decisions without knowing the future. Instead, they look at their past, their present, and where they would like to end up. And then they choose. This choice does not have to be a leap…sometimes it is just a step.<br /><br />Mass Readings from February 26, 2017:<br />Isaiah 49:14-15<br />Psalm 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9<br />1 Corinthians 4:1-5<br />Matthew 6:24-34<br /><br />TO ORDER THE BOOK MENTIONED AFTER THE HOMILY FOR THE LENTEN SERIES, TAP ON THIS LINK OR PASTE IT IN YOUR BROWSER:<br />http://a.co/7MYwxrD<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Two-Roads-Through-the-Door.pdf<br />
Sep 27, 2017
02/19/17 Two Roads: Master or Disaster: Apprentice
Homily from the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Knowledge becomes wisdom through relationship.</div><br />If a person is going to craft a life through wisdom, then they will need to find a master craftsman. It is this apprenticeship that helps a person become wise. Whenever it is crucial that a person becomes wise, they always discover someone who can show them how to live wisely. Every excellent life passes through wisdom…and knowledge becomes wisdom through relationship.<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from February 19, 2017:</strong></u><br />Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18<br />Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13 <br />1 Corinthians 3:16-23<br />Matthew 5:38-48<br /><br />TO ORDER THE BOOK MENTIONED AFTER THE HOMILY FOR THE LENTEN SERIES, TAP ON THIS LINK OR PASTE IT IN YOUR BROWSER:<br />http://a.co/7MYwxrD<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Two-Roads-Apprentice.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
02/12/17 Two Roads: Master or Disaster: Become Wise
Homily from the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Choosing the Law means choosing interior freedom.</div><br />An external guide can be helpful and, at times, necessary. But we are called to move beyond the external boundaries to an internal freedom. By choosing the good, we become more and more free to choose the good. By choosing wisdom, we become wise.<br /><br />Mass Readings from February 12, 2017:<br />Sirach 15:15-20<br />Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34<br />1 Corinthians 2:6-10<br />Matthew 5:17-37<br /><br />TO ORDER THE BOOK MENTIONED AFTER THE HOMILY FOR THE LENTEN SERIES, TAP ON THIS LINK OR PASTE IT IN YOUR BROWSER:<br />http://a.co/7MYwxrD<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Two-Roads-Become-Wise.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
02/05/17 Two Roads: Master or Disaster: Un-losable
Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">What happens to wisdom when we lose the un-losable?</div><br />If salt loses its taste, it is no longer salt. It has lost something that is un-losable. In the process of becoming wise and crafting a masterpiece, there are a number of important elements. Wisdom requires vision, experience, and memory. But there is one more element that is essential to wisdom…and we have lost it.<br /><br />Mass Readings from February 5, 2017:<br />Isaiah 58:7-10<br />Psalm 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9<br />1 Corinthians 2:1-5<br />Matthew 5:13-16<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Two-Roads-Un-losable.pdf<br /><br />
Sep 27, 2017
01/29/17 Two Roads: Master or Disaster: Fool-ism
Homily from the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">A fool is one who acts but doesn’t know…or one who knows but doesn’t act.</div><br />With every passing moment, we are choosing what kind of life we will have lived. God wills for us to choose to live wisely. A person with wisdom has competence and character; they know the right thing to do in any situation and they have the ability to do the right thing in any situation. A fool is the person who either acts without knowing…or knows without acting.<br /><br />Mass Readings from January 29, 2017:<br />Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13<br />Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10<br />1 Corinthians 1:26-31<br />Matthew 5:1-12<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Two-Roads_-Master-or-Disaster-Fool-ism.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
01/22/17 Within Reach
Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Do God's will, as He wills it, because He wills it. </div><br />Holiness is within reach. Everyone baptized has been sanctified and made holy. And it is not difficult to be a Saint. It simply means, by God's grace, doing God's will today.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from January 22, 2017:</u></strong><br />Isaiah 8:23—9:3<br />Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14<br />1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17<br />Matthew 4:12-23
Sep 27, 2017
01/15/17 Called to Be Holy
Homily from the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">What is it to be holy?</div><br />How does a sinful people live in the presence of an all-holy God? By allowing Him to make us holy and by living on purpose.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from January 15, 2017:</u></strong><br />Isaiah 49:3, 5-6<br />Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10<br />1 Corinthians 1:1-3<br />John 1:29-34
Sep 27, 2017
01/01/17 Learn from Your Past
Homily from the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.<br /><div class="subtitle">All moments are key moments.</div><br />When we encounter the new year, we may be tempted to ignore our past. But the truly wise person, like Mary, will ponder all that happens in their life and learn from their past.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from January 01, 2017:</u></strong><br />Numbers 6:22-27<br />Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8<br />Galatians 4:4-7<br />Luke 2:16-21
Sep 27, 2017
12/25/16 The God Who Risks
Homily from the Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Mass).<br /><div class="subtitle">Risk is at the heart of Christianity.</div><br />The world is a dangerous place. To be a Christian is a dangerous call. Jesus offers us a mission and a role, but not certainty. To be a follower of Jesus means to leap, to risk, and to fight.<br /><br />Mass Readings from December 25, 2016:<br />Isaiah 52:7-10<br />Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6<br />Hebrews 1:1-6<br />John 1:1-18
Sep 27, 2017
12/11/16 Joy to the World: Unconditional Joy
Homily from the Third Sunday of Advent.<br /><div class="subtitle">If I do this, then I will get that.</div><br />Is it possible to love without conditions? Is it possible to have faith without conditions? Is it possible to have joy without conditions? When we love to love God for His own sake, unconditional joy can be a reality.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from December 11, 2016:</u></strong><br />Isaiah 35:1-6, 10<br />Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10<br />James 5:7-10<br />Matthew 11:2-11<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Joy-to-the-World-Unconditional-Joy.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
12/04/16 Joy to the World: Anti-Fragile Joy
Homily from the Second Sunday of Advent.<br /><div class="subtitle">The joy that can thrive in any environment.</div><br />Christian joy is more than a feeling. It is the sense of well-being that is the fruit of something else. It is the fruit of a life lived in God. A life “lived in God” is eminently practical; it simply involves the honest prayer, “Father, Thy will be done." If a person lives this prayer in every environment, one can experience the joy that thrives in any environment.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from December 4, 2016:</u></strong><br />Isaiah 11:1-10<br />Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17<br />Romans 15:4-9<br />Matthew 3:1-12<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Joy-to-the-World-AntiFragile-Joy.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
11/27/16 Joy to the World: Choose Joy
Homily from the First Sunday of Advent.<br /><div class="subtitle">Joy can be a feeling, but it is also a choice.</div><br />God desires your happiness. But this happiness is more than mere pleasure and more than mere emotion. True joy, like true love, is a decision. Joy is the sense of well-being that is the result of the certain expectation or possession of one’s heart’s desire.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from November 27, 2016:</u></strong><br />Isaiah 2:1-5<br />Psalm 122: 1-9<br />Romans 13:11-14<br />Matthew 24:37-44<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Joy-to-the-World-Choose-Joy.pdf<br />
Sep 27, 2017
11/20/16 Homesick: With Him
Homily from the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.<br /><div class="subtitle">What is it that makes “paradise” Paradise?</div><br />Home isn’t home unless someone is there. And Heaven is not Heaven without God. Other people are one of the great joys of Heaven, but the Greatest Thing is not merely “others”, but “The Other”. The heart of Heaven is God Himself.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from November 20, 2016:</u></strong><br />2 Samuel 5:1-3<br />Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5<br />Colossians 1:12-20<br />Luke 23:35-43<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Homesick-With-Him.pdf<br /><br />
Sep 27, 2017
11/13/16 Homesick: A Body Like His
Homily from the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">We will all be changed...in the blink of an eye.</div><br />"I believe in the resurrection of the dead.” That means your resurrection. God has destined us to get our bodies back at His final coming. But what will those bodies be like? How will they be changed? How will they be new? The answer is hidden in what Christ’s body is like.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from November 13, 2016:</u></strong><br />Malachi 3:19-20<br />Psalm 98:5-6, 7-8, 9<br />2 Thessalonians 3:7-12<br />Luke 21:5-19<br /><br />Scriptures Referenced in the Homily: <br />1 Corinthians 15:51<br />1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49<br />Gospel of John, Chapter 20<br /><br />TO READ THE C.S. LEWIS EXCERPT, "FROM LIZARD TO STEED", CLICK OR TAP ON THIS LINK:<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/From-Lizard-to-Steed.pdf <br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Homesick-A-Body-Like-His.pdf<br /><br />TO MAKE A DONATION, TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THIS LINK INTO YOUR INTERNET BROWSER:<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/donate<br /><br />THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!<br /><br /><br />
Sep 27, 2017
11/06/16 Homesick: Here and Now...There and Then
Homily from the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Heaven is the one thing that gives this world meaning.</div><br />Without Heaven (and Hell), life is essentially meaningless and Death wins. The Resurrection proves that Death is not the last word and that the wisest way to live in the “Here and Now” is oriented towards “There and Then”. But what will Heaven be like?<br /><br />Mass Readings from November 6, 2016:<br />2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14<br />Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15<br />2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5<br />Luke 20:27-38<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Homesick-Here-and-Now.pdf<br /><br />TO MAKE A DONATION, TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THIS LINK INTO YOUR INTERNET BROWSER:<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/donate<br /><br />THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!<br /><br /><br />
Sep 27, 2017
11/01/16: Homesick: The Goal of the Saints
Homily from the Solemnity of All Saints.<br /><div class="subtitle">Now they know.</div><br />The goal of the Christian is life with God. The saints have reached this goal and spur us on. They pray for us on our way Home.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from November 1, 2016:</strong></u><br />Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14<br />Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6<br />1 John 3:1-3<br />Matthew 5:1-12<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Faith-Works-Fruit-of-Faith-1.pdf<br /><br />TO MAKE A DONATION, TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THIS LINK INTO YOUR INTERNET BROWSER:<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/donate<br /><br />THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!<br /><br /><br /><br />
Sep 27, 2017
10/30/16 Faith Works: The Fruit of Faith
Homily from the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Faith that moves is the only faith that matters.</div><br />The Christian Faith will never be relevant if it remains at the level of private, personal belief and does not transform our lives. Faith is meant to move us. Faith is meant to transform us. Faith is meant to bear fruit in a life that looks like the life of Jesus. The fruit of faith is a changed life. A faith that works is a faith that moves…and this is the only kind of faith that matters.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from October 30, 2016:</u></strong><br />Wisdom 11:22-12:2<br />Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13, 14<br />2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2<br />Luke 19:1-10<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Faith-Works-Fruit-of-Faith-1.pdf<br /><br />TO MAKE A DONATION, TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THIS LINK INTO YOUR INTERNET BROWSER:<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/donate<br /><br />THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!<br /><br />
Sep 27, 2017
10/23/16 Faith Works: Resume Faith
Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Is faith about what is on your resumé?</div><br />Are you stuck in the trap where you have to do enough, so that you have enough, in order to be enough? If faith merely comes down to presenting God with our resume, then we are not faithful…we are superstitious. Christian faith is appealing to Jesus’ work, not ours. Christian faith is about appealing to Jesus’ victory, not ours. Christian faith is about appealing to Jesus’ goodness, not our own.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from October 23, 2016:</u></strong><br />Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18<br />Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23<br />2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18<br />Luke 18:9-14<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Faith-Works-Resume-Faith.pdf<br /><br />TO MAKE A DONATION, TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THIS LINK INTO YOUR INTERNET BROWSER:<br />http://bulldogcatholic.og/donate<br /><br />THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Sep 27, 2017
10/16/16 Faith Works: The Forge of Faith
Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Great faith is the result of small, repeated “yeses" over time.</div><br />Every great story needs a beginning. But it needs more than just a beginning. A great story requires tension, obstacles, and patient perseverance. When we give God our “yes”, even when we don’t know how the story will end, we are walking the path of faith. This path is necessary to become the people God will us to be. But it is easy to forget and hard to remember the reasons we are walking in the first place. Because of that, we all need reminders in our lives who call us back to our “yes”.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from October 16, 2016:</u></strong><br />Exodus 17:8-13<br />Psalm 121:1-8<br />2 Timothy 3:14-4:2<br />Luke 18:1-8<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Faith-Works-Forge-of-Faith.pdf<br /><br />TO MAKE A DONATION, TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THIS LINK INTO YOUR INTERNET BROWSER:<br />http://bulldogcatholic.og/donate<br /><br />THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Sep 27, 2017
10/09/16 Faith Works: Beginning Faith
Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">"Something happened to me…and now I’m Yours."</div><br />Faith is first of all a response. It is the response to an encounter with God. In a completely free way, God reveals Himself. Intellectual faith responds with “I believe you”. Living faith responds with “I want to behave in the way you are calling me to”. Simple faith responds with “I belong to you”. Ultimately, faith is “saying yes” to God.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from October 9, 2016:</u></strong><br />2 Kings 5:14-17<br />Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4<br />2 Timothy 2:8-13<br />Luke 17:11-19<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Faith-Works-Beginning-Faith.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
10/02/16 Interrupted: Divine Appointments
Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Use what you have.</div><br />It's not that we don't have enough gifts, it's that we waste a lot of them. Once we realize that we have gifts and that God will bring about "divine appointments", every interruption becomes an opportunity. <br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from October 2, 2016:</u></strong><br />Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4<br />Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9<br />2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14<br />Luke 17:5-10<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Interrupted-Divine-Appointments.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
09/26/16 Interrupted: Too Busy to Notice
Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Many people aren’t bad…they’re just busy.</div><br />As Catholics, we believe that people matter. The world has been changed by Catholic Christians who did more than just believe this truth; they allowed this truth to interrupt their lives and they acted on it. What is the difference between them and us? It is threefold: we are too busy to notice, too numb to care, and think we are too small to matter. What if that changed?<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from September 25, 2016:</u></strong><br />Amos 6:1, 4-7<br />Psalm 146:7-10<br />1 Timothy 6:11-16<br />Luke 16:19-31<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari): http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Interrupted-Too-Busy-to-Notice.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
09/18/16 Interrupted: Intentional Interruptions
Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. <br /><div class="subtitle">Not all interruptions are bad.</div><br />An interruption is anything that takes our attention away from one’s primary task. But what if you don’t know your primary task? Or what if you aren’t living for your primary task? Are there some interruptions that might bring our attention back to the task we are supposed to be living for?<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from September 18, 2016:</u></strong><br />Amos 8:4-7<br />Psalm 113:1-2,4-6,7-8<br />1 Timothy 2:1-8<br />Luke 16:1-13<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari): http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Interrupted_-Intentional-Interruptions.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
09/11/16 Interrupted: Avoiding the True God
Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Is the main goal of the spiritual life to keep God off our back?</div><br />What happens when our plan encounters God’s plan? No one likes interruptions, but they are a part of life. God is the Great Interrupter. Because we all know this, we can find ourselves doing all that we can to avoid the true God…the God who interrupts our lives.<br /><br />Mass Readings from September 11, 2016:<br />Exodus 32:7-11,13-14<br />Psalm 51:3-4,12-13,17,19<br />1 Timothy 1:12-17<br />Luke 15:1-32<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari): http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Interrupted-Avoiding-the-True-God.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
09/04/16 Beginning
Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">You often only need enough to start.</div><br />The conditions for being a disciple of Jesus can be incredibly challenging. But they are not complicated. The conditions for discipleship all come down to one question: does Jesus have permission to interrupt your life? If He does, then you simply need to begin.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from September 4, 2016:</u></strong><br />Wisdom 9:13-18B<br />Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14-17<br />Philemon 9-10, 12-17<br />Luke 14:25-33<br /><a href="http://bulldogcatholic.org/homilies-archive/">Listen to more homilies...</a>
Sep 27, 2017
08/28/16 Fear of Missing Out
Homily from the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">You can choose to be limited by fear or motivated by gratitude.</div><br />Fear can be a great motivator. But it is also something that drains us of life. Humility is essential for a joyful life. In order to grow in humility, one simply must choose gratitude. A person cannot be fearful and grateful at the same time.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from August 28, 2016:</u></strong><br />Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29<br />Psalm 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11<br />Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24<br />Luke 14:1, 7-14<br /><a href="http://bulldogcatholic.org/homilies-archive/">Listen to more homilies...</a><br /><br />
Sep 27, 2017
07/24/16 Use It Or...
Homily from the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Our environment has power when our will power runs out.</div><br />Jesus promised that the father would send the Holy Spirit to anyone who asks. But that gift would be wasted on anyone who had no plans to use the gift. Have I set up my life so as to use the gift of the Father, or is my environment oriented towards my losing the gift?<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from July 24, 2016:</u></strong><br />Genesis 18:20-32<br />Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8 <br />Colossians 2:12-14<br />Luke 11:1-13<br /><br /><a href="http://bulldogcatholic.org/homilies-archive/">Listen to more homilies...</a><br />
Sep 27, 2017
06/26/16 To Be Free
Homily from the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><br />Jesus has not only called us to be free, He has made it possible for us to be free. But true freedom means that we take responsibility, action, and joy.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from June 26, 2016:</u></strong><br />1 Kings 19:16B, 19-21<br />Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9<br />Galatians 5:1, 13-18<br />Luke 9:51-62
Sep 27, 2017
06/19/16 A Summertime Examination
Homily from the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><br />Today, Jesus asks the question, "Who do you say that I am?" Fathermike asks, "Who do you say that you are?" Revisiting common themes and questions, we ask if we really are who we say we are: disciples of Jesus.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from June 19, 2016:</u></strong><br />Zechariah 12:10-11; 13:1<br />Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9<br />Galatians 3:26-29<br />Luke 9:18-24
Sep 27, 2017
06/12/16 The Slide and the Break
Homily from the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><br />Few bad people decide to be bad, but every good person has to decide to be good.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from June 12, 2016:</u></strong><br />2 Samuel 12:7-10, 13<br />Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11<br />Galatians 2:16, 19-21<br />Luke 7:36—8:3
Sep 27, 2017
05/01/16 Heroic Confidence: Trusted Teacher
Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter.<br /><div class="subtitle">The Church will stay on course. Will I stay on board?</div><br />Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter.<br /><br />We all need a teacher in whom we can have confidence. Jesus gave us this teacher when He founded the Catholic Church. You can have confidence that Jesus Christ founded and guides the Catholic Church. And even when you don’t understand a teaching...or if you fail to live up to the teachings of the Church, this is where you belong. <br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from May 1, 2016:</u></strong><br />Acts 15:1-2, 22-29<br />Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8<br />Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23<br />John 14:23-29<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Heroic-Confidence-Trusted-Teacher.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
04/24/16 Heroic Confidence: Resilience
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Easter.<br /><div class="subtitle">It is necessary to go through hardships.</div><br />There are times when we can avoid a problem. And there are times when there is no other option than to go through the difficulty. Lives change when we learn how to not merely avoid adversity, but to pass through adversity. Resilience is the ability to pass through adversity, and it is possible for everyone to develop this crucial trait. Without it, we will remain unchanged and unable. With resilience, we will become capable. <br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from April 24, 2016:</u></strong><br />Acts 14:21-27<br />Psalm 145:8-13<br />Revelation 21:1-5<br />John 13:31-35<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Heroic-Confidence-Resilience.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
04/17/16 Heroic Confidence: Even If
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter.<br /><div class="subtitle">Confidence regardless of the outcome.</div><br />When a person has confidence, they are entrusting themselves to another. Christian hope is not centered around an idea; it is focused on a Person. One of the things we know about God is that God is always faithful. One of the ways we grow in heroic confidence is by remaining faithful even if we are not delivered. <br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from April 17, 2016:</u></strong><br />Acts 13:14, 43-52<br />Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 5<br />Revelation 7:9, 14-17<br />John 10:27-30<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Heroic-Confidence-Even-If.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
04/10/16 Heroic Confidence: Becoming Unoffendable
Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.<br /><div class="subtitle">You can choose to become unoffendable.</div><br />After Pentecost, the early Christians had a unique strength. Not only did they boldly proclaim the Gospel, but they were immune to insults and taking offense. As followers of Christ, we must choose to avoid giving offense, but we must also choose to not take offense. Being offended is always a sign of immaturity. Christians must be so grounded in the truth and rooted in our identity in Jesus that we choose to become unoffendable.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from April 10, 2016:</u></strong><br />Acts 5:27-32, 40-41<br />Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13<br />Revelation 5:11-14<br />John 21:1-19<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Heroic-Confidence-Becoming-Unoffendable.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
04/03/16 Heroic Confidence: Caution or Confidence
Homily from Divine Mercy Sunday.<br /><div class="subtitle">You can have confidence in the Divine Mercy of God.</div><br />Timidity and fear are not meant to be a part of the Christian life. While we may experience these emotions, our hope is fortified by the solid conviction that Jesus Christ has conquered all that threatens to conquer us…and He has triumphed. With this solid conviction, we first confidently claim the mercy that He offers us.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from April 3, 2016:</u></strong><br />Acts 5:12-16 <br />Psalms 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24<br />Revelation 1:9-11A, 12-13, 17-19<br />John 20:19-31<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Heroic-Confidence-Caution-or-Confidence.pdf<br /><br />
Sep 27, 2017
03/27/16 "Yeah...and?"
Homily from The Resurrection of the Lord.<br /><div class="subtitle">With Jesus, the truth can't hurt.</div><br />We can think that God loves us because we are good and we deserve it. The truth is that He loves us because He is good and we need it.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from March 27, 2016:</u></strong><br />Acts 10:34, 37-43<br />Psalms 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 <br />Colossians 3:1-4<br />John 20:1-9
Sep 27, 2017
03/20/16 It's Nothing Personal: Taking Him Personally
Homily from Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion.<br /><div class="subtitle">That moment you realize that His story is your story. </div><br />The entire point of the spiritual life is to grow in love. One of the ways that we grow in love is to realize our part in the story. Another way we grow in love is to get into the story and watch Jesus, listen to Jesus, and interact with Jesus. Catholics call this Holy Spirit-inspired imaginative prayer “Ignatian Prayer”. And it has the potential to change your life forever.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from March 20, 2016:</u></strong><br />Luke 19:28-40 (Procession)<br />Isaiah 50:4-7<br />Psalms 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24<br />Luke 22:14—23:56<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Taking-Him-Personally.pdf<br /><br />TO LEARN MORE ABOUT IGNATIAN PRAYER AND TO FOLLOW ALONG WITH HOLY WEEK REFLECTIONS, TAP ON OR COPY THIS LINK:<br />http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-spiritual-exercises/an-ignatian-prayer-adventure/week-7
Sep 27, 2017
03/13/16 It's Nothing Personal: Dryness and Difificulties
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.<br /><div class="subtitle">True Christian maturity passes through the desert.</div><br />Every relationship has to be purified. Every true and great love has to be purified. When God calls us into the desert, He is calling us to enter into deeper relationship and into greater love. <br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from March 13, 2016:</u></strong><br />Isaiah 43:16-21<br />Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6<br />Philippians 3:8-14<br />John 8:1-11<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Its-Nothing-Personal-Dryness-and-Difficulties.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
02/28/16 It's Nothing Personal: Fear and Fearlessness
Homily from the Third Sunday of Lent.<br /><div class="subtitle">Let God be God.</div><br />To find one’s self in the Presence of the true and living God is overwhelming. If we allow God to be the real, Personal, God who is in pursuit of us, we will find ourselves growing in Fear of the the Lord. If we remain in His Presence, we grow in fearlessness. <br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from February 28, 2016:</u></strong><br />Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15<br />Psalm 103: 1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11<br />1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12<br />Luke 13:1-9<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Fear-and-Fearlessness.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
02/21/16 It's Nothing Personal: Faith and Faithfulness
Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.<br /><div class="subtitle">The primary battle in prayer is faithfulness.</div><br />Prayer is all about a relationship. That makes it incredibly personal. But in order for prayer to be what it should be, we need two things. First, a conviction that God is present. Second, the commitment to be present as well. We pray because He has asked us to. Because of that, it doesn’t matter what “happens” during prayer. God shows up. And so do you. <br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from February 21, 2016:</u></strong><br />Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18<br />Philippians 3:17—4:1<br />Luke 9:28-36<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Faith-and-Faithfulness.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
02/14/16 It's Nothing Personal: Two Steps
Homily from the First Sunday of Lent.<br /><div class="subtitle">There are two steps to Heaven. Step one: God loves you. Step two: You let Him.</div><br />So many people do not have a personal relationship with God simply because they falsely believe that prayer comes down to a “technique”. For all of the beautiful and complex prayers and ways to pray that there are out there, it really all comes down to two simple steps.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from February 14, 2016:</u></strong><br />Deuteronomy 26:4-10<br />Romans 10:8-13<br />Luke 4:1-13<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Its-Nothing-Personal-Two-Steps.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
02/10/16 Personal, Not Private
Homily from Ash Wednesday.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from February 10, 2016:</u></strong><br />Joel 2:12-18 <br />2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2 <br />Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Sep 27, 2017
02/07/16 Everybody's Working: Not What, But How
Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Could your work mean more than you realize? </div><br />When Jesus steps into your boat, He may call you to leave your nets and follow Him. But He also might call you to stay with your nets and follow Him. You may not be called to a new what, but Jesus calls you to a new how.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from February 07, 2016:</u></strong><br />Isaiah 6:1-8<br />1 Corinthians 15:1-11<br />Luke 5:1-11<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari): <br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Everybodys-Working-Not-What-But-How.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
01/31/16 Everybody's Working: Not What, But Who
Homily from the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">There is no such thing as work that is beneath you.</div><br />We can place so much emphasis on what kind of job we have or what kind of work we do that we lose sight of what it is that gives work dignity. Human work has dignity because of the fact that human beings, made in God's image and acting as His co-workers, are doing the work.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from January 31, 2016:</u></strong><br />Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19<br />1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13 <br />Luke 4:21-30<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari): <br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Everybodys-Working-Not-What-But-Who.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
01/24/16 Everybody's Working: Called to Work
Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Work is the response to a call. Not to self-expression, but to self-donation.</div><br />If work is about me, then it will always involve fruitless and pointless toil. But if work is about responding to a call outside or myself…if it is about responding to a need outside of myself…then work is free to simply “be work”. And we can cease to look to work for validation, identity, and meaning.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from January 24, 2016:</u></strong><br />Nehemiah 8:2-4, 5-6, 8-10<br />1 Corinthians 12:12-30<br />Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari): <br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Everybodys-Working-Called-to-Work.pdf<br /><br />*SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED: THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED!*
Sep 27, 2017
01/17/16 Everybody's Working: Made for Work
Homily from the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Is work a curse? Or is it one of God’s blessings?</div><br />In the beginning, God made human beings for work. Work is one of the attributes we share with God. We are made to be God’s co-workers in this world. This reality wasn’t lost after the Fall, but it was obscured. We work for the wrong things or in the wrong way. But work is still a blessing if we look at it with the proper vision.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from January 17, 2016:</u></strong><br />Isaiah 62:1-5<br />1 Corinthians 12:4-11<br />John 2:1-11<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari): http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Everybodys-Working-Made-for-Work.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
01/10/16 I Am Not
Homily from the Baptism of the Lord.<br /><div class="subtitle">The first step to holiness is telling the truth.</div><br />Real freedom and joy…real relationships and holiness...are based off telling the truth. The essential virtue of telling the truth about one’s self is humility. Without humility, I remain a mystery to myself and hidden from God and others. With humility, I can finally hear the voice of the Father.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from January 10, 2016:</u></strong><br />Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7<br />Acts 10:34-38<br />Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
Sep 27, 2017
12/25/15 The Imperfect Present
Homily from the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas).<br /><div class="subtitle">Jesus is the perfect present given in the imperfect present.</div><br />So many people put off living well, celebrating well, and being happy by living in the past or waiting for the future. But Jesus comes to us here and now. He doesn't wait for things to be perfect, but comes to us in the imperfect present.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from December 25, 2015:</u></strong><br />Isaiah 52:7-10<br />Hebrews 1:1-6<br />John 1:1-18
Sep 27, 2017
12/13/15 The Promise: The Hope of the Promise
Homily from the Third Sunday in Advent.<br /><div class="subtitle">Hope is the heart of every promise.</div><br />Hope is trust in another extended into the future. The promise of Jesus makes hope possible. Our “yes” to His promise makes hope actual. Mary, the Mother of Christians, makes our hope strong. Our hope is this: Jesus is with us…and will be with us.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from December 13, 2015:</u></strong><br />Zephaniah 3:14-18<br />Philippians 4:4-7<br />Luke 3:1-6<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari): http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/The-Promise-Hope-of-the-Promise.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
12/08/15 The Promise: The Woman of the Promise
Homily from the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.<br /><div class="subtitle">"I am your Merciful Mother, the Merciful Mother of all of you who live united in this land, and of all mankind, of all those who love me."</div><br />Mary is the woman of the Promise because she is the New Eve. God continues to fight the enemies of those whom He loves through the intercession of Mary, the Mother of His Son. Even though her “yes” cost her her life and the life of her Son, Mary continues to say “yes” to the Father when His children need God’s grace.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from December 8, 2015:</u></strong><br />Genesis 3:9-15, 20<br />Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12<br />Luke 1:26-38<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari): http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/The-Promise-Woman-of-the-Promise.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
12/06/15 The Promise: The Mother of the Promise
Homily from Second Sunday in Advent.<br /><div class="subtitle">A new Ark, a new Queen, a new Mother.</div><br />For centuries, God’s people walked in darkness and silence. When God’s presence overshadowed Mary, God proved that He keeps His promises.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from December 6, 2015:</u></strong><br />Baruch 5:1-9<br />Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11<br />Luke 3:1-6<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari): http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Mother-of-the-Promise.pdf<br />
Sep 27, 2017
11/29/15 The Promise: A Part of the Promise
Homily from the First Sunday in Advent.<br /><div class="subtitle">Mary, the Mother of God, is a part of the promise. And so are you.</div><br />We can look back to the distant past. We can look to some unseen future. Or we can realize that we are called to participate in the Promises of God right here. Right now.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from November 29, 2015:</u></strong><br />Jeremiah 33:14-16<br />1 Thessalonians 3:12—4:2<br />Luke 21:25-28, 34-36<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari): http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/A-Part-of-the-Promise.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
11/22/15 Christ the King
Homily from the Solemnity Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.<br /><div class="subtitle">Is the Lord of the Universe the Lord of my life?</div><br />We all have something broken inside of us that we wish wasn’t there. We can try to ignore or or attempt to manage it. Those solutions never work. There is another way: we can let Jesus Christ, Lord of the Universe, be the Lord of our lives…including our brokenness.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from November 22, 2015:</u></strong><br />Daniel 7:13-14<br />Revelation 1:5-8<br />John 18:33B-37<br /><br />Due to the holiday there is no Bible Study this week. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!<br /><br />
Sep 27, 2017
11/15/15 Ordinary Time: Grow and Guard
Homily from the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">We guard what we value.</div><br />If God has a vision for life, we have to grow that vision. We have to cultivate it and use it. But we also have to care for God’s vision for our lives. We have to protect and guard it. Above all else, guard your heart. If we don’t guard this “central part” of ourselves, we won’t have it when we need it.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from November 15, 2015:</u></strong><br />Daniel 12:1-3<br />Hebrews 10:11-14, 18<br />Mark 13:24-32<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Grow-and-Guard.pdf<br /><br />IF YOU'D STILL LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION, TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/donate/
Sep 27, 2017
11/08/15 Ordinary Time: The Last Ten Percent
Homily from the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Do you give out of your surplus or out of your substance?</div><br />Our lives are marked by sacrifice. In many ways, Christian sacrifice is taking ordinary things and making them sacred by offering them to God. But if we only offer God our surplus, then the only things in our lives that get transformed are our “extra” things. The core of our life remains unchanged. We can give God our “first fruits”…our first ten percent. Or we can live extraordinary lives by giving God the last ten percent.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from November 08, 2015:</u></strong><br />1 Kings 17:10-16<br />Hebrews 9:24-28<br />Mark 12:38-44<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Ask.-Offer.-Accept.pdf<br /><br />TO DONATE OR SCHEDULE A DONATION FOR OUR ANNUAL GIVE TO THE MAX FUNDRAISER, TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY IT TO YOUR BROWSER:<br />https://givemn.org/organization/453713320-7799544
Sep 27, 2017
11/01/15 Ordinary Time: Ask. Offer. Accept.
Homily from the Solemnity of All Saints.<br /><div class="subtitle">Be what you are and be that well.</div><br />Winning in the Christian life is also called “being a saint." Winning is possible. Being a saint means willing what God wills. It means allowing every moment to be a holy moment by asking God to be present, offering Him each moment, and resolving to accept His will.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from November 1, 2015:</u></strong><br />Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14<br />1 John 3:1-3<br />Matthew 5:1-12<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Ask.-Offer.-Accept.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
10/25/15 Ordinary Time: Do It Now
Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">The one difference between potential and sanctity.</div><br />You have everything you need to be the saint God created you to be. You have all of the potential you need. There is one difference between the saints and the rest of us: when it comes to doing it now or doing it later...the saints do it now.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from October 25, 2015:</u></strong><br />Jeremiah 31:7-9<br />Hebrews 5:1-6<br />Mark 10:46-52<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Ordinary-Time-Do-It-Now.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
10/18/15 Ordinary Time: No Wonder
Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">You've never met an ordinary person.</div><br />We have an entitlement problem. In order to escape that problem, in order to live lives out of the ordinary, we need to rediscover wonder.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from October 18, 2015:</u></strong><br />Isaiah 53:10-11<br />Hebrews 4:14-16<br />Mark 10:35-45<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Ordinary-Time-No-Wonder.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
10/11/15 Ordinary Time: Drifting
Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Without a vision, the people perish.</div><br />You need a vision, a plan, and will to live the kind of life that God wants for you.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from October 11, 2015:</strong></u><br />Wisdom 7:7-11<br />Hebrews 4:12-13<br />Mark 10:17-30<br /><br />To see where you fit in on the “Life of a Typical American” chart that Father mentioned in the homily, click on this link or copy and paste it into your browser: Safari, Chrome, Firefox: http://www.citylab.com/work/2015/08/the-life-of-a-typical-american-in-weeks/401645/.<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Ordinary-Time-Drifting.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
10/04/15 One and Only: The Only One
Homily from the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">You feel alone. You aren’t the only one.</div><br />We have a loneliness problem. Each of us can feel like we are the only one who feels alone, unknown, and unloved. God has a plan for our lives, but it is not the elimination of loneliness. It is something more. God’s plan for our lives, our being made in His image (God is love) is more than “loneliness avoidance”. God’s plan for our lives is that we learn to love, to participate in the school of love, and be an image of His love to the world.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from October 4, 2015:</u></strong><br />Genesis 2:18-24<br />Hebrews 2:9-11 <br />Mark 10:2-16<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY TAP ON THIS LINK, OR COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/The-Only-One.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
09/27/15 One and Only: Exceptional
Homily from the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">If I see myself as one to whom the rules don’t apply…I will see myself as one to whom the grace cannot reach.</div><br />We are all tempted to fall into the trap of believing that we are the exception. The rules apply to “other people”, but they don’t apply to me. Other people should behave a certain way, but in my case, I have a “pass”. I am the exception. I am exceptional. The problem with this is that it can lead us not only into a pattern of excuses and exemption, but we can also begin to see ourselves as being the exception when it comes to God’s mercy.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from September 27, 2015:</u></strong><br />Numbers 11:25-29<br />James 5:1-6<br />Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Exceptional.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
09/20/15 One and Only: Somebody Special
Homily from the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">It matters to know why your life matters.</div><br />We all want to be someone special. Every one of us has something inside of us that wants to prove that we are unique. What do we have that proves we are worth choosing, that we are worth loving? Some people have a long list of accomplishments or qualities that seem to prove that they deserve to be the One and Only…but where does worth really come from? The answer to this question makes all the difference.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from September 20, 2015:</u></strong><br />Wisdom 2:12, 17-20<br />James 3:16—4:3<br />Mark 9:30-37<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Somebody-Special.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
09/13/15 One Among Many?
Homily from the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Jesus is either one among many or He is the One and Only.</div><br />In a culturally diverse world, it is easy to see Christianity as simply one more religion among many. Jesus could easily be seen as just one more holy person among many. Is there any evidence that could lead us to staking our entire lives on the Christian claim? And the entire Christian claim rises and falls on the answer to this one question: is Jesus merely one among many? Or is he the One and Only?<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from September 13, 2015:</strong></span><br />Isaiah 50:5-9<br />James 2:14-18<br />Mark 8:27-35<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/One-and-Only-One-Among-Many_.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
09/06/15 The Long Way
Homily from the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Sometimes the long way is the best way.<br /></div><br />So often, we can become obsessed with our destination, or distracted by the journey. Jesus took His disciples on an eight month walk so that they could learn how to live like Him.<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from September 06, 2015:</u></strong><br />Isaiah 35:4-7<br />James 2:1-5<br />Mark 7:31-37
Sep 27, 2017
08/30/15 Showing Up
Homily from the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">The one thing that makes the most difference is completely in your control. <br /></div><br />There are countless areas of life that are beyond our control. We can't control how others will act, what our roommate will be like, or when our big breaks will happen. But we can control whether we show up or not. For His part, God has made His promise: He will always show up. He is not God "over there", but God "with us."<br /><br /><strong><u>Mass Readings from August 30, 2015:</strong></u><br />Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8<br />James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27<br />Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Sep 27, 2017
08/23/15 Cattle Prod
Homily from the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Being a disciple requires that we decide whom we will serve. <br /></div><br />It can sometimes be easier to decide whom to serve when there is clear opposition. When Joshua led the people of Israel into the Promised Land, their enemy was obvious. Then, it was clear that they needed virtue and knowledge, to be strong and courageous. But what happens when there is no obvious "enemy"? In that case, it is even more crucial to make the decision...or the decision will be made for you.<br /><br />Mass Readings from August 23, 2015:<br />Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18<br />Ephesians 5:21-32<br />John 6:60-69
Sep 27, 2017
08/16/15 A Bad Investment
Homily from the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">You know you are meant to live forever. Why aren't you living like it?</div><br />Some people can go through their whole lives not knowing the real reason they are alive. Others may know the reason, but they live as if they don't. The Bible has a special word for that second kind of person: "fool." The "game of life" can be lost by someone who is merely foolish just as easily as it can be lost by someone who is evil. You are made to win. Which means you are meant to live as someone who is wise.<br /><br />Mass Readings from August 16, 2015:<br />Proverbs 9:1-6<br />Ephesians 5:15-20<br />John 6:51-58
Sep 27, 2017
07/05/15 Want vs Ought
Homily from the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Freedom is not the power to do what you want, it is the power to do what you ought.</div><br />All of us have something about our situation or ourselves that we hate. Freedom and grace don't mean that God takes away all of our weaknesses, but Jesus can work through our weaknesses. By letting God's grace into our wounds and weaknesses, His grace is enough...for His power is made perfect in weakness.<br /><br />Mass Readings from July 5, 2015:<br />Ezekiel 2:2-5<br />2 Corinthians 12:7-10<br />Mark 6:1-6
Sep 27, 2017
06/28/15 The Test
Homily from the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><br /><div class="subtitle">If you have been gifted, will you be a gift?</div><br />We all face tests throughout our lives. The worst tests are arbitrary. The best tests reveal the truth about where we are. Saint Paul invites the Church to take the test of whether we are living in God's image, willing to give from our blessings.<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from June 28, 2015:</strong></span><br />Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24<br />2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15<br />Mark 5:21-43
Sep 27, 2017
06/21/15 Living for More
Homily from the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><br /><div class="subtitle">When you find something worth living for, the best gift is your presence.</div><br />We spend our lives on any number of pursuits. It is a great gift to discover someone to whom you can give your life. Fathers are meant to be this gift for their children. Christ is this gift for us. In His strength and service, Jesus is the model of fatherhood: the gift of His presence.<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from June 21, 2015:</strong></span><br />Job 38:1, 8-11 <br />2 Corinthians 5:14-17<br />Mark 4:35-41
Sep 27, 2017
06/07/15 The Mass Makes a Difference
Homily from the Solemnity of Corpus Christi.<br /><br />The Eucharist is the most powerful prayer that exists. Yet so many Catholics don't expect anything to "happen" at Mass. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass isn't just something to do; the Mass makes a difference.<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from June 07, 2015:</strong></span><br />Exodus 24:3-8<br />Hebrews 9:11-15<br />Mark 14:12-16, 22-26
Sep 27, 2017
05/31/15 Make Disciples
Homily from the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Given at the Sunday Mass at the Encounter Young Adult Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.<br /><div class="subtitle">What is the point of the Church?</div><br />Jesus gave the Church the Great Commission. We have a choice: either we strive for this or we are "okay" with settling for failure as the norm.<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from May 31, 2015:</strong></span><br />Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40<br />Romans 8:14-17<br />Matthew 28:16-20
Sep 27, 2017
05/30/15 Young and Stupid
Homily from the Saturday(!) of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time. Given at the Encounter Young Adult Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.<br /><div class="subtitle">Live so as to become wise.</div><br />Our world idolizes youth. But older (and wiser) generations valued something more than youth. A life spent pursuing this valuable commodity is a life well lived.<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from May 30, 2015:</strong></span><br />Sirach 51:12-20<br />Mark 11:27-33<br /><br /><br /><br />
Sep 27, 2017
05/10/15 As If: Your Life Matters
Homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter.<br /><div class="subtitle">Does your life matter? Do you live like it does?</div><br />Most of us think that we matter, but very few of us actually live as our life is important. We waste time on relationships that won’t last. We spend ourselves managing other people’s perception of us rather than pursue excellence. And we care more about our own fame than God’s glory. In this one life that we have been given, you have been chosen to bear a different kind of fruit…the kind that will last.<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from May 10, 2015:</strong></span><br />Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 <br />1 John 4:7-10<br />John 15:9-17<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/As-If-Your-Life-Matters.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
05/03/15 As If: Jesus Was Our Source
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Easter.<br /><div class="subtitle">Where is your confidence in a world without certainty?</div><br />We are overwhelmed by the challenges and uncertainty of life. To walk with faith is to walk with Christ. To remain in Christ is to make intentional and specific decisions to follow Him. When we cannot do this all at once, we do it through small, possible steps.<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from May 3, 2015:</strong></span><br />Acts 9:26-31 <br />1 John 3:18-24 <br />John 15:1-8<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/As-If-Jesus-Was-Our-Source.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
04/26/15 As If: You Had Something to Say
Homily from the Fourth Sunday of Easter.<br /><div class="subtitle">If you were put on the spot, would you have an answer?</div><br />There will be times in our life when we will have to answer some important questions. When that day comes, will you have something to say? Or will you be speechless?<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from April 26, 2015:</strong></span><br />Acts 4:8-12<br />1 John 3:1-2<br />John 10:11-18<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/As-If-You-Had-Something-To-Say.pdf<br />
Sep 27, 2017
04/19/15 As If: God Had Something to Say
Homily from the Third Sunday of Easter.<br /><div class="subtitle">God has something He wants you to know.</div><br />Too often, Catholics aren't changed by the Scriptures. But God wants that to change.<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from April 19, 2015:</strong></span><br />Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 <br />1 John 2:1-5<br />Luke 24:35-48 <br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/As-If-God-had-something-to-say.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
04/12/15 As If: You Really Believed
Homily from Divine Mercy Sunday.<br /><br /><div class="subtitle">What would your life look like if you lived this week as if you had faith?</div><br />Our faith is based off of the fact of the Resurrection. Often, we think that “having faith” means “feeling” a certain way. But real Christian faith is based on a fact and lived out in actions. We are called to both profess our faith and to then exercise our faith.<br /></br><br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from April 12, 2015:</strong></span><br />Acts 4:32-35<br />1 John 5:1-6<br />John 20:19-31<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/As-If-You-Really-Believed.pdf<br />
Sep 27, 2017
04/05/15 Unnecessary
Homily from the Resurrection of the Lord, Easter Sunday.<br /><br />People believe all sorts of things. The fact of Christ's resurrection frees us from myths and makes all things new...including you.<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from April 5, 2015:</strong></span><br />Acts 10:34, 37-43<br />Colossians 3:1-4<br />John 20:1-9<br />
Sep 27, 2017
03/29/15 Give Me a Sign: The Heart of the Covenant
Homily from Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion.<br /><div class="subtitle">The New Covenant is the very Heart of God.</div><br />For the early Church, the New Testament was the Eucharist. The New Covenant was sealed in the very Body and Blood of Jesus. Because of this New Covenant in Christ’s Body, we not only have a relationship with God, we have full access to God’s heart. <br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from March 29, 2015:</strong></span><br />Isaiah 50:4-7 <br />Philippians 2:6-11 <br />Mark 14:1—15:47<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Give-Me-a-Sign-The-Heart-of-the-Covenant.pdf<br />
Sep 27, 2017
03/22/15 Give Me A Sign: The Meal
Homily from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.<br /><div class="subtitle">To consume the meal is to consummate the covenant.</div><br />The final and essential element to establishing a covenant is the sharing of a ritual meal. This action brought the covenant to completion, and sealed the family bonds. In the new and eternal covenant, the meal we consume is nothing less than the very Body and Blood of the God who hands Himself over for us.<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from March 22, 2015:</strong></span><br />Jeremiah 31:31-34 <br />Hebrews 5:7-9<br />Mark 9:2-10<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Give-Me-a-Sign-The-Meal.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
03/08/15 Give Me A Sign: The Oath
Homily from the Third Sunday of Lent.<br /><div class="subtitle">Words mean something.</div><br />Words have power. When we call upon God to witness and be a part of our statements, they can become oaths. Oaths are essential for covenants and the stakes couldn't be higher. Every Sacrament is a covenant (or a participation in a covenant) and this means that we ought to be careful what we "say".<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from March 8, 2015:</strong></span><br />Exodus 20:1-17 <br />Romans 8:31-34<br />Mark 9:2-10<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Give-Me-a-Sign-The-Oath.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
03/01/15 Give Me a Sign: Sign and Sacrifice
Homily from the Second Sunday of Lent.<br /><div class="subtitle">Real relationships involve real sacrifice.</div><br />Covenants establish real relationships. God's covenant with us, sealed by His own sacrifice, established that the Eucharist is the sign and the sacrifice of the new and eternal covenant.<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from March 1, 2015:</strong></span><br />Genesis 22:1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18<br />Romans 8:31-34<br />Mark 9:2-10<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Give-Me-a-Sign-Sign-and-Sacrifice.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
02/22/15 Give Me A Sign: Sign of the Covenant
Homily from the First Sunday of Lent.<br /><div class="subtitle">Signs that cause what they signify.</div><br />Every covenant has a visible sign. This sign brings about, renews, or expresses the invisible reality of a new relationship being formed. Beginning with the very first page of the Bible, God establishes a real relationship with His people. The sign and Sacrament of Baptism brings the covenants of history into your story.<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from February 22, 2015:</strong></span><br />Genesis 9:8-15<br />1 Peter 3:18-22<br />Mark 1:12-15<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Give-Me-a-Sign-Part-One.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
02/18/15 One Percent
Homily from Ash Wednesday.<br /><br />Too many times we "do something" for Lent solely based off the idea that "I should or "I want to." This Lent, ask Jesus if He has any ideas of what He wants you to do to get closer to Him.<br /><br /><b><u>Mass Readings from Wednesday, February 18, 2015:</b></u><br />Joel 2:12-18<br />2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2<br />Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Sep 27, 2017
02/15/15 Mind the Gap: Surrender
Homily from the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">The one thing in a relationship that changes everything in the relationship is trust.</div><br />What would your life look like if you knew that you could absolutely trust God? If you knew that, even in the midst of suffering and failure, rejection and sickness, God’s will could be done as long as you were willing to trust Him and say “yes”? The one thing that closes the gap between who we are and who we are meant to be — more than anything else — is to trust God at each moment and surrender to a God who loves you.<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from February 15, 2015:</strong></span><br />Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46<br />1 Corinthians 10:31—11:1 <br />Mark 1:40-45<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Mind-the-Gap-Surrender.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
02/08/15 Mind the Gap: The Task
Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">Doing the task that is set before you as best you can--no more and no less--is the mark of a person becoming who they are meant to be.</div><br />Jesus lived on mission. This meant that He did what He needed to do when He needed to do it the way He needed to do it. If we are going to close the gap between who we are and who we are meant to be, we need to be willing to do the job at hand.<br /><br />Mass Readings from February 08, 2015:<br />Job 7:1-4, 6-7 <br />1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23 <br />Mark 1:29-39<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Mind-the-Gap-Three-The-Task.pdf<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE PRAYER HANDOUT, COPTY THE FOLLOWING LINK INTO YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://74.220.207.107/~umdcatho/prayerhandout2015.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
02/01/15 Mind the Gap: Intimidated
Homily from the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">To close the gap between you and who you were meant to be, you have to be willing to close the gap between you and God.</div><br />Closing the gap is intimidating. Meeting the true and living God is intimidating. But it is as easy as letting yourself be loved.<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from February 01, 2015:</strong></span><br />Deuteronomy 18:15-20<br />1 Corinthians 7:32-35<br />Mark 1:21-28<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Mind-the-Gap-Two.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
01/25/15 Mind the Gap: Quitter
Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><div class="subtitle">To start closing the gap, learn to quit.</div><br />Do we need more information in order to follow Jesus? Or do we need more courage?<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from January 25, 2015:</strong></span><br />Jonah 3:1-5, 10<br />1 Corinthians 7:29-31 <br />Mark 1:14-20<br /><br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Mind-the-Gap-One.pdf<br />
Sep 27, 2017
12/25/14 Dressing Up
Homily from Christmas Day.<br /><br />"I could present this morning an argument for God's existence, an argument for Jesus being God, an argument that Jesus established His Catholic Church, all of those arguments. And all of those arguments could change your mind, I believe that 100%. But the thing is this: arguments change minds. But you need something else to change a heart. It's a Person that changes hearts, it's Love that changes hearts. ... God is your soul mate. He is the One your heart is made for. It's actually not your spouse, it's not your kids, it's not your future spouse, it's not the person I want to meet someday and marry someday. They are not your soul mate. Jesus Christ is the One your hearts were made for. And what we celebrate today, and what we pray for today, is that we not just hear another argument about Jesus or another argument about God, but that we actually get to <strong><em>meet</em></strong> the One our hearts were made for, and to let that change us. Because arguments won't do it. We need something deeper to change our hearts."<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from December 25, 2014:</strong></span><br />Isaiah 52:7-10<br />Hebrews 1:1-6<br />John 1:1-18
Sep 27, 2017
12/14/14 Waiting Well: Celebrate While You Wait
Homily from the Third Sunday of Advent.<br /><br />"This is what life is like. 'I've got all these papers due, I've got all these projects due, I've got this test to do, I've got all this stuff to do, I've got all this pressure on me!' And this is so beautiful that, in the middle of all of this, the Church says, 'Yes, in the middle of <strong>this kind</strong> of life, rejoice!' You don't have to wait for life to be perfect to be able to take joy in it. You don't have to wait for stress to be done to say actually, right now, <strong><em>today</em></strong>, I can rejoice. Because you have to realize this: it is a <em>choice</em> to rejoice. "<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from December 14, 2014:</strong></span><br />Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11<br />1 Thessalonians 5:16-24<br />John 1:6-8, 19-28<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Waiting-Well-Three.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
12/07/14 Waiting Well: What Are You Waiting For?
Homily from the Second Sunday of Advent.<br /><br />"We don't have to pretend that we are living before Jesus. We are not waiting for Jesus to come into the world, what we are waiting for is we are longing for Jesus to come into certain areas of my life, and my world, and my heart. That's what we're waiting for. So the question I would ask you is where do you want Jesus to enter into your life? That's what this Advent can be all about: where are you hoping for Him to come into your life?"<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from December 07, 2014:</strong></u><br />Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 <br />2 Peter 3:8-14<br />Mark 1:1-8 <br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Waiting-Well-Two.pdf<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE ADVENT HANDOUT, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Adventreadings2014.pdf<br /><br />
Sep 27, 2017
11/30/14 Waiting Well: Confident Desperation
Homily from the First Sunday of Advent.<br /><br />"I know this about myself and I know this about my heart, I imagine that you know this about yourself and your heart, too. On my own, I can't possibly love God as much as He can possibly be loved by me. But if He makes my heart new, if He makes <strong><em>me</em></strong> new, if I say, 'God, I give You permission this Advent to come into parts of my heart that You haven't come into yet, to come into parts of my life that You haven't come into yet. I give You permission to make my heart bigger so that I can love you as much as you can possibly be loved.' I just have to ask the question: do you want that? Do you desire that?"<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from November 30, 2014:</strong></u><br />Isaiah 63:16-17, 19; 64:2-7 <br />1 Corinthians 1:3-9<br />Mark 13:33-37 <br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Waiting-Well-One.pdf<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE ADVENT HANDOUT, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Adventreadings2014.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
11/23/14 Kingdom Come: Epic
Homily from the Solemnity of Christ the King.<br /><br />"Think about the lengths to which God has gone to definitively state how much you are worth, and the lengths to which God has gone to definitively state that your decisions made in your life matter, that you're part of the Kingdom, and that you're part of this story. ... You're in an epic story, and your decisions actually matter. The worst is when you are in the middle of an epic story and you don't even realize it."<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from November 23, 2014:</strong></u><br />Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 <br />1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 <br />Matthew 25:31-46 <br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Kingdom-Come-4.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
11/16/14 Kingdom Come: First Love
Homily from the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><br />"The image for the Kingdom is that Jesus is the Bridegroom and the Church is the Bride. And what happens, at the Last Supper what does Jesus give to His Bride? He says, 'Take this, this is My Body.' Just like a husband does to his wife on their wedding night, what does he say? He says, 'Take this, this is my body given for you.' And on the Last Supper night, Jesus Himself says to His Bride, the Church, 'Take this, this is My Body, given for you.' ... Remember that Jesus' mission was not just to save us, but to establish a Kingdom. And so when the Bride asks the Bridegroom, 'Jesus, are you going to establish a Kingdom now?' The Bridegroom says, 'No, no, no, I am entrusting My mission to you.' The Husband, finding in her someone worthy entrusts His Heart to her, that thing that is most important, most precious to Him. The last thing Jesus said on this earth was 'I am giving you my heart. I am entrusting my mission, that is now your mission.' ... You have to realize, you guys, when Jesus brought you into the Church, when He brought you into the Kingdom, He didn't just want to make you a part of the Kingdom. He wanted to make you a part of His <strong><em>mission</em></strong> in the Kingdom. Just like when a husband or a wife give themselves to each other, they don't just kind of want to share each other's life with each other, they want to share the mission of the other person."<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from November 16, 2014:</strong></u><br />Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31<br />1 Thessalonians 5:1-6<br />Matthew 25:14-30<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Kingdom-Come-3.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
11/09/14 Kingdom Come: The Temple
Homily from the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome.<br /><br />"'If the Temple was so important to the Jews, if it was so important for the Jews to <em>be</em> Jewish that they needed a temple, how come Christians didn't rebuild the Temple? When Christians came back into the Holy Land, when Christianity became the religion of the Roman Empire, how come they built St. John Lateran and didn't go back and rebuild the Temple?' Because of today's Gospel. What did Jesus say about the Temple? It's going to be destroyed. What's going to happen? I'm going to raise it up in three days. What Temple was He talking about? His own Body. And this is so crazy, when every Christian saw the destruction of the Temple, the Temple was gone but they already knew that just like Baptism had fulfilled and replaced circumcision, where does every Christian find Christ's Body [the Temple] everywhere in the world? In the Eucharist."<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from November 09, 2014:</strong></u><br />Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 <br />1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17<br />John 2:13-22<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Kingdom-Come-2.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
11/02/14 Kingdom Come: Truth and Consequences
Homily from the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls).<br /><br />"So I am on the phone, 'Yes, Subaru people, thy will be done.' Because that's the key: 'You're the expert, and I don't know, so whatever you need to do, just go ahead and do it.' And that's what we say to the Father, that should be our core prayer: 'God, what do You want me to do? Let me do that.' If that's your prayer, you are on the right track. If that's not your prayer yet, it's a really, really good place to start. The reality is, we have to start. Because if we want God's Kingdom to come, if we want His Will to be done, that means it has to be done here first in us first."<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from November 3, 2014:</strong></u><br />Wisdom 3:1-9<br />Romans 5:5-11<br />John 6:37-45<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THE FOLLOWING LINK IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER (Chrome, Firefox, Safari):<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Kingdom-Come-1.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
10/26/14 One Thing
Homily from the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><br />"Every one of us is standing in front of a block of marble known as "The Rest of Your Life". I don't care how old you are. Everyone of us is standing in front of a block of marble that is the rest of your life. And the question is this: do you have a vision for what you want that block of marble to look like when you're done? Michaelangelo carved David in 3 to 5 years, he took away everything that wasn't supposed to be there. If I lived the next 3 to 5 years the same way I lived these last 7 days, will my life look like the vision I have for my life?"<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mass Readings from October 26, 2014:</strong></span><br />Exodus 22:20-26<br />1 Thessalonians 1:5-10<br />Matthew 22:34-40
Sep 27, 2017
10/19/14 Apostrophe S
Homily from the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><br />"Give to Caesar what's Caesars. But then give to God what is God's. Jesus, talking to these people who are so pre-occupied with image, He busts through and He says, "Actually, the TRUE image of you, your TRUE image, is that you are made in God's image. That means that you belong to Him. So how are you doing with that? How are you doing with giving your whole self to the One tho whom you belong?"<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from October 19, 2014:</strong></u><br />Isaiah 45:1, 4-6<br />1 Thessalonians 1:1-5<br />Matthew 22:15-21<br />
Sep 27, 2017
10/12/14 The Secret: In Christ
Homily from the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.<br /><br />"Here is the deal. Changing circumstances? They don't change God. And if that's true, than changing circumstances don't have to change me. They don't have to change my faith or my trust in God."<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from October 12, 2014:</strong></u><br />Isaiah 25:6-10<br />Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 <br />Matthew 22:1-14<br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THIS LINK INTO YOUR BROWSER (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc) ADDRESS BAR:<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/The-Secret-Study-4-2014.pdf
Sep 27, 2017
10/05/14 The Secret: Praise and Thanksgiving
Homily from the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.<br /><br />"The Gospel story for tonight is the story of Gabriel coming to Mary, and we know what happens right after this. ... Mary doesn't know what is going to happen. She didn't choose that circumstance. She simply said yes to God's plan. She didn't choose that battle. But you know what's going to happen, not only is she going to give birth as a single Mom, she is going to give birth to GOD, which is, I don't know, relatively overwhelming to any fourteen-year-old I imagine. ... Mary knows, 'I am going to go into battle. I am going into a circumstance that I did not choose, that I do not have control over, that is bigger than me.' What is the first thing that Mary does, the first thing Our Lady of Victory does when she goes into battle? She gives up praise. What is praise? ... It is the bold and courageous assertion that even though my circumstances change, God doesn't change. Even though my battle changes, God doesn't change. And even though my problems change, God, You do not change."<br /><br /><u><strong>Mass Readings from October 5, 2014:</strong></u><br />Acts 1:12-14<br />Romans 8:28-30 <br />Luke 1:26-38<br /><br /><br />TO DOWNLOAD THE BIBLE STUDY, COPY THIS LINK INTO YOUR BROWSER (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc) ADDRESS BAR:<br />http://bulldogcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/The-Secret-Study-3-2014.pdf<br />
Sep 27, 2017