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June 11, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE HOLY TRINITY –  CYCLE “A” –  JUNE 11TH, 2017  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! In preparation for the Feast of the Holy Trinity, I have been having conversations all week long about the Holy Trinity with all sorts of people. Read more about June 11, 2017[…]

June 4, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF PENTECOST –  CYCLE “A”  –  JUNE 4TH, 2017  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to each of you this day! One of my favorite things to do, as a little boy, was to play catch.  I loved throwing a ball around, and didn’t matter if itRead more about June 4, 2017[…]

May 28, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE ASCENSION  –  MAY 28TH, 2017  –  CYCLE “A”  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! Many times in our lives, when people in authority over us, go away, many times they will leave a list of things for us to, in theirRead more about May 28, 2017[…]

May 21, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER –  CYCLE “A” –  MAY 21ST, 2017  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! Have you ever had that feeling of being abandoned?  Have you ever felt all alone, and like there was no one in the whole world to helpRead more about May 21, 2017[…]

April 30, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER – CYCLE “A” –  4/30/17  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! When we’ve only met someone once, or maybe even twice, it can be a little difficult to recognize them.  We don’t know them that well.  We don’t remember everyRead more about April 30, 2017[…]

April 23, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER – CYCLE “A” –  4/23/17  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!    Peace and goodness to you this day! There are many ways of telling that it is a week after Easter.  First of all, your refrigerator is probably empty of all the ham and the boiled eggsRead more about April 23, 2017[…]

April 16, 2017

A HOMILY FOR EASTER SUNDAY –  CYCLE “A” –  APRIL 16TH, 2017  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!    Peace and goodness to you on this Feast! Easter of 1968 was a monumental occasion in my family’s household.  I was eight-years-old and in the third grade.  And it was that particular Easter, that my brothers andRead more about April 16, 2017[…]

April 9, 2017

A SHORTER HOMILY FOR PALM SUNDAY 2017 –  CYCLE “A” –  4/9/17 –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!    Peace and goodness to you this day! One of the things that has always struck me about our readings today, is how quickly we can get from the Triumphant entry into Jerusalem, that we read about inRead more about April 9, 2017[…]

April 2, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT –  CYCLE “A” –  4/2/17  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!   Peace and Goodness to you this day! It is thought by many scripture scholars, that Mary, Martha, and Lazarus were Jesus’ closest friends.  Jesus was close to the Apostles, but it was a different kind ofRead more about April 2, 2017[…]

March 26, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT –  CYCLE “A” –  MARCH 26TH , 2017  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! Our Gospel story starts out today with the disciples asking Jesus about WHY this man was born blind.  There’s got to be a reason.  It hasRead more about March 26, 2017[…]

March 5, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT –  CYCLE “A” –  3/5/17  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!     Peace and goodness to you this day! Last week, I was channel-surfing on the TV, and I went up into those channels that I never watch.  I didn’t even know what most of them were.  AndRead more about March 5, 2017[…]

February 26, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME –  CYCLE “A” –  FEB. 26TH, 2017  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! Just over a week and a half ago, we celebrated those whom we love in this life.  We bought flowers, and sent cards, and there wasRead more about February 26, 2017[…]

February 19, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME –  CYCLE “A” –  2/19/17  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! Sometimes, it seems, that everything has its hardest part.  The hardest part of learning something new, is the discipline, practice, study, and time that it takes to learnRead more about February 19, 2017[…]

February 12, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME –  CYCLE “A” –  2/12/17  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! You know that we live in a great country, when you start looking around at all the choices that we have!  Have you ever counted up all theRead more about February 12, 2017[…]

February 5, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME –  CYCLE “A” –  2/5/17  –  SMG +   Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! A couple of weeks ago I read a great story about a parish in Rwanda, that I want to share with you today.  This particular Parish had hadRead more about February 5, 2017[…]

January 29, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “A” –  1/29/17  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!    Peace and goodness to you this day! If there’s anything that we love, it is making things better.  I mean, hopefully, that’s our goal always, with everything!  We are constantly trying to improve our livesRead more about January 29, 2017[…]

January 22, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME  –  CYCLE “A” –  1/22/17  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!    Peace and goodness to you this day! There are times, when the strongest, most independent people in the world, should NOT be alone.  Even hermits need to check-in with their spiritual directors once in awhile. Read more about January 22, 2017[…]

January 15, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “A” –  1/15/17  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!    Peace and goodness to you this day! I would suppose that most of us have needed a recommendation or a referral before, for some reason.  Many times this comes in the form of a requestRead more about January 15, 2017[…]

January 8, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF EPIPHANY –  CYCLE “A” –  1/8/17  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!    Peace and goodness to you this day! I know that we’re just coming out of the greatest gift-giving season of the entire year, but as we come to the end of our season of Christmas, I thoughtRead more about January 8, 2017[…]

January 1, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF MARY MOTHER OF GOD –  CYCLE “A” –  1/1/17  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!    Peace and goodness to you this day! We were all saddened this week to hear of the deaths of Carrie Fisher, and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, especially since they died just within a dayRead more about January 1, 2017[…]

January 1, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF MARY MOTHER OF GOD –  CYCLE “A” –  1/1/17  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!    Peace and goodness to you this day! We were all saddened this week to hear of the deaths of Carrie Fisher, and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, especially since they died just within a dayRead more about January 1, 2017[…]

December 25, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF CHRISTMAS – CYCLE “A” –  12/25/16  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!    Peace and goodness to each of you this day! It was just a couple of years ago when I went to visit some friends of mine for our annual Christmas dinner together.  It was actually several daysRead more about December 25, 2016[…]

December 18, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT – CYCLE “A” –  12/18/16  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!    Peace and goodness to you this day! This is a hectic and fearsome time of the year!  There are just so many different things that can go wrong the week before Christmas!  The Christmas presents canRead more about December 18, 2016[…]

December 11, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT –  CYCLE “A” –  DEC. 11TH, 2016  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! Today the Church is filled with joy.  Today we rejoice!  We light the pink candle on our Advent wreath, signifying joy, and it burns bright as weRead more about December 11, 2016[…]

December 4, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT – CYCLE”A” –  12/4/16  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!   Peace and Goodness to you this day! One of the greatest challenges facing almost all organizations, is how do they move you to get involved?  They might get your attention.  They might entice you with their message. Read more about December 4, 2016[…]

November 27, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT – CYCLE “A” –  11/27/16  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! One of the realities of modern life is noise.  We are surrounded by noise nearly constantly.  Cars, trucks, TV’s, radios, airplanes, rock concerts, squeeze toys, alarm clocks, sirens, phonesRead more about November 27, 2016[…]

November 20, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE –  CYCLE “C” – 11/20/16 – SMG + Pax et Bonum!    Peace and goodness to you this day! It is no news flash to any of us, that there are times when we really need a leader.  Remember when you wereRead more about November 20, 2016[…]

November 13, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “C” –  11/13/16  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! Today’s Gospel from St. Luke reminds me of all the side effects caused by the different medications today.  Maybe it’s because St. Luke was a doctor!  But youRead more about November 13, 2016[…]

November 6, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “C” – 11/6/16 – SMG +  Pax et Bonun!   Peace and goodness to you this day! What will Heaven be like?  It’s a question that I think that we’d all like to have answered!  As Catholic Christians, we are following Jesus home to thisRead more about November 6, 2016[…]

November 1, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF ALL SAINTS  –  11/1/16  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! It is very difficult for most of us to consider ourselves saints.  We know our weaknesses.  We know our sins.  We know, especially if we’re honest, just how bad each us haveRead more about November 1, 2016[…]

October 30, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME –  CYCLE “C” – 10/30/16  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!    Peace and goodness to you this day! A few years ago, the people who make Klondike Ice Cream bars, came up with a unique advertising campaign based on “What would you do for a KlondikeRead more about October 30, 2016[…]

October 23, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDIN ARY TIME —  CYCLE “C” – 10/23/16  – SMG +  Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! I suppose, that whether we like to admit or not, we have all judged other people, by the way that they look or appear.  You know, todayRead more about October 23, 2016[…]

October 16, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “C” –  10/16/16  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! The widow in today’s parable has a problem.  We’re not exactly sure what the problem is, but whatever it is, she doesn’t have anybody to help her withRead more about October 16, 2016[…]

October 9, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “C” –  10/9/16  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! Ten lepers were healed by Jesus.  Leprosy was one of the worst possible things that could happen to you in Jesus’ day.  It still not a good thingRead more about October 9, 2016[…]

October 2, 2016

A BRIEF HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “C” – 10/1/16 –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!    Peace and Goodness to you this day! You know, I suppose that all of us don’t feel like we have enough Faith.  We could all believe more.  We could all trust more.  We couldRead more about October 2, 2016[…]

September 25, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “C” – SEPT. 25TH, 2016 – SMG + Pax et Bonum! Peace and goodness to you this day! We all get up every morning, and begin our day, and head into our daily routines, fully expecting to come back home that evening, to goRead more about September 25, 2016[…]

September 18, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “C” – SEPT. 18TH, 2016 + Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! We know that the artist, scientist, inventor Leonardo Di Vinci used his gifts, his talents, and his time to create of the world’s greatest works of art.  WeRead more about September 18, 2016[…]

August 28, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “C” –  8.28.16  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!    Peace and Goodness to you this day! Growing up in our families is where we learn the rules to eating together at the dinner table.  Some families have a lot of rules.  And some familiesRead more about August 28, 2016[…]

August 21, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “C” –  8/21/16  – SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to meet up with some friends of mine in Chicago.  And since I got there a little early, andRead more about August 21, 2016[…]

August 14, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME –  CYCLE “C” – 8/14/16  – SMG + Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! I have a good buddy of mine who is a small business consultant.  I like to tease him, because the guy is six foot, four!  He’s not aRead more about August 14, 2016[…]

August 7, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “C” –  8/7/16  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!    Peace and goodness to you this day! Nobody likes to get caught off guard.  We like to be ready and be prepared, for any situation!  Nobody likes it when the teacher gives a pop quiz,Read more about August 7, 2016[…]

July 31, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “C” – 7.31.16 – SMG +  Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! Perhaps the best example that we have to today, of what Jesus is talking about in the Parable of the Wealthy Landowner, is still found in agriculture andRead more about July 31, 2016[…]

July 24, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “C” – 7/24/16  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! I have a friend of mine, who worked for several years in the landscaping business.   After years of hard work, and building a good reputation, and much successRead more about July 24, 2016[…]

July 17, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “C” –  7.17.16  – SMG + Pax et Bonum!    Peace and goodness to you this day! I suppose that there are many injustices in the world.  We know that this life, this world, is NOT always fair.  And yet, as God’s people we areRead more about July 17, 2016[…]

July 10, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “C” – 7.10.16  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! I know we’ve all heard the Parable of the Good Samaritan hundreds of times, but what a great story, huh?  Jesus sets up the story and then asksRead more about July 10, 2016[…]

July 3, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “C” – 7/3/16  – SMG + Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! It is certainly no secret that travel has changed a great deal in the last fifteen years, most especially air travel.  But pretty much wherever we go, andRead more about July 3, 2016[…]

June 12, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE ELEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME –  CYCLE “C” –  6/12/15  – SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! When we sin, when we make a terrible mistake, against others, against God, even against ourselves.  Most of the time, we know it.  We know we’ve messed up. Read more about June 12, 2016[…]

June 5, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE TENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME –  CYCLE “C” –  6/5/16  – SMG +  Pax et Bonum!    Peace and goodness to you this day! We’ve all come upon this same scene before.  Maybe you’re driving down the road and you pull over for a funeral procession to pass by.  Or maybe you’reRead more about June 5, 2016[…]

May 29, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI  –  CYCLE “C”  –  MAY 29TH, 2016  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! We know that for the people of the Old Testament, sacrificing to God was a part of life.  It was a fairly common occurrence.  Animal meat wasRead more about May 29, 2016[…]

May 22, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE HOLY TRINITY –  CYCLE “C” –  MAY 22ND, 2016  – SMG + Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! Next Sunday is the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.  It is a monumental event in the history of our State that turns 200 years oldRead more about May 22, 2016[…]

May 15, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF PENTECOST – CYCLE “C” –  MAY 15TH, 2016  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! In the 2013 movie, Gravity, Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant engineer on her first shuttle mission.  When disaster strikes, the space shuttle is destroyed, andRead more about May 15, 2016[…]

May 8, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD –  CYCLE “C” –  5/8/16 –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! This weekend, graduations are happening at several major universities in the state of Indiana: IU, Purdue, Ball State, Marian, Butler, and Anderson universities are all sixRead more about May 8, 2016[…]

May 1, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER –  CYCLE “C” –  MAY 1ST, 2016  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! There are some things that I really like doing alone.  I like driving alone.  I like taking a shower alone.  I like going to the dentist alone. Read more about May 1, 2016[…]

April 24, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER  – CYCLE “C”  –  4.24.16   –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!   Peace and Goodness to you this day! Growing up Catholic in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, as I know that many of here did, one of the messages we heard loud and clear from theRead more about April 24, 2016[…]

April 17, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – CYCLE “C” –  APRIL 17TH, 2016  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! I have this cousin, named Brian, who is really into baseball.  He played the game as a boy.  He always talking about it, reading about, or watchingRead more about April 17, 2016[…]

April 10, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER  -CYCLE “C” –  APRIL 10TH, 2016  – SMG + Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! We know of course, that Divine Mercy Sunday was last Sunday.  But it is on this Third Sunday of our Easter season that we get one of theRead more about April 10, 2016[…]

April 3, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY)  CYCLE “C” – 4/3/16 –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! We’ve all had the experience before of missing out on something that we would have liked to experience.  Many times, they are little things, like missing outRead more about April 3, 2016[…]

Easter Sunday

A HOMILY FOR EASTER SUNDAY  –  CYCLE “C” – MARCH 27TH, 2016  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you on this Great Feast! We love new things!  Give us the latest and the greatest and we’ll be happy!  At least, until the next latest and greatest comes along.  We like allRead more about Easter Sunday[…]

Good Friday

A HOMILY FOR GOOD FRIDAY –  MARCH 25TH, 2016  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you on this Good Friday! On Palm Sunday, every year, we as Church read the Passion of Jesus together.  Just like we did last Sunday.  On Palm Sunday, we read in an every-three-year, rotating basis theRead more about Good Friday[…]

Feb 28, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT  –  CYCLE “C”  –  2/28/16  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! When we think about it, almost all of us have had some experience of the Divine.  There are those very specific moments where each and every one of usRead more about Feb 28, 2016[…]

Feb 14, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT  –  CYCLE “C”  –  2/14/16  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! As believers, we know from the very First Commandment, that there is One God, and that we are NOT to have false gods before Him.   We know that weRead more about Feb 14, 2016[…]

Feb 7, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “C” – 2/7/16  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!    Peace and Goodness to you this day! It is so hard to trust other people today.  We live in this crazy time of broken promises, and failed marriages, and estranged family relationships, and friendships thatRead more about Feb 7, 2016[…]

Jan 31, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME –CYCLE “C” –  1/31/16  – SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! Some times, we don’t want to listen.  Some times, we very selectively tune-out all of those challenges to the way that we want to live our comfortable lives.  WeRead more about Jan 31, 2016[…]

Jan 24, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “C” –  1/24/16 –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! I had to laugh last week, when one of the couples that apparently had won that huge Power Ball Lottery, were describing their reaction to their number beingRead more about Jan 24, 2016[…]

Jan 17, 2016

A HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME –  CYCLE “C” – 1/17/16 –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! When I was growing up, some of my favorite family events, were the big Italian weddings!  There was perhaps no better time to be an Italian-American, than atRead more about Jan 17, 2016[…]

Baptism of the Lord

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD – CYCLE “C” – 1/10/16 – SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! I was born in September of 1960.  Yes, I am fully aware that that is ancient history for many of you, and way before most ofRead more about Baptism of the Lord[…]

Epiphany

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF EPIPHANY –  CYCLE “C” –  1/3/16  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! We all know what it is like, to want to be wise, to want to be smart, when it comes to many parts of our lives in this world.  WeRead more about Epiphany[…]

Mary, Mother of God

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD –  CYCLE “C” –  1/1/16  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! We get used to hearing the word “no” many times in our lifetimes.  We first learn “no” from our parents.  “No, don’t touch that!”  “No, don’t putRead more about Mary, Mother of God[…]

Holy Family

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY – CYCLE “C” –  12/27/15  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! A couple of years ago, I made a pilgrimage to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in beautiful Cleveland, Ohio, with some friends of mine.  On theRead more about Holy Family[…]

Feast of Christmas

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF CHRISTMAS  –  CYCLE “C” –  12/25/15  – SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! A few weeks ago,  I was very blessed with the opportunity to have dinner with friends of mine that I hadn’t been able to get together with for quite a while. Read more about Feast of Christmas[…]

December 13, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT  (CVCLE “C”) –  12/13/15  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to each of you this day! Why is it, that so many times, when someone is challenging us on something, we always think that they are talking about everybody else?  We can always thinkRead more about December 13, 2015[…]

Homily: December 6, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT- CYCLE “C” – 12/6/15  – SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! The other night, I was writing some letters in my room at the rectory, and I had the TV on, not paying any attention to it.  It was on kindaRead more about Homily: December 6, 2015[…]

November 15, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME–CYCLE”B” –11/15/15-SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! There are times, that we can be, the most prepared people in the entre world, when it comes to things that are important to us.  We do look ahead.  When it comes to ourRead more about November 15, 2015[…]

November 8, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-CYCLE”B”-11/8/15-SMG + Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! It’s that time of year when we are reminded to be generous.   We’ve had the coat drives.  We’re in the middle of the food drive.  We’re about to begin the Christmas gift drive.  It’s theRead more about November 8, 2015[…]

Feast of All Saints

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF ALL SAINTS  – CYCLE “B” –  11/1/15  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! I suppose that most titles, we can imagine in front of our name.  After all, this is America, the land of opportunity.  From early on, we are taught thatRead more about Feast of All Saints[…]

October 25, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME- CYCLE “B” – 10/25/15 – SMG + Pax et Bonum! Peace and goodness to you this day! Bartimaeus has a problem. He is very much aware of his problem. He can’t deny it. Bartimaeus is blind. He can’t see. Because of his condition, he can’t work.Read more about October 25, 2015[…]

October 18, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE”B” – 10/18/15 + Pax et Bonum.   Peace and goodness to you this day! You know, most of the time, when it comes to our deepest desires and most important goals in life, we learn to be discreet. We’re careful how we go after them,Read more about October 18, 2015[…]

October 11, 2015

HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-CYCLE”B”- 10/11/15 SMG + Pax et Bonum! Peace and goodness to you this day! We all know that asking for directions, and getting directions, have changed a great deal in the last twenty years. GPS, and Garmins, and TomToms, and Google Maps, and satellites, all of these workRead more about October 11, 2015[…]

October 4, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “B” – 10/4/15 + Pax et Bonum! Peace and goodness to you this day! A few years ago, I had a very important conversation with one of the younger members of our Parish family. His parents had asked me to talk to the ThirdRead more about October 4, 2015[…]

September 27, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME- CYCLE“B”-9/27/15 – SMG + Pax et Bonum! Peace and goodness to you! There are so many times in life when it is important to know who’s on what side. When we’re kids and we’re playing basketball, we used to distinguish the teams by playing shirts vs.Read more about September 27, 2015[…]

September 20, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME- CYCLE ”B”- 9/20/15– SMG + Pax et Bonum! Peace and goodness to you this day! What exactly does it mean to be the Greatest? I think that this is a conversation that we need to have real soon as a culture and as a society. AndRead more about September 20, 2015[…]

September 13, 2015

HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-CYCLE “B”- 9/13/15-SMG + Pax et Bonum! Peace and goodness to you this day! This summer has been an especially bad one for individuals getting in trouble, and making much bigger trouble for the organizations that they belong to.   There’s no doubt, that certainly by this time, thatRead more about September 13, 2015[…]

August 30, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-CYCLE”B”–8/30/15-SMG + Pax et Bonum! Peace and goodness to you this day! It is the end of August and the height of cantaloupe growing season in Indiana. Did you know that Indiana is the third leading cantaloupe producing state in the country? We’re behind California and Arizona.Read more about August 30, 2015[…]

August 23, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME- CYCLE”B”- 8/23/15 – SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! In 304 AD, the Deacon Vincent of Saragossa, was martyred in Spain, in the final year of the persecutions of the Roman Emperor, Diocletian.  The Deacon had been arrested with hisRead more about August 23, 2015[…]

August 16, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE”B”- 8/16/15 –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! So many times we have special days, special occasions, and special events to remind us of what’s most important, what’s of greatest value.   For example, we have wedding anniversaries toRead more about August 16, 2015[…]

August 9, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-CYCLE”B”- 8/9/15 – SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! A good friend of mine, who is a priest, just got back from doing some missionary work in Tanzania.  These are not easy days for missionaries, most especially in Africa.  There’s EbolaRead more about August 9, 2015[…]

August 2, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-CYCLE”B”- 8/2/15- SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! On March 27th 1992, the rock band U2 was continuing their ZOO TV tour in Detroit, Michigan.  In the middle of the concert, and on the huge multi-media stage, the lead singer ofRead more about August 2, 2015[…]

July 26, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME–CYCLE“B” – 7/26/15– SMG + Pax et Bonum! Peace and goodness to you this day! One of the things that you really have to hand it to God for, is our God knows how to do things in big ways. He really knows how to make aRead more about July 26, 2015[…]

June 14, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE ELEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE”B”- 6/14/15 – SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! My Grandfather was a huge gardener.  He loved growing things.  He would absolutely love the back to home- grown, and locally-grown movement that is happening today.  He showed that loveRead more about June 14, 2015[…]

Body and Blood of Christ

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST–CYCLE “B” – 6/7/15 –SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! Today, we have so many different ways of remembering people.  And remembering people is important for us to do.  People come in and out of our lives inRead more about Body and Blood of Christ[…]

Holy Trinity

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE HOLY TRINITY  – CYCLE “B” –  5/31/15  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day! Everybody likes to belong.  Everybody likes to be connected.  It is wild.  Even the most anti-social among us today, still like to belong, and to be associated with,Read more about Holy Trinity[…]

Pentecost

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF PENTECOST  – CYCLE “B”  –  5/24/15  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to all of you this day! You know, we celebrate anniversaries, to remind us of us of our past, and to help us remember who we are.  This year, in 2015, we are celebratingRead more about Pentecost[…]

May 10, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – CYCLE “B” –  5/10/15  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! It all sounds so beautiful when Jesus says it!  “Remain in My love.”  “Keep My Commandments.”  “Love one another!”  “You are my friends.”  “I want My joy to beRead more about May 10, 2015[…]

May 3, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER –  CYCLE “B” –  MAY 3RD, 2015  – SMG Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! When I was growing up, one of the things that I heard over and over again from both of my parents, was that the most important thing thatRead more about May 3, 2015[…]

Apr 26, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER –  CYCLE “B” –  4/26/15  – SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! Today, we certainly have been conditioned to know that there are things in this life that can help us, and that there are things in this life that canRead more about Apr 26, 2015[…]

Apr 19, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER – CYCLE “B” –  4/19/15  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! We’ve all seen enough legal dramas to know at least something about courts and trials.  Whether it is “To Kill A Mockingbird” or “A Few Good Men”, or “PerryRead more about Apr 19, 2015[…]

Divine Mercy Sunday

A HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER –  DIVINE MERCY –  4/12/15  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! A couple of weeks ago I was hanging out in the church narthex after Mass, visiting with people, and out of the corner of my eye, I caught oneRead more about Divine Mercy Sunday[…]

Easter Sunday

A HOMILY FOR EASTER SUNDAY –  CYCLE “B”  –  APRIL 5TH, 2015  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! Many times, we can tell when things aren’t right, by the smell.  Most especially, when something has died, a plant, and animal, or a person, we know that things don’tRead more about Easter Sunday[…]

Good Friday

A BRIEF HOMILY FOR GOOD FRIDAY  –  CYCLES “A”, “B”, & “C”,   4/3/15  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! Every year, on Good Friday, we read St. John’s version of the Passion.  On Palm Sunday, we get the rotating cycle of the Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Read more about Good Friday[…]

Palm Sunday

A SHORTER HOMILY FOR THE PALM SUNDAY –  CYCLE “B” –  MARCH 29TH, 2015  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! The Passion is not the easiest story to read.  There’s the physical suffering of the scourging, the crowning with thorns, and of course the nails.  But then there’sRead more about Palm Sunday[…]

Mar 22, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT  – CYCLE “B” –  MARCH 22ND, 2015  – SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! Like a lot of you, I come from a long line of people who liked to grow things.  My grandmother liked to grow herbs: basil and rosemary,Read more about Mar 22, 2015[…]

Mar 8, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT – CYCLE “B” –  3/8/15  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum.   Peace and goodness to you this day! There are some people that it doesn’t surprise us anymore, when they go on some crazy, rampage.  It doesn’t surprise us because we hear about them tearing things up,Read more about Mar 8, 2015[…]

Mar 1, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT –  CYCLE “B” –  3/1/15  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! Hopefully, when we were all deciding last week what to give up for Lent, we thought and prayed about what we needed to give up this year.  Maybe weRead more about Mar 1, 2015[…]

Feb 15, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “B” – 2/15/15  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! We’ve got to be very clear today about what leprosy is and how deadly the disease was and is.  Thank God, most of us today do not knowRead more about Feb 15, 2015[…]

Feb 8, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “B” – 2/8/15 – SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! Medicine and taking care of your health, has never been cheap.  It can be very expensive to get well and to stay well.  Even today, with the AffordableRead more about Feb 8, 2015[…]

Feb 1, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “B” – 2/1/15 – SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! Today St. Mark has Jesus in Capernaum.  It is the Sabbath, and so like all good Jews, Jesus goes to the synagogue to pray.  And it is whileRead more about Feb 1, 2015[…]

Jan 25, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME –CYCLE “B” –  1/25/15  – SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! Today we hear the story of how Jesus began gathering together one of the most important groups of men in the history of mankind, the Apostles.  And where doesRead more about Jan 25, 2015[…]

Jan 18, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “B” – 1/18/15  – SMG Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! Sometimes, when you hear a story, you just want to know what happened next.  Sometimes the story ends, and there are too many loose ends.  You’re left curious.  IRead more about Jan 18, 2015[…]

Baptism of our Lord

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD – CYCLE “B” –  1/11/15  SMG +Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! We are very blessed to have many important days in our lives.  There are just certain days that stand out, and mark important milestones, and mark the beginningsRead more about Baptism of our Lord[…]

Jan 4, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD –  CYCLE “B” –  1/4/15  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!   Peace and Goodness to you on this feast of Epiphany! The Gospel actually tells us very, very little about these magi.  We know that they were from the East.  We know that theyRead more about Jan 4, 2015[…]

Jan 1, 2015

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD –  CYCLE “B” –  1/1/15  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you as we begin this New Year! You know, our world holds up many people to be examples for us.  These people that world admires so much, have achieved fame,Read more about Jan 1, 2015[…]

Homily: Christmas 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE GREAT FEAST OF CHRISTMAS – CYCLE “B” – 12/25/14  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this Christmas! One of the many Advent commercials on TV that we have been treated to, many times over the last few weeks, was for Wal-Mart.  Have you seen those Wal-MartRead more about Homily: Christmas 2014[…]

Homily: Dec 14, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – CYCLE “B” –  12/14/14  – SMG Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! The awesome Mr. C.S. Lewis wrote in his book, Mere Christianity, that “As long as you are proud, you cannot know God.  A proud man is always looking down onRead more about Homily: Dec 14, 2014[…]

Homily: Dec 7, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT –CYCLE “B” –  12/7/14  – SMG + Pax et Bonum!  + Peace and Goodness to you this day! This time of year, there are all kinds of tickets that we would all like to have and events and activities that we would all like to go to: Read more about Homily: Dec 7, 2014[…]

Homily: Nov 30, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT – CYCLE “B” –  11/30/14  –  SMG Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you! Every year, on the First Sunday of Advent, I make a promise to myself that I am really going to spend Advent listening to God.  I know that’s what Advent is supposedRead more about Homily: Nov 30, 2014[…]

Homily: Nov 23, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE –  2014 + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! I think we all have certain images that come to mind whenever we think of a king, or a queen, or even royalty in general.  Maybe we thinkRead more about Homily: Nov 23, 2014[…]

Homily: Nov 16, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-CYCLE “A” –11/16/14- SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! A couple of months ago, I was watching some of our pre-school students play a rousing game of musical chairs.  And one of the funniest parts of it, was that several ofRead more about Homily: Nov 16, 2014[…]

Homily: Feast of All Souls

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF ALL SOULS –  NOV. 2ND, 2014  –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this evening! One of our least favorite topics to talk about, as Twenty-First Century Americans, has got to be Death and Dying.  People die all around us every year, but of allRead more about Homily: Feast of All Souls[…]

Homily: Oct 26, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “A” – 10/26/14 -SMG Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! Have you noticed how much people are using the word ‘love’ today?  We throw that word around a lot.  Especially in our post-9/11 world, many couples and families vowed afterRead more about Homily: Oct 26, 2014[…]

Homily: Oct 12, 2014

AN ABBREVIATED HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “A” – 10/12/14 –  TO ACCOMMODATE AND INTRODUCE THE NEW FRUITFUL HARVEST CAMPAIGN  – SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! Today, we are all invited to God’s incredible wedding Feast.  The Mass, every Mass, is a previewRead more about Homily: Oct 12, 2014[…]

Homily: Oct 5, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-CYCLE”A” -10/5/14 + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! We know from our own nation’s history, that when it comes to labor relations, there have been many valiant struggles for justice and what is right for laborers.  We think of Dorothy Day andRead more about Homily: Oct 5, 2014[…]

Homily: Sept 28, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME- CYCLE “A” 9/28/14 –SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! One of my favorite cousins is my cousin, James.  James recently graduated from college and is out there starting life on his own.  And like a lot of other young peopleRead more about Homily: Sept 28, 2014[…]

Homily: Sept 21, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-CYCLE”A” -9/21/14 – SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! I suppose that every job comes with some benefits.  If nothing else, having a job and getting a paycheck to support yourself and your family, is some benefit.  But some jobs comeRead more about Homily: Sept 21, 2014[…]

Homily: Sept 7, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME- CYCLE”A”-9/7/14 – SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! One thing that is really a lot of fun to watch, is a basketball game when the team is really playing well together.  It doesn’t matter whether it is Pro, or college,Read more about Homily: Sept 7, 2014[…]

Homily: Aug 31, 2014

HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARYTIME–8/31/14–CYCLE“A” SMG Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! We like Happy.  We like happy things.  We like happy songs…What’s that song from Despicable Me 2?  I think it’s called “Happy” by Pharell Williams.  We like happy books, happy movies, and happy endings.  There’s a reasonRead more about Homily: Aug 31, 2014[…]

Homily: Aug 24, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME- CYCLE “A” – 8/24/14-SMG Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! It is amazing how many times in life, that asking the right questions, is so much more important than having the right answers.  Our questions clarify things for us.  They get usRead more about Homily: Aug 24, 2014[…]

Homily: Aug 10, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME- CYCLE ”A” – 8/10/14  – SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! Sometimes one step is much, much bigger than just a step.  Sometimes one step is the start of something big.  Sometimes, one small step can be a leap forward. Read more about Homily: Aug 10, 2014[…]

Homily: Jul 20, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “A” – 7/20/14 – SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! Jesus is talking to us in our Gospel today about weeds.  And so I thought we’d spend a little bit of time today talking about pulling weeds.  GrowingRead more about Homily: Jul 20, 2014[…]

Homily: Jul 13, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME- CYCLE “A” – 7/13/14 –  SMG Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! I love these readings!  In particular, our Gospel text, the Parable of the Sowing of the Seeds, always seems to come at the perfect time in the middle of ourRead more about Homily: Jul 13, 2014[…]

Homily: Jul 6, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF ST. MARIA GORETTI  –  7/6/14 –  SMG + Pax et Bonum on this happy day! Today, we as a Parish family get the special opportunity to celebrate our Patroness’ Feast Day all together on a Sunday.  Today we get to remember and celebrate this extraordinary young girl who choseRead more about Homily: Jul 6, 2014[…]

Homily: Jun 29, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF STS. PETER AND PAUL –  6/29/30 –  SMG Pax et Bonum! We know that when it comes to comic book super heroes, that the Dynamic Duo is Batman and Robin.  But we also know, that when it comes to many areas of life, great duos have left a lastingRead more about Homily: Jun 29, 2014[…]

Homily: Pentecost

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF PENTECOST –  CYCLE “A” –  6/8/14 –  SMG Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you on this Feast Day! There are many things in life that they tell us not to do by ourselves.  Many times, doing something with another person is perfectly fine, but doing it byRead more about Homily: Pentecost[…]

Homily: Ascension

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE ASCENSION –  CYCLE “A” –  6/1/14  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and goodness to you this day! The Acts of the Apostles, starts out with the Ascension of our Lord.  As we heard in our First Reading today, Acts Chapter One, Jesus said to His followers,Read more about Homily: Ascension[…]

Homily: May 25, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – CYCLE “A” –  5/25/14  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! The December 2000 movie, Castaway, starring Tom Hanks, was a critical and commercial hit, even earning Hanks an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.  If you’ve never seen theRead more about Homily: May 25, 2014[…]

Homily: May 18, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER –  CYCLE “A” –  5/18/14  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! When you’re traveling, or on the road, one of the nicest gestures of hospitality is to be welcome to wherever you are going, or your destination.  It is alwaysRead more about Homily: May 18, 2014[…]

Homily: May 11, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (GOOD SHEPHERD) –  5/11/14 –  SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! Today, Jesus talks to us about Him being the Good Shepherd.  This is Good Shepherd Sunday, and it is an important part of our Easter season.  Today we are remindedRead more about Homily: May 11, 2014[…]

Homily: April 27, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER – CYCLE “A” – 4/27/14 – SMG Pax et Bonum! We’ve probably all had experiences where someone told us to reach right in there and grab something, maybe even against our better instincts, and we did, and what happens doesn’t work out the way that it wasRead more about Homily: April 27, 2014[…]

Homily: Easter Sunday

A HOMILY FOR EASTER SUNDAY – CYCLE “A” – APRIL 20TH, 2014 –   SMG + Pax et Bonum! Peace and Goodness to you on this Easter morning! Wow! Everything is so beautiful today. The weather is great. Finally, Winter might really be over – maybe.   Everybody looks great. There are a lot of new clothesRead more about Homily: Easter Sunday[…]

Homily: Good Friday

A HOMILY FOR GOOD FRIDAY 2014 – ST. JOHN’S PASSION – 4/18/14 – SMG Pax et Bonum! Peace and Goodness to you on this Good Friday. As parents, and even as concerned adults, we want to protect our children from seeing bad things. We go out of our way and sometimes even to great extremesRead more about Homily: Good Friday[…]

Homily: Palm Sunday

A BRIEF HOMILY FOR PALM SUNDAY –  4/13/14  –  SMG Pax et Bonum! On March 2nd, 2012, an EF-4 Tornado struck across southern Indiana, killing 30 people.  As the tornado barreled down on Marysville, IN, Stephanie Decker received a text from her husband, Joe, that radar was showing a tornado headed straight for their newRead more about Homily: Palm Sunday[…]

Homily: March 30, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT – CYCLE “A” – 3/30/14  – SMG +  Pax et Bonum! A couple of years ago, the Norinco Weapons Company of China advertized a new weapon that they were putting on the global market, for use by militaries around the world.  The weapon is called the ZM-87Read more about Homily: March 30, 2014[…]

Homily: March 23, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT – CYCLE “A” –  3/23/14  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum I was in a conversation just a few days ago, and we were talking about St. Pio of Pietrelcina, or the Saint more commonly known as, Padre Pio.  Born on May 25th, 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy,Read more about Homily: March 23, 2014[…]

Homily: March 16, 2014

 A HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT – CYCLE “A” – 3/16/14  – SMG +  Pax et Bonum! When I was growing up, one of my family’s favorite places to go visit was always Chicago.  I still love Chicago.  It’s fun city, there’s always lots of fun things to do.  And there’s so muchRead more about Homily: March 16, 2014[…]

Homily: March 2, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE EIGHTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME –CYCLE “A” – 3/2/14  – SMG + Pax et Bonum! I ran into a gentleman a couple of days ago, who asked if he could speak with me for just a second.  And of course, it is never just a second.  But the man went intoRead more about Homily: March 2, 2014[…]

Homily: Feb 23, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME –CYCLE “A” –  2/23/14  –  SMG Pax et Bonum! Late one night, this truck driver pulled into a small truck stop to get a little something to eat.  As he was eating, three nasty-looking motorcyclists came into the same place looking for trouble.  They noisily struttedRead more about Homily: Feb 23, 2014[…]

Homily: Feb 16, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “A” 2/16/14  – SMG +  Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! We have lots of rules.  We have rules for just about every aspect of our lives.  Sometimes the rules make sense.  And sometimes, maybe even many times, the rulesRead more about Homily: Feb 16, 2014[…]

Homily: Feb 9, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “A” – 2/9/14 – SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! What a Winter!  We haven’t had a winter like this for several years.  And it is still quite possible that this Winter will set records for snowfall andRead more about Homily: Feb 9, 2014[…]

Homily: Jan 26, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “A” – 1/26/14  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! In our Gospel today, we are told that Jesus moves from Nazareth, to Capernaum in Galilee.  We aren’t told a whole lot more about the move.  We don’tRead more about Homily: Jan 26, 2014[…]

Homily: Jan 19, 2014

A HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – CYCLE “A” – 1/19/14 – SMG + Pax et Bonum! Most likely, very few of us have had the opportunity or the necessity of testifying at a trial.  We know about it.  We’ve all seen it in the movies and on TV.  But to actuallyRead more about Homily: Jan 19, 2014[…]

Homily: Feast of Epiphany

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF EPIPHANY –  CYCLE “A” –  1/5/14  – SMG + Pax et Bonum! Perhaps some of you saw the story back in November of 5 year-old Miles Scott.  You see, Miles has suffered from leukemia for the past four years, and through the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, for oneRead more about Homily: Feast of Epiphany[…]

Homily: Dec 29, 2013

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY – CYCLE “A” – 12/29/13  – SMG Pax et Bonum! I suppose, that especially at this time of year, there are many different reasons for a family road trip.  Schools are closed.  Many people have time off work or are taking vacation days before the NewRead more about Homily: Dec 29, 2013[…]

Homily: Dec 22, 2013

A HOMILY FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT – CYCLE “A” – 12/22/13  – SMG Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! This past week I was talking with one of the students from our school here at St. Maria Goretti, and we were discussing St. Joseph, who happens to be theRead more about Homily: Dec 22, 2013[…]

Homily: Dec 25, 2013

A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF CHRISTMAS 2013  –  CYCLE “A” MIDNIGHT  –   SMG + Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you on this Christmas! Some of the things that have obviously been on our minds these last several weeks, are presents.  We have been shopping maniacs!  It is the Season of Giving, asRead more about Homily: Dec 25, 2013[…]

Homily: Dec 15, 2013

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – CYCLE “A” –  12/15/13 – Pax et Bonum!  Peace and Goodness to you this day! A few years ago, my Godfather, who is also one of my favorite uncles, was working on the outside of their house in northern Indiana, and he was up on aRead more about Homily: Dec 15, 2013[…]

Homily: Dec 8, 2013

A HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT – CYCLE “A” – 12/8/13  –  SMG Pax et Bonum! A good friend of mine was teaching PRE at his parish in Michigan.  And last Advent, he asked his class, “If I sold my house, and my car, and everything that I own, and gave all theRead more about Homily: Dec 8, 2013[…]

Homily: Dec 1, 2013

A HOMILY FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT – CYCLE “A” –  12/1/13  –  SMG + Pax et Bonum! In just one month from today, just 31 days, we will be beginning a new year.  New Year’s this year falls on a Wednesday.  We might sleep in on New Year’s Day.  We will go toRead more about Homily: Dec 1, 2013[…]

Homily: Nov 3, 2013

A HOMILY FOR THE THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-CYCLE”C”- 11/3/13 – SMG              Pax et Bonum!             2013 has been quite a year for the bad guys.  This year we learned that Captain Francesco Schettino, the Italian Sea Captain who in January of 2012 wrecked the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy, was actuallyRead more about Homily: Nov 3, 2013[…]

Homily: Oct 27, 2013

  A HOMILY FOR THE THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME  – CYCLE”C”-10/27/13  – SMG       + Pax et Bonum!           When I was a kid, I used to love the reruns on TV of “Our Gang” or “The Little Rascals”.  For the age-deprived among us, let me tell you a little bit about these shows.  TheseRead more about Homily: Oct 27, 2013[…]

Homily: Oct 13, 2013

HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-CYCLE”C”-10/13/13-SMG             + Pax et Bonum!             There is an extremely shocking line in this Gospel today.  It’s not that Jesus is healing ten different lepers.  And it’s not that Jesus uses very simple, ordinary means to make the healing happen.  And it is not even that onlyRead more about Homily: Oct 13, 2013[…]

Homily: Oct 6, 2013

HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-CYCLE”C”-10/6/13-SMG             Pax et Bonum!!!             This has been a week where we have had such lousy news.  The Federal Government shuts-down because of the deep political differences in our country.  That woman was shot to death in Washington with a small child in the backseat of herRead more about Homily: Oct 6, 2013[…]

Homily: Sept 29, 2013

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-CYCLE”C”-9/29/13- SMG                      + Pax et Bonum!                       I suppose that it can happen to all of us.  We all get busy.  We’re always on our way to some place.  We’re always thinking about a million different things.  We are all in our own worlds.  We allRead more about Homily: Sept 29, 2013[…]

Homily: Oct 20, 2013

A HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-CYCLE”C”-10/20/13- SMG             Pax et Bonum!            On June 1st, 1967, the Beatles released their eighth studio album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  The album was both critically-acclaimed and a commercial hit.  It changed music.  Selling more than any other Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper’s appears onRead more about Homily: Oct 20, 2013[…]

Homily: Sep 22, 2013

+ Pax et Bonum!               Perhaps how we behave, when we get in trouble, says more about us as God’s sons and daughters, then anything else.  It is easier to be good, to be holy, when everything is going well.  It is not always so easy to be good or to be holy when thingsRead more about Homily: Sep 22, 2013[…]

Homily: Sep 15, 2013

          +  Pax et Bonum!             Our readings today talk to us about lost things.   We know about lost things.  We’ve all lost things before.  Sometimes, when they are things of great value or items that hold great meaning to our lives, it can be very upsetting to lose that valuable thing.  I’ve dealt manyRead more about Homily: Sep 15, 2013[…]

Homily: Sep 8, 2013

          + Pax et Bonum!            Sixteen years ago, in the summer of 1998, I bought a pair of white leather Reebok tennis shoes.  I fully realize that these shoes are older than many of you listening to me here today.  I bought them at a K-Mart store in Logansport for $29.99.  Now usually IRead more about Homily: Sep 8, 2013[…]

Homily: Aug 30, 2013

 +  Pax et Bonum!               Most of us are unaware that one of the greatest violin virtuosos in our world today is from Indiana.  Joshua Bell, who was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, has become a world-class musician and an acclaimed interpreter of Mozart, and Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.  The 45-year-old Bell was a childRead more about Homily: Aug 30, 2013[…]

Homily: Aug 25, 2013

Pax et Bonum! Nobody likes being locked out of some place where they want to go.  In fact, is there any worse feeling in the whole wide world, than getting some where, walking up to the door, pulling on the door and finding it locked, and then realizing that nobody is coming to let youRead more about Homily: Aug 25, 2013[…]

Homily: Aug 11, 2013

Pax et Bonum! Jesus tells us today, “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”  Don’t we all find this to be true in all of our lives?  We put our money in what we believe in, what we like or enjoy.  We invest in and get invested in what we love,Read more about Homily: Aug 11, 2013[…]

Homily: Aug 4, 2013

Pax et Bonum! We have all known the experience before of going away on a long journey or trip, and having to decide what to take with you, and what to leave behind.  Everybody wants where they are going, to be comfortable.  And I suppose that all of us want to feel at home whereverRead more about Homily: Aug 4, 2013[…]

Homily: July 28, 2013

+Pax et Bonum   I was talking with an old friend of mine the other day, and he was telling me that his wife was mad at him.  I asked him what he had done, because, after all, this guy is a friend of mine who I’ve known for years, and his wife is aRead more about Homily: July 28, 2013[…]

Homily: July 21, 2013

+Peace and goodness to you this day! We’ve all been there before.  Someone that we care a great deal about is coming to visit.  It could be a family member, an old friend, a classmate from long ago, or maybe even someone that we don’t know that well.  And all you really want is forRead more about Homily: July 21, 2013[…]

Homily: July 7, 2013

+Peace and Goodness to you this day! It is no secret to anyone who travels even minimally, that the Transportation Security Administration, the TSA, has radically changed the way that we travel in this country, especially in the last twelve years, or since Sept. 11th, 2001.  The TSA is doing everything that they can toRead more about Homily: July 7, 2013[…]

Homily: Jun 9, 2013

+Peace and goodness to you on this happy day! Fr. Clayton.  Fr. Clayton.  Fr. Clayton.  It is going to take awhile to get used to saying that, isn’t it?  But it sure sounds great!  You know, we know you.  We’ve watched you grow up.  We’ve seen it all.  The good the bad and the unbelievable! Read more about Homily: Jun 9, 2013[…]

Homily: May 19, 2013

+  Peace and Goodness to you on this great Feast Day! Today we celebrate Pentecost, the Birthday of the Church!  It was nearly two-thousand years ago that the Holy Spirit came down upon the Apostles, and everything changed forever.  That same Holy Spirit still is living and active in all of us, and most especiallyRead more about Homily: May 19, 2013[…]

Homily: Mar 24, 2013

+Peace and Goodness to you today! I once knew a young lady who always seemed very sad to me.  We had been on a retreat together and had become friends.  And as I got to know her better, I learned the source of her sadness.  Her parents were only marginally a part of her life.  SheRead more about Homily: Mar 24, 2013[…]

Homily: Mar 17, 2013

+Peace and goodness to you this day! One of my earliest childhood memories is of getting in serious trouble, with both of my parents, over my throwing of a rock at my little brother.  Now, I was a really little guy.  Plus, I have really lousy aim and so I am pretty sure that IRead more about Homily: Mar 17, 2013[…]

Homily: Mar 10, 2013

+Peace and goodness to you this day! Have you ever had the experience of over-hearing someone or some group of people talking about someone, and then suddenly realizing that they are talking about you?  It can happen at work, at school, even at home or in your neighborhood.  But sometimes hearing the truth, the non-filtered, wholeRead more about Homily: Mar 10, 2013[…]

Homily: Feb 24, 2013

+Peace and goodness to you on this Second Sunday of Lent! All of the Gospel accounts of the Transfiguration, of which we hear St. Luke’s version today, are very amazing, very dramatic stories of an unprecedented event in the lives of Peter, James, and John.  These three have never seen anything like this before.  AndRead more about Homily: Feb 24, 2013[…]

Homily: Feb 17, 2013

+Peace and goodness to you this day! So many times, when we think about temptations, we think about the clearly bad situations and opportunities where sometimes people fall down, where they give in to weakness, where they make disastrous decisions, and where they choose evil over God.  Even if we don’t have a lot of experiences withRead more about Homily: Feb 17, 2013[…]

Homily: Feb 10, 2013

+Peace and Goodness to you this day! Perhaps one thing that we all know about is what it is like to be tired.  From the youngest among us to the oldest, everybody needs their rest.  Several studies indicate that today most of us don’t get the rest that we need.  That by the way, isRead more about Homily: Feb 10, 2013[…]

Homily: Feb 3, 2013

+Peace and goodness to you today! There is something about us as human beings, that makes us develop routines.  We start doing something one day, one way, and it sticks with us.  The next thing that you know we’re doing the same thing every day the same way.  We call this a routine.  Some peopleRead more about Homily: Feb 3, 2013[…]

Homily: Jan 27, 2013

+ Peace and goodness to you this day! We are some of the most scheduled, most planned out, most calendared-out people in the history of the world.  We have schedules to make our schedules.  We plan.  We schedule.  We organize, all to get the most out of our time.  In many ways, we are alwaysRead more about Homily: Jan 27, 2013[…]

Homily: Jan 20, 2013

Peace and goodness to you this day! Perhaps more than any of the other Sacraments, and you can ask any priest or deacon about this, the Sacrament that can have the most things go wrong, are weddings.   Did you know that something goes wrong at just about every wedding?  When you’re involved in a wedding,Read more about Homily: Jan 20, 2013[…]