Faith with Works is… LIFE!

A homily on the 40th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, delivered at St. Peter’s Church on January 22, 2013. by Most Rev. Jeffrey M. Monforton, Bishop of Steubenville A few years ago when I was rector of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit a number of seminarians approached me and indicated that in this month of January they had hoped to host a dinner for a number of people.  The evening would begin with Mass and the celebration of the Eucharist, immediately followed by a fish fry. Two or three speakers would then speak about the dignity of life and … Continue reading

Save the Babies

Sunday, October 5, 2008 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Respect Life Sunday By Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D. Our nation was horrified—and still is horrified—that on September 11, 2001, terrorists killed more than 3,000 people. We call it the worst act of terrorism in our history and in all of modern history. Yet on that same day far worse acts of terrorism occurred. On September 11, 2001, more than 3,000 babies were murdered in this country. Not a single word of it was reported in the secular media. And that’s not all. Go back to January 23, 1973, to the … Continue reading

“My Word Shall Not Return to Me Void”

Sunday, July 13, 2008 Readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1: Is. 55:10–11 Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 65:10, 11, 12–13, 14 Reading 2: Rom. 8:18–23 Gospel: Mt. 13:1–23 or 13:1–9 Link to Readings By Father Robert Pecotte How interesting God is! He uses metaphors to describe His actions, and at the same time He transforms the metaphor into reality. What am I talking about? Look at our first reading from Isaiah: Just as from the heavens the rain and the snow come down and do not return there until till they have watered the earth, making it fertile … Continue reading

Dominion and Intimacy

Sunday, July 6, 2008 Readings for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1: Zech. 9:9–10 Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 145:1–2, 8–9, 10–11, 13–14 Reading 2: Rom. 8:9, 11–13 Gospel: Mt. 11:25–30 Link to Readings By Father Frank Pavone Today, the Word of God reveals our Savior to us again, and shows us how He is at the same time mighty and accessible. He has dominion, and yet approaches us on intimate terms. He is our King, Zechariah, says, yet comes meekly riding on an ass. He has dominion “from sea to sea,” and yet, the prophet declares, “your king shall … Continue reading

Learning from the Saints

Sunday, June 29, 2008 Readings for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul Reading 1: Acts 12:1–11 Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 34:2–3, 4–5, 6–7, 8–9 Reading 2: 2 Tim. 4:6–8, 17–18 Gospel: Mt. 16:13–19 Link to Readings By Msgr. Charles M. Mangan Take your pick. Both St. Peter and St. Paul were outstanding followers of Jesus. You may be especially attracted to St. Peter, the fisherman who became the first Pope. Or you may find yourself more allured by St. Paul, the former persecutor of Christians and prolific author who preached in many places throughout Palestine. But you can’t go wrong … Continue reading

Jesus and Our Fears

Sunday, June 22, 2008 Readings for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1: Jer. 20:10–13 Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 69:8–10, 14, 17, 33–35 Reading 2: Rom. 5:12–15 Gospel: Mt. 10:26–33 Link to Readings By Father Roger Landry There’s a paradox in today’s Gospel. On the one hand, Jesus tells us not to be afraid, because our Father in heaven loves us more than all the sparrows in the world and knows us intimately down to our last strand of hair. Fifteen times in the Gospel, in fact, Jesus tells us not to be afraid, and almost every time He returns … Continue reading

Matthew’s Conversion and Ours

Sunday, June 8, 2008 Readings for the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1: Hos. 6:3–6 Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 50:1, 8, 12–13, 14–15 Reading 2: Rom. 4:18–25 Gospel: Mt. 9:9–13 Link to Readings By Father Roger Landry There’s an amazing encounter in today’s Gospel between God and a notorious sinner. In it, Jesus reveals both His DEEPEST DESIRE as well as the PURPOSE for which He took on our human nature and came into our world. In it, too, we see what the proper HUMAN RESPONSE is to this divine action. We begin with Jesus’ desire, His motivation, His deepest … Continue reading

“Not Everyone Who Says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ Will Enter the Kingdom of Heaven”

Sunday, June 1, 2008 Readings for the 9th Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1: Deut. 11:18, 26–28, 32 Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 31:2–3, 3–4, 17, 25 Reading 2: Rom. 3:21–25, 28 Gospel: Mt. 7:21–27 Link to Readings By Father Robert Pecotte The Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time marks a transition from specific solemnities that express central doctrines of the Faith into what can be called “ordinary Ordinary Time.” We move from the central mystery of the Faith, the Holy and Undivided Trinity, to the Eucharist, the source and summit of the Faith, to the central theme of the ministry of Jesus: … Continue reading

Given That We May Have Life

Sunday, May 25, 2008 Readings for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) Reading 1: Deut. 8:2–3, 14b–16a Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 147:12–13, 14–15, 19–20 Reading 2: 1 Cor. 10:16–17 Gospel: Jn. 6:51–58 Link to Readings Click here for a Corpus Christi homily by Fr. Ray Ryland. By Father Frank Pavone The Eucharist is a sacrament of faith, life, unity, worship, and love. The Eucharist Is a Sacrament of Faith. The consecrated Host looks no different after the consecration than before. It looks, smells, feels, and tastes like bread. Only one of the five senses … Continue reading

United in the Trinity

Sunday, May 18, 2008 Readings for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (Trinity Sunday) Reading 1: Ex. 34:4b–6, 8–9 Responsorial Psalm: Dan. 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56 Reading 2: 2 Cor. 13:11–13 Gospel: Jn. 3:16–18 Link to Readings By Msgr. Charles M. Mangan When I was growing up, my family and I were members of Sacred Heart Parish, whose church is an impressive Neo-gothic structure built in 1933 on the prairies of the Great Plains with the pennies of the faithful, mostly Irish, during the “dustbowl” years of the Depression. This magnificent church rang out each Sunday with some … Continue reading