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Here is a homily from a few weeks ago on the 11th Sunday in Ordinary time. My friend deacon Robert Kinghorn talks passionately about our God of many chances. Deacon Rob told me that he was not particularly inspired by Fr. Robert Barron’s (click here to listen to Fr. Barron’s homily)  take on these readings, […]

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Please click here for a printer friendly copy. I was sitting with a friend of mine at a Dismas Fellowship dinner a while back and I was watching him try on a new pair of shoes. Bobby (not his real name), is a gentle giant of a man. His feet are size 16 and 4E […]

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Click here for a Printer Friendly Copy.  “So what do we do now?” This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord. This is a special weekend to preach on this topic here at St. Patrick’s because of our large stain glass window that depicts this event in living and vibrant colour. […]

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Please click here for Kelley Mooney’s spiritual lyrical adaptation of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” Please Click here for a Printer Friendly copy of the Homily. Please click here for the original version of Jeremy’s Easter Egg. Jeremy is one of my favorite theologians.  He was a young man who had been born into a twisted and […]

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Below is a homily from my deacon friend and elder, Robert Kinghorn. I have always enjoyed Robert’s sharing about the small Christian community in Scotland called the Community of the Transfiguration. Here is a homily Robert delivered a few weeks past on the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time. It is a message worth thinking about. […]

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When is a sign more than a sign? The reason for the question is the result of my reflecting back to my time in Grade 1, over 50 years ago, and the grueling preparation our class was going through to prepare for our First Holy Communion. Memories of the nuns in their black habits and […]

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Our world can at times seem to be a place that has lost all hope. We arrived home on Friday evening with the news of another senseless tragedy at a school in a peaceful town where these types of things are not supposed to happen. What makes the impact of this event so great is […]

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Please click here to download a Printer Friendly copy. “[The] wonderful irony at the heart of the Christian proclamation: the King of the Universe is a crucified criminal, who utterly spends himself in love.” Fr. Robert Barron If I was a brave person, I would end the homily right here with this quote. We could […]

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(Click here for a Printer Friendly Copy) The gospel story of the rich young man easily makes it into my top five wisdom teachings of Jesus and offers us insights into how Jesus encourages us to live lives of radical love by practicing the Spirituality of Subtraction. The story revolves around a great question of […]

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Click Here for a Printer-friendly copy: 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B The following story comes from the book the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Dr. Stephen Covey uses this well know tale as an illustration of what he calls principles or the natural laws of life. It is a true story told […]

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A guest post from my friend Deacon  Rob Kinghorn who always finds a way to add a new perspective to the gospel story. Homily for 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Deacon Robert Kinghorn I went to an all-boys high school. And I remember the teacher walking in one day with two packages of washing powder […]

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We have left behind the liturgical seasons of Lent (Purple), Easter & Solemnities (White) and Pentecost (Red), and we find ourselves back, as the Irish like to say, to the wearing of the green of Ordinary time. What happens during these most ordinary of times? One answer to this question is that it is in […]

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Please click here for a Printer Friendly Copy A few weeks ago, I had the honour of being the sponsor for my nephew’s confirmation.  The celebrant was Fr. Liborio Amaral. Fr. Liborio is a wonderfully enthusiastic priest and you could tell he was deeply committed to seeing that these young folks had an understanding of […]

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(Please click here for Printer friendly copy.) This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak the folks at St. Patrick’s Church in Mississauga. They are a warm and welcoming community. We are hopeful that a Friends of Dismas Ministry will take root in the parish under the leadership of Deacon Silverio. Here is the […]

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(Click here for Printer Friendly Copy) It all comes back to the Upper Room. In today’s gospel from Luke, just as in last weeks from John, we are in the room where Jesus gathered his closest disciples on that Holy Thursday night. It is shortly after the death of our Lord and those who were […]

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