Fr. Rick's Sermons

In Christ – Christ in Me
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it(Mark 8:35). These are the words of Jesus in today’s Gospel reading, assigned for the Sunday after the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross.

Holy Cross Seminary
Sunday, September 14, 2014

There is a saying that goes, “When you take things for granted, the things you are granted, get taken.” Another person once said, “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” Another saying goes like this, “The things we take for granted, someone else

Don't Condemn Nor Criticize
Sunday, September 07, 2014

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Model for Perfection
Sunday, August 31, 2014

Everyday we are inundated with images of perfection. Perfect athletes in each sport such as Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods are featured constantly in programs and commercials even after they have retired.

In January up here in Minnesota, it is often bitterly cold and snow covers everything. We can see our breath crystalize in the air and we put our three layers of clothing on before our ski jacket or parka.

Do Your Best
Sunday, August 03, 2014

With the recent World Cup Soccer tournament, we see yet again some of the best athletes in the world competing against one another for a championship. This opportunity occurs only once every four years and the difference between a victory and a loss can come down to one play, one move, or one simple penalty.

Be Good Soldiers of Christ
Sunday, July 27, 2014

Last Sunday (July 20th) we heard about the Prophet Elijah/Elias and the great miracle he performed in calling down fire from heaven to burn up the sacrifice that hundreds of false prophets of Baal could not. In the same manner, St.

Example of Prophet Elijah
Sunday, July 20, 2014

The four stained glass windows (two on each side) at the bottom of the north and south walls of our church temple are the major prophets of the Old Testament: Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and Isaiah.

The Orthodox Christian Family: A Dwelling of Christ and a Witness of His Gospel

This was the theme of our most recent Archdiocese Clergy Laity Congress in Philadelphia this past week and it will be the theme that will guide and inform all Archdiocese programs and

God's Will or Not?
Sunday, July 06, 2014

Have you ever noticed that earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados and floods called “acts of God,” while sunshine, spring flowers and the rainbows are called “Mother Nature”? “Acts of God” are still written into insurance policies as calamities beyond human control that are not covered.

My Church or Jesus’ Church?
Sunday, June 29, 2014

Jesus uses the word ‘church’ (ekklesia in Greek) only two times in the four Gospels. Both occur in the Gospel of Matthew and one of them is today’s passage (Matthew 16:13-19) for the Feast Day of the Apostles Peter and Paul on June 29th.

In today’s Gospel, from the Second Sunday of Matthew (4:18-23), Jesus encounters the fishermen, two sets of brothers, Peter and Andrew, James and John. Jesus tells them to leave their nets and come follow Him. Jesus is calling us to follow Him.

How to Honor Your Father
Sunday, June 15, 2014

37Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

What the Holy Spirit Does Today
Sunday, June 08, 2014

At our family night gathering last night we discussed today’s great Feast of Pentecost. We reviewed event that is recorded for us in the Book of Acts (2:1-11), which is today’s Epistle reading. In our liturgical gatherings and commemorations we often recall events that happened over 2,000 years ago.

What Did I Do to Deserve This?
Sunday, May 25, 2014

The cartoon character Ziggy is seen one day floating one day in a life raft with sharks circling in the water around him.

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