Fr. Rick's Sermons
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Fasting, fasting, fasting. Great and Holy Lent starts tomorrow on Clean-Pure Monday. Perhaps, hopefully, you’ve thought about Lent, and if you have, what did you think about? Fasting? Probably because many of us have reduced Lent to fasting. Fasting from meat, starting on Meatfare last Sunday.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
In our oppressively politically correct society some are bending over backwards to do injustices of the past. Of course, we must learn our history, understand previous prejudices and admit indiscriminate discriminations. We must undo them and seek to never repeat them.
Sunday, February 05, 2017
The Pharissee who went up to the temple to pray was meticulously religious. He fasted, he prayer, he worshipped, he tithed. And he went to hell. Why did this super religious person go to hell?
The Pharisees paid great attention to the externals, to the outward keeping of the Mosaic Law.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Just coming off the Christmas and holiday season, some parents may be a little tired of hearing “I want” from their children. “I want this…I want that…” Buying gifts for Christmas often is based on what we think people want.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Every morning, when we wake up, what are some of the first things we do? Some eat breakfast, some exercise, and some read the newspaper. Eventually, we take a shower, brush our teeth and get dressed.
Sunday, January 08, 2017
How many of us, in driving towards a destination, miss the turn off the road? Then realizing it, we want to turn around but at every intersection there is a NO U TURN sign. Sometimes, when driving to a place we have never been before, we just get lost.
Sunday, January 01, 2017
Two weeks ago, the Sunday before Christmas, the gospel reading recounted the genealogy of Christ and the numerous names of His ancestors.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Last week we spoke about being invited to the homes of family and friends for the holidays. When we go and arrive at their doorstep, we will ring the doorbell or knock. We will be greeted by the hosts and welcomed in. We talked about the great banquet of the Lord and how we often refuse His invitation.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Just like we receive numerous holiday and Christmas cards from family and friends, we likely receive several invitations to holiday parties and gatherings. My guess is we probably accept most, if not all, of those invitations to go, whether it be from friends, family, colleagues at work or neighbors.
Sunday, December 04, 2016
The holiday season is upon us. It seems to start earlier and earlier every year. The Christmas displays in stores and shops start going up after Halloween. Television and print advertisements become more frequent and voluminous.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
How many of us play the lottery, the Powerball or like to go to one of the local casinos? Ok, you don’t have to answer.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Many say we live in the “Information Age.” Primarily because of the internet we have infinitely more information available to us than previous generation. Information technology has become an industry in itself, where barely nothing existed just twenty-five years ago.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Pres. Jane and I traveled to New England for vacation this past summer. We stayed with our son’s godparents and visited a lot of our old stomping grounds from seminary days including Newport Rhode Island, Boston and Cape Cod. On the Cape we stayed at a place called Ship Knees Inn.
Sunday, November 06, 2016
In 1999 two young actresses starred in a movie about a woman who attempts suicide and then is committed to a mental hospital. Both were considered breakout roles for both Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Last week Jesus asked the Gerasene Demoniac, “What is your name?” What’s in a name? A name signifies which person one is talking about and brings to mind all of his/her characteristics. George, I know George. Georgia, she’s a good person.
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