Fr. Rick's Sermons

When You Pray
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.

Are You a Sheep or a Goat?
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.

It’s What is Inside That Counts
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.

What Do You Desire?
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.

Filthy Language
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.

God’s U-Turn: Repentance
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.

Spiritual Circumcision
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.

Narrow Door to Christmas
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.

Jesus’ Birthday Invite
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.

Sabbath and Healing
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.

Wealth & Happiness
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.

Don’t Be a Fool
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.

The Inn of the Church
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.

Priest Interrupted
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.

Who is Lazaros? The Church
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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