Jesus’ Gift of Transforming the Messiness of Humanity into Beauty – My Homily for Christmas Mass during the Night (2015)

Recently TripAdvisor released the top 25 destination spots in the United States for 2015. Among the list are New York City, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Las Vegas, Seattle, among others. Sadly Gillette, WY did not make the list of vacation spots in America. 6 years ago I traveled to one of these places, Orlando, Florida to … More Jesus’ Gift of Transforming the Messiness of Humanity into Beauty – My Homily for Christmas Mass during the Night (2015)

The Ascension of the Lord, Not Jesus’ Farewell – My Homily notes for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

This is not the Solemnity of Jesus’ farewell, this is the Ascension of the Lord! Jesus ascended so that he can be always present to all of mankind in his divinity and place at the right hand of the Father, the kingly position of Jesus as King of the entire Universe.  When Jesus was on … More The Ascension of the Lord, Not Jesus’ Farewell – My Homily notes for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

The Man Born Blind as an Image of the Christian Life – My Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent

If you look at a picture of an iceberg, you will see a small part of the iceberg above the water with the rest of the iceberg beneath the surface of the water, unseen. Today’s Gospel that I just proclaimed can be seen just like that iceberg. We see the surface of the story, Jesus … More The Man Born Blind as an Image of the Christian Life – My Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent

Our Christian Identity and Mission – My Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time Year C

Anyone who knows me knows that I love the Advent and the Christmas seasons as my favorite part of the liturgical year. As such, it pleases me to tell you that even though the Christmas season officially ended last weekend and Ordinary Time officially began, Christmas isn’t quite over just yet! Christmas themes are still … More Our Christian Identity and Mission – My Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time Year C

Christ is King of the Universe, Is He the King of Yours? – My Homily for the 34th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

If you’ve been to Starbucks recently you will have noticed that they have brought out their typical holiday themed cups, since Christmas is just around the corner, except something is different this year. This year Starbucks opted for a simple red design with no symbols on the cup whatsoever. This move has caused a bit … More Christ is King of the Universe, Is He the King of Yours? – My Homily for the 34th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

Radical Generosity to and from God as the Key Attitude in Every Vocation – My Homily for the 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

I often get asked how I heard God’s call in my life to be a priest.The answer to that question is not simple nor is it short, and I won’t spend hours telling you my story today, as I’m sure many of you will be thankful for. So, today, I’m going to share a few … More Radical Generosity to and from God as the Key Attitude in Every Vocation – My Homily for the 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

Every Life is Worth Living – My Homily for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

Three summers ago I spent the summer in Omaha, NE at Creighton University attending a program called the Institute for Priestly formation. It was a summer devoted to growing in my spiritual life and deepening my relationship with the Lord. I took some spirituality classes and was also involved in pastoral work. I spent two … More Every Life is Worth Living – My Homily for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

The Family as the First School in Faith – My Homily for the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

When I was growing up on the ranch in Wyoming, my family would take summer vacations out to Wisconsin. My dad’s family grew up there on a dairy farm and every summer we have a huge family reunion because my Dad has 8 brothers and sisters, all of whom get along great. That meant that, … More The Family as the First School in Faith – My Homily for the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

Prayer as a way to be like the Faithful and Prudent Servant – My Homily for the Thursday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time

Today we have a very sobering and serious passage from the Gospel of Matthew. In Matthew’s Gospel, this is the fifth of five major discourses, or speeches, that Jesus gives to his followers. In this specific speech that we only heard a part of leading into Jesus’ Passion and death, Jesus is teaching his disciples … More Prayer as a way to be like the Faithful and Prudent Servant – My Homily for the Thursday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time

Intimacy with Jesus through the Eucharist – My Homily for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

The Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Photo Credit: Daniel Ciucci Today we continue with our hearing of the sixth chapter of St. John’s Gospel, the “Bread of Life Discourse” as it’s called that we began two weeks ago and will continue for another couple of Sundays. Recall where we’ve been. Two weeks ago we … More Intimacy with Jesus through the Eucharist – My Homily for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

The Multiplication of the Loaves as a Microcosm of the Mass – My Homily for the 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

Today we did not hear from the Gospel of Mark like we have been doing for most of this liturgical year. Today we heard from the Gospel of John. We began in the 6th chapter of St. John’s Gospel and will continue to follow this single chapter for the next four Sundays. This single chapter … More The Multiplication of the Loaves as a Microcosm of the Mass – My Homily for the 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

Chosen to be an Apostle – My Homily for the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

Take a moment to consider this question: Are you an Apostle of Jesus Christ? My hope is that each one of you said “yes” and if you didn’t then I hope that by the end of my homily you will. We are all apostles of Jesus Christ. Now you might pause for a second and … More Chosen to be an Apostle – My Homily for the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

Holy Order – God’s Plan for Marriage and Eternal Life – My Homily for the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

If I were to give a title for my homily today I would call it “Holy Order.”  What I mean by that is that everything that God created has an order.  Everything is arranged in such a way that it has a purpose, an end.  In the natural world we see that animals and plants … More Holy Order – God’s Plan for Marriage and Eternal Life – My Homily for the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

God’s Power in Weakness and "Laudato Si" – My Homily for Saturday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time

Today’s readings speak beautifully about God’s power amid human weakness.  St. Paul boasts in his own weakness, he says, “I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”[1]  How many of us would be willing to say that?  More often than not we are not content … More God’s Power in Weakness and "Laudato Si" – My Homily for Saturday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time

We Walk By Faith and Not By Sight – My Homily for the 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

“We walk by faith and not by sight.” This is probably one of the most quoted lines from Saint Paul about the Christian life, about our lives.  We walk by faith and not by sight.  Let’s take a moment to reflect on what that what actually means.  This phrase has a much deeper meaning than … More We Walk By Faith and Not By Sight – My Homily for the 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B

Zombies, Ghosts, and the Resurrection of Jesus – My Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter Year B

Have you noticed our culture’s obsession with zombies and ghosts in recent years? Turn on the TV and “The Walking Dead” is currently showing and there is “Ghost Hunters” on the SyFy channel. Look to books and we have such books as “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” or “The Shining” by Stephen King. Even many … More Zombies, Ghosts, and the Resurrection of Jesus – My Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter Year B

The Feast of the Merciful Love of God – My Homily for Easter Sunday

My friends, good morning! And Happy Easter! I welcome you here today to celebrate the greatest solemnity mankind will ever celebrate: the Feast of the Merciful Love of God, which we call Easter. This great solemnity we celebrate today reveals fundamentally who God is and our relationship to Him. Easter reveals to us that God … More The Feast of the Merciful Love of God – My Homily for Easter Sunday

Are We There Yet? – My Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent Year B

Yesterday I drove up to YMCA of the Rockies near Estes Park because the junior high kids from my diocese, the Diocese of Cheyenne, WY were on a retreat there and I was able to join them for part of the day including Mass and lunch.  As I was driving up there I saw a … More Are We There Yet? – My Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent Year B

How to love God more than Yourself – My Homily for the Friday after Ash Wednesday

I always struggled with Lent as a kid. Abstinence and fasting are not exactly part of the typical kid’s vocabulary and yet I had to do it because my parents, being good Catholics, made me. They told me I was doing it for Jesus, but that didn’t seem to matter to me.  Additionally Lent meant … More How to love God more than Yourself – My Homily for the Friday after Ash Wednesday