Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

January 1, 2023 Many Protestants and even some Catholics shudder and bristle whenever we call the Blessed Virgin Mary “The Mother of God.”  How could she give birth to God who created the universes and all that is created? Well, she certainly gave birth to the human nature of Jesus and gave him a body,Continue reading “Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God”

Advent II

December 4, 2022 1st Homily:  See the bigger picture and produce good fruit Today’s gospel focuses our attention on supposedly a cousin/relative of Jesus, John the Baptist. He was a “lightning rod” kind of a person who emerged in the Roman Province of Palestine in the early first century. He lived in the desert areaContinue reading “Advent II”

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Persevere in Hope

November 13, 2022 What do you think?  Will the world as we know end/cease to exist?  There was that kind of thinking at the end of the first century, just when the Jesus movement and its hope in the Resurrection to new life were beginning to take off in the Mediterranean world of ancient Europe.Continue reading “33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Persevere in Hope”

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: We will be like the angels and we are all children of God

November 6, 2022 First Homily Not all Catholics believe that we will rise from the dead.  I know that from many conversations over 55 years as a priest.  For many people, what they are here, is what is, and thereafter, there is nothing. That there is life after this life is an ancient intuition atContinue reading “32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: We will be like the angels and we are all children of God”

Solemnity of Christ the King

November 20, 2022 Just a short time ago, we witnessed all the pomp and majesty of the death of Queen Elizabeth II of England.  In the coming months, we will sit enthralled at the coronation of King Charles.  As American citizens, we have grown up in a republic of Presidents, Congress members and an AmericanContinue reading “Solemnity of Christ the King”

Short Homily #3 from Fr. Mangini’s European Pilgrimage

October 2022 Intro From Spain to Prague in 1556 and around the world, the devotion to the Infant of Prague venerating the childhood of Jesus has spread. I was introduced to the statue at Queen of All Saints School in 1949 where it stood atop a tall pedestal, gold and crowned in liturgical colors –Continue reading Short Homily #3 from Fr. Mangini’s European Pilgrimage

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Manifesting in Biblical Times – “Write the vision down clearly, for the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint”

October 2, 2022 When the apostles ask Jesus “to increase their faith” for what are they asking? “Faith” is not a product or a better result or a protective charm or a spiritual vitamin or an idea or a system of thought???  Is it something that God does to help us?  Or is it somethingContinue reading 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Manifesting in Biblical Times – “Write the vision down clearly, for the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint”

Short homily No. 1 from Oberammergau Passion Play Pilgrimage

October 4, 2022 Introduction More than St. Francis of Assisi, October 4 is always a special day for me, as I remember the 85th wedding anniversary of my parents, Raymond and Margaret in Concord, California at Queen of All Saints Church in 1936.  I would be born in 1940. A wedding day, a future life,Continue reading Short homily No. 1 from Oberammergau Passion Play Pilgrimage