22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Thoughts on Humility

August 28, 2022 One of the things that I find most difficult to do as a priest is to sit at a head table or at “the” most special seat of honor. I understand “the special seat” as a sign of love and affection and that it is a sign of thanks and admiration. WhileContinue reading 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Thoughts on Humility

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Heaven is God’s Gift to Us

August 21, 2022 The first thing/idea that strikes my attention is the question that someone asked Jesus.  Maybe it was the Gospel writer or maybe the Gospel writer had heard the question asked many times: “Lord, will only a few be saved?” Hmmm, I thought to myself: I went back several Sundays – questions?  Jesus’Continue reading “18th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Heaven is God’s Gift to Us”

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time: “The real treasure of life is ourselves”

August 7, 2022 What we have just heard is a “mouthful” – a lot of wisdom and know-how, to make it through life.  It all has to do with how God has created us to function well and to get the most out of life. So, let’s begin to unpack it all.   The starting pointContinue reading 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time: “The real treasure of life is ourselves”

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Expressing our intimacy with God through prayer

July 24, 2022 Persist, Pester, Perish.  Jesus said a number of things about prayer and praying.  He talked about prayer as being simple and natural.  He was most concerned about making prayer a “show” or about tying ourselves up in endless words. All of us were taught three or four of the most handed downContinue reading “17th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Expressing our intimacy with God through prayer”

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Reflections on Hospitality

July 17, 2022 Last year, the US hospitality industry generated 206 billion dollars.  The industry provides lodging, food, and entertainment.  The word “hospitality” means to “serve a guest,” and we do this by being hospitable and gracious.  We can do it in love and with grace. Our scriptures today want us to understand the importanceContinue reading 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Reflections on Hospitality

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jesus frees us to be our best self

June 26, 2022 (First homily before Supreme Court Decision) Have you heard the expression: “You said a mouthful?”  It refers to someone who speaks an obvious and worthwhile truth – like the Scripture we have heard today.  So, let’s review each passage.  First reading: 1 Kings 19 The prophets Elijah and Elisha.  Neither wanted GodContinue reading 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jesus frees us to be our best self

Holy Trinity: God is in our heart of hearts

June 12, 2022 (third and final version) The first place that we go to look for God is in our “heart of hearts.”  Somewhere deep within our consciousness – partly in our mind, somewhere in the depths of what we call our hearts, our souls. In an old cosmology of 2,000 years ago, God wasContinue reading Holy Trinity: God is in our heart of hearts

Holy Trinity Sunday: “I want to encourage you not to get stuck in spiritual mud”

June 12, 2022 (Second version) What do we say about God today?  A Holy Trinity!  But what does that mean?  I have never understood or appreciated the philosophical or theological writings of the Middle Ages, of the scholastics, and personally, I don’t have to understand the great mystery of who God is. What is importantContinue reading “Holy Trinity Sunday: “I want to encourage you not to get stuck in spiritual mud””

Trinity Sunday: “My God is not a judge”

June 12, 2022 (first version) Living a better life with God and becoming better at living because of God’s Divine Presence in my life are the purposes to which I dedicate myself as a priest to helping others. This has become very clear to me over the last 10 years as we continue to moveContinue reading Trinity Sunday: “My God is not a judge”

7th Sunday of Easter

May 29, 2022 (This is a draft homily that Fr. Mangini wrote based off the 7th Sunday of Easter readings, which he did before realizing that the Ascension Readings were being used.) The Archbishop of San Francisco who bans the Speaker of the House from receiving Holy Communion and the Speaker of the House proclaimingContinue reading 7th Sunday of Easter