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In this homily given at St. Pat's on May 12, 2024, Fr. Miguel preaches on the great gift of Jesus resulting from his Ascension: the outpouring of his Holy Spirit at Pentecost. But like any gift that we have received, we can receive a gift well or not so well. How have you responded to the gift of God himself? Have you received him well?…
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In this homily given on April 21st, 2024, Fr Mathias exhorts us to live like Jesus, our Good Shepherd, and not like the hired men who abandons the sheep when danger is near. It's not just the clergy who are called to be like Jesus in shepherding God's people; the laity too who have people entrusted their care (parents, siblings, leaders, managers, …
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In this homily given at St. Pat's on Sunday April 14, 2024 Deacon Joshua Fons opens up the word of God, speaking about the importance and power of words. God has spoken to us in words, sent His Son, the Word, and calls us to listen to and obey His Word. Deacon also emphasizes the need to be rooted in the Word of God, to counter the lies of our mode…
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In this homily given on Divine Mercy Sunday (April 7th, 2024), Fr Mathias preaches on Jesus' declaration "peace be with you" in the Upper Room after the Resurrection. Far from being a simple greeting, the Risen Jesus is declaring that there is now peace between God and humanity through the blood of his cross. God desires this peace to the world by …
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In this homily given on Sunday March 10th, 2024 Fr Mathias preaches on what happens when we don't live out of how God sees us: we tend to obsess over how we appear to others and what they think of us. Father expounds on this destructive habit of the heart and how it plays out in our lives today, especially in our age of social media. Father ends hi…
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In this homily given at St. Pat's on Sunday, March 3rd 2024, Deacon Dave preaches on the woman at the well, giving the backstory of the Samaritan people. Deacon Dave described how her encounter with Jesus was personal and how it changed her from a woman isolated and shunned into a devoted disciple and dynamic evangelist.…
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In this homily given at St. Pat's on Sunday, February 25th, 2024 Deacon Joshua examines St. Paul's exclamation, "If our God is for us, then who can stand against us" in the context of engaging in the mission of our Diocese for the annual Diocesan Services Appeal. Our God is for us, and so we can't sit back and do nothing out of either fear or comfo…
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In this homily given on Sunday February 11th, 2024 Fr Mathias challenges us to imitate Jesus' posture toward those caught in the leprosy of sin: to hate the sin but love the sinner. After naming the two extremes of emphasizing one over the other, Father offers one tip on how to live in the difficult tension: remembering that we are a community of m…
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In this homily given at St Pat's on February 4th, 2024, Fr. Miguel preaches on how our Lord took the time in today's Gospel to pray so to give us an example of how we are to incorporate prayer in our Christian lives. As Christians, we are invited to open our hearts to the Lord in prayer and speak to him as a friend.…
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In this homily given on Sunday January 28th, 2024 Fr Mathias preaches on the Church's mission to destroy the works of the Devil. Christianity is not a passive or a private faith. We were born into a battle between good and evil. We who have been baptized have been enlisted by the King of the winning side to advance against the enemy. Every Christia…
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In this homily given at St Pat's on January 21, 2024, Fr. Miguel preaches how the proper context of Jesus' call to repentance is always our relationship with God the Father. For all of us, the invitation away from sin is always an invitation to return to the Father's embraceSt. Patrick Catholic Parish tarafından oluşturuldu
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Excited about Michigan's recent National Championship, Deacon Joshua Fons preaches about the kinds of moments that alter the course of our lives. But seldom do these moments happen on a football field; rather, they are moments of encounter with the Living God.St. Patrick Catholic Parish tarafından oluşturuldu
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In this homily given on the Solemnity of the Epiphany (January 7 2024), Fr Mathias suggests that Herod's response to the coming of Jesus the newborn king may have been rooted in a fear that Jesus was a threat to his kingship. Even though we don't know if this was the case with Herod, the dynamic of fear in the heart that sees Jesus a threat is prec…
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In this homily given at St. Pats on Sunday, December 31st, 2023 Deacon Dave preached on the Holy Family and encouraged every family to seek after holiness, to be different from the world around it. Deacon Dave emphasized the need for deliberate expressions of love within the family and how it can transform the culture and the world. “The future of …
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This Christmas, December 24th, 2023, Deacon Joshua Fons describes God's incredible plan to save the world that was revealed on Christmas. It is a plan that took millennia to prepare, and now we must make a response for ourselves.St. Patrick Catholic Parish tarafından oluşturuldu
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In this homily given on the Third Sunday of Advent (Dec 17 2023), Fr. Mathias exhorts us to rejoice at the coming of Jesus. After noting that deep abiding Christian joy is a gift from God, that it is a fruit of the Spirit that is borne by us when we are rooted in Christ, Father also describes joy as the soul's response to the presence and action of…
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In this homily given on the First Sunday of Advent (Dec 3 2023), Fr Mathias preaches on being watchful and awake for the coming of Christ upon our own death when each of us will be judged by Christ on our love. The biggest temptation to spiritual sleepiness is a kind of worldliness that is nothing other than a self-absorbed rejection of God and his…
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In this homily given at St Pat's on Nov. 19, 2023, Fr. Miguel preaches on the Charisms of the Holy Spirit, and how knowing what God can do through us we are less tempted to bury our spiritual gifts out of fear of what he might ask us to do.St. Patrick Catholic Parish tarafından oluşturuldu
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In this homily given on Sunday November 12 2023, Fr Mathias preaches on parable of the ten virgins and the suddenness of Jesus' return. Perhaps the safest sign that we will have oil in our relationship with God to enter the Wedding Feast of Heaven is the presence of a sincere desire and longing for God in our lives. Contrary to what the world think…
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In this homily given on Sunday October 29th 2023, Fr. Mathias preaches on the need for us to turn away from dead idols in order to serve the living and true God. Anytime we put something above God and our obedience to him, that thing becomes and idol and acts like poison on our lives, taking us away from God who alone can bring us the love, joy and…
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On World Mission Sunday, October 22nd, 2023, Deacon Dave shares a story from a parishioner that illustrates with great clarity the truth that even our own neighborhoods are mission territory. Deacon Dave also reads an excerpt from a mid-second century letter that describes how a Christian is called to live in the world. The main focus of the homily…
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In this homily given at St. Pat's on Sunday, October 15th, 2023 Deacon Joshua Fons unpacks the scripture readings for this Sunday, reflecting on how we are all invited to the Wedding Feast of Heaven, but that this is an invitation we either accept or reject. He highlights the sad reality that we often reject the invitation because we can't imagine …
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In this homily given at St Pat's on October 8, 2023, Fr. Miguel draws from Covenant Eyes' book, "Equipped: Smart Catholic Parenting in a Sexualized Culture '', and preaches on how we can make our families safe haven's from online pornography. A link to Resources from Covenant Eyes: Resources on Porn Recovery and Internet Safety | Covenant Eyes http…
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In this homily given on Sunday September 24th 2023, Fr Mathias talks about how gratitude for what God has given to us in Christ is the fundamental shape of our response to all he's done for us. As a result we are called to live as thankful stewards of what God is entrusting to us: our time, talent and treasure. Disciples of Christ are good stewards…
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In this homily given on Sunday September 17th, 2023, Fr Mathias breaks open Jesus' parable about the unforgiving servant. Forgiveness means to release someone from the debt they owe to us, a debt they incurred when they committed an injustice against us. Because we've been forgiven a massive debt we cannot possibly repay, we are to forgive those wh…
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In this homily given at St. Pat's on Sunday, September 10th, 2023 Deacon Joshua Fons preaches on how the call of the Prophet Ezekiel to be a watchman is a call for all of us today. He lays out practical ways that we can be watchman over our own hearts and minds, and those of our family's, in a culture that is growing increasingly hostile to the Fai…
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In this homily given on Sunday August 20, 2023, Fr Mathias applies Isaiah's prophecy about the Temple being a "house of prayer for all peoples" to the Church and St Pat's church sanctuary for Sunday Mass. The church sanctuary is to be a place of prayer in which we can encounter the living God and be a place where visitors, guests and strangers can …
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What does it look like to be in a relationship with the Living God? In this homily given at St. Pat's on Sunday, August 13th, 2023 Deacon Joshua Fons breaks open the story of St. Peter walking on the water and what it teaches us about following Jesus wherever He calls us to go.St. Patrick Catholic Parish tarafından oluşturuldu
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The Divine Mercy Foundation is a nonprofit organization, based in Texas, USA, that makes education accessible to the economically disadvantaged. They envision a world where the disadvantaged are able to reach their highest potential in keeping with their human dignity. For more information and to donate to this appeal visit https://divinemercyfound…
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In this homily given at St Pat's on July 30, 2023, Fr. Miguel preaches on the rich and insightful parable Jesus gives today, the parable of the treasure hidden in the field. In this parable, Jesus reveals to us how the Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, a treasure that fulfills the deepest desires of our hearts. When we find it, we can no longer…
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In this homily given on Sunday July 9, 2023, Fr Mathias preaches on Jesus' invitation to us, "Come to me who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest." (Mt 11:28). When we're exhausted, overwhelmed or even discouraged in the Christian life we all the more need to come to Jesus for rest. Child-like humility is the key to coming to Jesus in pr…
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In this homily given on Sunday June 18, 2023, Fr. Mathias begins his homily with how to understand the celebration of "Pride Month" from a Christian perspective. Each Christian is invited to see the world through the lens of compassion that flows from Jesus' heart. This means we are called to look upon people who have fallen victim to gender ideolo…
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In this homily given at St Pat's on June 11, 2023, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Fr. Miguel breaks open the great love contained within the Eucharist, and then offers two ways we can receive in greater measure the love of our Eucharistic Lord in our lives. Fr. Miguel then finishes with some practical reminders of how to receive the Lord in Commu…
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In this homily given on Trinity Sunday at St Pat's on Sunday June 4, 2023, Fr. Mathias preaches on three reasons why we hesitate or struggle to believe that God is for us, not against us. 1) Sin distorts our view of God. 2) Unprocessed suffering 3) Not thanking God enough Fr. Mathias walks through the inner dynamic of the heart on each of these poi…
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